President Joe Biden is urging voters to reject hundreds of candidates at all levels of power who he says are having a “corrosive” effect on democracy by refusing to accept their election results.
With just six days to go before the Nov. 8 midterm elections, Biden made a fierce plea to voters to uphold American democracy in a primetime speech on Wednesday. The president called the upcoming vote “unprecedented,” saying more than 300 “election deniers” aligned with former President Donald Trump are on the ballot across the country. During his speech, Biden said voters will determine not only whether his party retains control of Congress, but whether democracy remains viable.
Biden delivered the speech at Union Station in Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol where a crowd of Trump supporters attempted to prevent certification of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021. In his remarks, Biden noted that the 2022 midterm is the first election since the Jan. 6 seat.
“I wish I could say the assault on democracy ended that day,” Biden said. “I can’t.”
Instead, Biden said, there are candidates for governors, congressmen, attorneys general and secretaries of state who are following what he said was Trump’s example of refusing to accept. results unless deemed the winner.
“Recent polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans think our democracy is in danger, that our democracy is under threat,” Biden said. “They see democracy is on the ballot this year.”