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Biden warns of threats to US democracy

Six days before the US Congressional elections, US President Joe Biden warned of a threat to democracy in the United States. He called on voters to vote on November 8, rejecting electoral denial and politically motivated violence.

“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.”

Biden spoke at a Democratic campaign event in Washington last night (local time). 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”.

Biden’s Republican predecessor, Trump, refused to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Without any evidence, he continues to claim he was deprived of a victory by electoral fraud. Following this example, individual Republicans running for terms or office in the November 8 midterm elections leave it open whether they will accept the election result in any case.