WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden warns US voters that the future of democracy is at stake in next week’s midterms, with the steadfast refusal of some Republican candidates to accept election results opening a “path to chaos in America.”
With conservatives hammering his administration over the state of the economy, the 79-year-old Democrat aims squarely at Republicans who have cast their lot with former president Donald Trump in denying Biden’s 2020 election victory.
“There are candidates running for every level of office in America… who won’t commit to accepting the results of the elections they’re in,” Biden says in a televised address to the nation.
Their goal, he says, is to follow Trump’s lead and try to “subvert the electoral system itself” — noting there are more than 300 Republican election deniers on the ballot in races across the country this year.
“They’ve emboldened violence and intimidation of voters and election officials,” he charges — less than two years after a mob of Trump supporters ransacked the US Capitol to try to overturn the 2020 result.
“That is the path to chaos in America,” he says. “It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful. And, it is un-American.”
Biden’s dire warning of threats to democracy come six days ahead of Tuesday’s vote, in which Republicans are heavily favored to capture the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.
In the wake of a violent attack on the husband of the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, which dramatically heightened concerns about heated political rhetoric, Biden urges Americans to unite in defense of democracy.
“We must with an overwhelming voice stand against political violence and voter intimidation, period,” he says.
“We have to face this problem,” he said. “We can’t pretend it’s just going to solve itself.”