President Joe Biden warned again on Wednesday against Republicans taking power in the midterm elections, arguing that “the very soul of America itself” was at risk.
“We the people must decide if the rule of law will prevail or if we will let the dark forces and … the thirst for power come before the principles that have long guided us,” Biden said during a speech at the interior of Union Station.
Biden began his speech by recalling a deranged individual’s attack on Paul Pelosi on Friday after the attacker could not find Speaker Nancy Pelosi at their home in San Francisco.
The president again tried to link the attack on Pelosi to Jan. 6, when Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill to protest the 2020 presidential election.
Biden blamed former President Donald Trump for challenging the 2020 election results, which he said only increased incidents of political violence.
“We don’t settle our differences in America with a riot, a mob, a bullet or a hammer, we settle them peacefully at battle – the ballot box,” he said.
Biden’s speech was heavily partisan, ignoring Democrats who protested the 2016 election results, falsely declaring Trump an illegitimate president elected due to Russian influence. He also ignored incidents of Democratic political violence and political figures who refused to recognize legitimate elections.
Instead, he blamed “extreme MAGA” Republicans.
“Right now, we have to confront these lies with the truth. The very future of our nation depends on it,” he said, calling it a “watershed moment” in American history.
He warned that more than 300 Republican presidential candidates had questioned the 2020 presidential election, which symbolized the “appetites of autocracy” against American democracy.
“We must with a united and overwhelming voice speak as a country and say that there is no place for voter intimidation or political violence in America,” he added. “No place period, never place.”
Biden repeated many of the democracy talking points he has pursued since taking office, again accusing Republicans of endangering the future of democracy in the United States.
The president argued that the future of democracy was more important than all other issues, implicitly calling on Americans to vote Democratic in order to save the country’s future.
“We need to vote knowing what’s at stake, not just the politics of the moment,” he said.