“In a normal year, we don’t face the question of whether the vote we cast preserves democracy or endangers it,” Biden said, “but this year we do.” at the Democrats in Washington. He highlighted that Tuesday’s election was the first US election since violent supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“I wish I could say that the attack on our democracy ended that day. But I can’t,” he said. The upcoming elections have seen candidates at all levels “who do not want to commit to accepting the results of the elections in which they participate”.
“Unprecedented, lawless, anti-American”
“This is the road to chaos in America,” Biden said Wednesday night. “This is unprecedented, lawless and un-American. As I said before, you can’t just love your country if you win.” An October analysis by the Washington Post found that more than half of Republican midterm candidates doubt the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, or at least question it, 291 out of 569. Even Trump himself refuses to this day to acknowledge his defeat at the time.
Portal/Leah Millis The latest political violence in the United States began with the Capitol storm in January 2021
Next week’s midterm elections will see all 435 House seats and about a third of the Senate seats up for grabs. There are also elections for governors in many states. Many other items are also voted on.
Biden, who always emphasizes the importance of compromise and cooperation across party lines, has recently sharpened his rhetoric and attacked Trump and his supporters more directly than ever before. In a speech in Philadelphia in September, he urged Americans to stand “against extremism” in the midterm elections.
Warning “MAGA Republicans”
Trump and the “MAGA Republicans” represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of the Republic. MAGA stands for Trump’s previous campaign motto “Make America Great Again”. “We must speak out against political violence and voter intimidation with an overwhelming voice,” the US president said. “We have to face this problem,” he added. “We can’t pretend it’s going to work out.”
IMAGO/USA TODAY Network/Angela Piazza Trump supporters see Biden as a threat to democracy
In his speech on Wednesday, Biden said that “MAGA Republicans” are a minority but a “powerful force” in the Republican Party. His false claims of the “stolen election of 2020” have also led to a dangerous rise in politically motivated violence in the US. Biden once again described the violent attack on the 82-year-old husband of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday. The attacker was after the powerful Democrat herself, but did not find her during the attack.
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“This driving force is trying to succeed where it failed in 2020 to suppress voter rights and subvert the electoral system itself,” Biden said. He urged candidates who denied the 2020 election result to accept the results of the upcoming midterm elections.
Tough election forecasts in many places
However, many voters are more concerned about the persistently high inflation of 8.2% recently than they are about democracy. According to polls, Democrats are likely to lose a majority in the House of Representatives to opposition Republicans. Democrats could defend their majority in the Senate. However, several decisive races are so close that predictions are very difficult.