WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks Wednesday night on the importance of protecting democracy and the threat posed by election deniers as part of his final address to voters as he approaches the midterm next week.
In his remarks, Biden is expected to echo past warnings he has issued about the threat posed by those spreading false information about the validity of the 2020 election, according to a statement from the Democratic National Committee. Biden has repeatedly accused former President Donald Trump’s Republican supporters of promoting “extremism”.
“President Biden has talked about democracy all his time in office and before that, and I think you can expect to hear it tonight, like what he’s been saying for the past few months. , that there’s a lot at stake, including democracy and everyone has a role to play in it,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon said during a briefing. event organized by Axios.
The remarks will take place at 7 p.m. from Union Station in Washington — a location chosen for its proximity to the U.S. Capitol, White House senior adviser Anita Dunn said at the Axios event.
“He will be doing the Capitol Hill speech, and why will he be doing the Capitol Hill speech? Because on January 6, we saw violence aimed at subverting democratic processes, so this is an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,” Dunn said.
Sources familiar with the matter told NBC News that while the topic has been on the president’s mind for some time, a number of developments have added to the urgency, including the growing suggestion by some Republican officials that they may not accept the election results and the fact that some Republicans have refused to denounce or outright mocked last Friday’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.
“The President will continue to draw attention to the threat to democratic integrity and public safety posed by those who deny the documented truth about election results and those who seek to undermine public confidence in our system of government,” the White House press secretary said. Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Unfortunately, we have seen mega MAGA Republican officials who do not believe in the rule of law,” she added. “They refuse to accept the results of free and fair elections. And they fan the flames of political violence by what they praise and what they refuse to condemn.”
In his remarks, Biden will also point out that it can take several days for all votes to be counted in some key swing states, O’Malley Dillon said. In 2020, election deniers used the time lag required to count mail-in ballots by hand to level false accusations against election officials.
Kristen Welker contributed.