Biden to warn election deniers pose ‘unprecedented’ threat to America

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will say on Wednesday that threats by some Republican candidates to refuse to accept the results of the election if they lose are going to crisis” and will ask the voters to reject the election.

The White House has released details of the speech Biden is expected to deliver later Wednesday night as he tries to help Democrats face pressure from Republicans and control the US Congress.

Biden will say that the election on November 8 is the first since January 6, 2021, against the US Capitol by supporters of then President Donald Trump. “I wish I could say that the assault on our freedom ended that day. But I can’t,” Biden will say, according to the transcript.

Biden will speak at 7:00 pm / 2300 GMT at the House of Representatives National Committee on Washington’s Union Square near Capitol Hill.

He will urge voters to “think long and hard about the times we live in.”

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“As I stand here today, there are candidates for office at every level in America: for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state who will not swear Accept the results of the election that they are in,” he will say.

“That’s the way to go to crisis in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s illegal. And, it’s not American,” Biden would say.

The Democratic National Committee said Biden will “address the threats of those who deny voting and those who seek to undermine faith in voting and democracy; and the stakes for our freedom in next week’s election.”

Biden believes it is important to speak out “strongly and clearly” against political violence and those who have said they will not accept the results of the election, The White House Chief of Staff Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

“This is a distraction,” he told a White House briefing. “What the president believes is what he’s seeing and what we’re hearing from the MAGA Republican leaders – the hardline Republicans – who are saying they’re not going to accept the nomination. This is a threat to our freedom.”

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The statement comes in response to the return of the US Capitol violence last year and the attack on the weekend for the husband of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, adviser in the White House Anita Dunn spoke to Axios about the incident.

Most moderate polls predict Republicans will almost certainly control the House, and suggest the Senate is a waste.

Looking ahead to 2024, Dunn said Biden intends to run for re-election, as he has said before. Although the official statement has not yet come, “we are engaged in some preparations,” he said.

Trump supporters protested the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to stop the certification of Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election.

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During the review by several courts, state officials and members of Trump’s administration confirmed his false claims that his election was the result of widespread fraud. thing, he has been publishing them since he resigned.

Voter fraud is rare in America, but many Americans are concerned. A Reuters/Ipsos poll that ended Monday found that 49% of Americans think voter fraud is a serious problem, with 34% of Democrats and 69% of Republicans holding that view. .

Some 44% said they were concerned that the US election was rigged, including 28% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans.

Despite these beliefs, 67% of respondents said they believe their own ballots will be counted correctly, including a majority of Democrats and Republicans.

Directed by Andrea Shalal and Jeff Mason; wrting by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu, edited by Deepa Babington

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