The US president says that some Republicans continue to sow seeds of doubt about the integrity of US midterm elections.
There is a fear of a further increase in political violence in the country.
US President Joe Biden called on Americans to unite against “political violence and voter intimidation” during his midterm election speech on Wednesday, November 2.
Congressional midterm elections are scheduled to take place in the United States next week, and his remarks about defending election integrity come just before that.
He said, “As I stand here today, there are candidates for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state, for every level of office in the United States.
Many will not even commit to accepting the results of the elections they are contesting.”
He added, “This is a path to chaos in America. This is a benign thing. It is also illegal and, contrary to American traditions.”
Most predictions for the midterm elections point to Republicans taking control of the House, while the Senate is expected to be a tight race between the two parties.
Biden Expresses Regret Over Political Violence
President Biden’s speech comes after a week ago, an incident at the home of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which there was an apparent attempt to take Nancy Pelosi hostage.
When the assailant found out about the senior Democrat not being at home, he attacked her husband.
Joe Biden quoted her during the speech, saying, “The attacker entered the house asking, ‘Where’s Nancy?’ Where’s Nancy?’
These were the same words used by the mob when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6.
The president said such rhetoric by Republicans rejecting the results of the 2020 presidential election and making baseless allegations of vote rigging serves to further fuel violence against voters and officials.
“There has been an alarming increase in the number of people in this country who ignore political violence or simply remain silent,” he added. Silence is a kind of partnership.
Biden also said it’s possible the full vote count could take longer after the midterm elections. Similar to what happened in November 2020, when full results took five days to be collected.
He said Americans are still voting by mail ballot and that it will take time to count them “in a legal and orderly manner.” “Citizens need to be patient,” he said.
‘America Is Kind Of At War’ Joe Biden
President Joe Biden has warned that equality and democracy in America are at risk.
According to him, former President Trump and extremist Republicans who support the slogan of ‘making America great again’ are a threat to the foundations of the country.
US President Joe Biden warned that American democracy is threatened by “extremists”.
During his speech, Joe Biden slammed former President Donald Trump and his “Make America Great Again” supporters.
“Donald Trump and the ‘Make America Great Again’ Republicans represent an extremist ideology that threatens the very foundations of our democracy,” he said.
“America is at war in search of its national soul,” Biden added.
“Equality and democracy are at stake. And if we turn a blind eye to it, we’re not doing ourselves any favors by pretending to be,” he said.
Trump Supporters Are Taking America Backwards
Biden warned that the Make America Great Again “forces are determined to obstruct the progress of this country.
They are trying to take America to a place where there is no right to choose what we want.” Where there is no right to privacy, no right to contraception and no right to marry the one you love.”
Across political divides, Biden called on Americans, especially mainstream Republicans, to come forward in defense of the country’s democracy.
Joe Biden said, “For too long, we’ve convinced ourselves that democracy in America is guaranteed.
But it’s not. We have to defend it. Protect it. Stand up for it.” Be done. Every one of us must stand up.”
Biden’s Tough Stance Ahead Of US Midterm Elections
In the background of the mid-term elections in the United States, Joe Biden has intensified his attacks on Republican politicians associated with Trump in his speech.
It also signals a marked shift in the current administration’s strategy of targeting hardline supporters of the former president.
For almost a year after taking office, Biden avoided mentioning Trump’s name in his speech. But now he is openly criticizing him.
“More Americans reject an extremist idea like ‘Make America Great Again,’ and outnumber those who reject it,” Biden said.
Jeff Kaufman, a Republican leader, reacted by saying that Biden was demonstrating an authoritarian style of government by saying such things and “trying to make his political opponents, enemies of the state.”
Joe Biden likened the ‘Make America Great Again’ philosophy to “quasi-fascism”.
And even then, Senate Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized him. He said it was an attempt to defame millions of “hardworking and law-abiding citizens”.