WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Targeting former President Donald Trump and other Republicans who continue to spread lies about the 2020 election, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday democracy could not be taken for granted in the country , emphasizing that people should stand up for democracy.
With the midterm elections less than a week away, the president argued in the Democratic National Committee speech that “American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refused to accept the results. 2020 elections”.
While addressing the nation on preserving and protecting democracy, Biden said, “We can no longer take democracy for granted.”
“He (Trump) refuses to accept the will of the people, he refuses to accept the fact that he lost. He abused his power and put loyalty to himself before loyalty to the Constitution. And he made a big lie an article of faith of the mega Republican Partythe minority of this party.”
“This bullying, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and nonpartisan officials who are just doing their job, is the result of lies told for power and profit, lies of conspiracy and malice, lies repeated over and over again. to generate a cycle of anger, hatred, vitriol and even violence,” Biden said at a Democratic National Committee event at Union Station near the Capitol.
Highlighting the threats to democracy and political violence, Biden further urged people to confront these lies with the truth, “the very future of our nation depends on it.”
Recalling the violent assault on the Speaker of the United States House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul PelosiBiden said: “After the assailant entered the house asking where Nancy is, where Nancy is, that was the exact same word used by the mob when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6. When they smashed the window, they brutally attacked the doors, law enforcement ran through the carters…and erected gallows to hang former Vice President Mike Pence.It was an enraged mob that been driven into a frenzy by a president repeating over and over again that the big lie that the 20202 election was stolen is a lie that has fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over the the past two years.”
On January 6, 2021, a crowd of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol complex in Washington DC as Congress gathered to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
He further said that even before Jan. 6, election officials and election workers in a number of states had faced threatening calls, physical threats, and even death threats.
“In Georgia, for example, the Republican secretary of state and his family received death threats because he refused to break the law and give in to the ousted president’s request to find him 11,780 votes,” he said. -he adds.
President Biden concluded his remarks, which highlighted the “damaging, corrosive and destructive” nature of election denial and political violence, at 7:22 p.m.
In his remarks, the president warned that “Republicans” have contributed to a climate where some Americans have developed an “appetite for autocracy.”
“We don’t settle our differences with a riot, a mob, a bullet or a hammer,” President Biden said, referring to the attack on Paul Pelosi. “We settle them peacefully at the polls.”
President Biden has said those willing to use violence for political gain are a “distinct minority” in America, “but they are vocal and they are determined.”
Candidates who are poised to refuse to accept next week’s election results, President Biden has said, are choosing “the path of chaos in America.”
“It’s unprecedented, it’s illegal and it’s un-American.”
Biden concluded with his familiar line crafted by Jon Meacham: “Fate if America’s soul is where it always is — with the people.”



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