Biden: “We can no longer take democracy for granted”
It was an unusual speech, but so are the circumstances. This Wednesday, six days before the legislative elections in the United States, the president of the USA, Joe Biden, has launched from Washington a crude denunciation of the assault on democracy that has been experienced in the country since former president Donald Trump launched a campaign against democracy. the “big lie” of a non-existent electoral fraud in the last presidential elections. And Biden has assured that the nation is “at a inflection point“. “We can no longer take democracy for granted“, she has said.
The seriousness of his words, and his tone, make sense in the current political and social moment in the United States. His speech came just a few days after a man entered the home of the Speaker of the Lower House, Nancy Pelosi, and violently assaulted the Democrat's octogenarian husband. , who was the one the attacker was looking for. He also came as incidents of intimidation of voters and poll workers occurred.and when the authorities have raised the alert to possible episodes of violence by extremists after the elections.
His speech was also delivered before elections where about < strong>300 Republican candidates for Congress but also for state positions that will be decisive for the development of future elections have embraced Trump's great lie and adopted his manual of challenging the dictation of the polls. “They are not committed to accepting the results of the elections to which they are presented,” Biden stressed. “This is a path to chaos in the United States. It is unprecedented. It is illegal. And it's anti-American“.
Trump and the Republicans
Biden had already given other speeches warning about the threats to democracy in the US, including one on the first anniversary of the assault on the Capitol and another last summer, in which, unlike this Wednesday, he did. quoted by his name to Trump. But in his words this time, so close to an election where the Republicans are favorites to take control of at least one of the Houses of Congress and in some decisive state races, it throbbed. more urgency. “We must vote knowing who we have been, what we are in danger of becoming “, he said at another point in the speech.
Although the president has urged citizens to reject political violence and intimidation “whether it is directed at Democrats or Republicans,” he has pointed to a clear person responsible for the deterioration of the situation. He has recalled that Trump “refused to accept his defeat” and has directly linked acts such as the aggression at Pelosi's house to “lies told for power and benefit, repeated over and over again to < strong>generate a cycle of rage, hatred, vitriol and even violence“. And he has also accused the “extremist republicans MAGA” (the acronym in English for the Trump slogan Make America Great Again). Again-), “a minority but the driving force” of the conservative formation, of encouraging violence and intimidation of voters and election officials.
A long count
The president has also launched a clearly precautionary message, warning that, just as happened in In the 2020 presidential elections, the results of these legislative elections may take days to be known. So Trump and his allies tried to exploit that normal process to count all early and mail-in votes to advance their false accusations, but the president has recalled that “it takes time to count all legitimate votes in a legal and orderly manner” and has urged to “be patient“.
“There has been anger before in the US, there has been division, but we have never given up on the American experiment and we cannot do it now” Biden has also said, who has called for “starting to look for the other, to see ourselves as people, not as staunch enemies” and has assessed that “disunity and chaos are not inevitable“.
With his message to voters in this final stretch of the campaign, the president showed that warning of the dangers to democracy is more central, if possible, than trying to talk to them about the inflation, crime or abortion. “We do not settle our differences with a riot, a mob, a bullet or a hammer. We settle them peacefully at the polls,” he has also said. “But we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to face this problem. We can't ignore it. We can't pretend it's going to fix itself.”