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 election results if they lose are a “path to chaos” and will urge voters to reject the election.

The White House released excerpts of a speech Biden will deliver later on Wednesday night as he tries to help Democrats face a strong challenge from Republicans and retain control of the US Congress.

Biden will say that the Nov. 8 election is the first since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. “I wish I could say the attack on our democracy ended that day. But I can’t,” Biden will say, according to the quote.

Biden will speak at the Democratic National Committee event at 7 pm / 2300 GMT at Washington Union Station near Capitol Hill.

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

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“As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America: for governor, for Congress, for Attorney General, for secretary of state who will not commit to accepting the results of the election they are in,” he will say.

“That’s the path to chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s illegal.

The Democratic National Committee said Biden will “address the threat of election denialists and those who seek to undermine trust in voters and democracy; and the stakes for our democracy in next week’s election.”

Biden believes it is important to speak “loud and clear” against political violence and those who have said they will not accept the election results, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

“This is an inflection point,” he said at a regular White House briefing. “What the president believes is that what he sees and what we hear from MAGA Republican officials – extreme Republican officials – who say they don’t accept this election, is a threat to our democracy.”

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AMERICA is worried

The speech came against the backdrop of last year’s attack on the US Capitol and the weekend attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, a fellow Democrat, White House senior adviser Anita Dunn told the Axios show.

Most midterm forecasts predict that Republicans are almost guaranteed to take control of the House, and show the Senate is a toss-up.

Looking ahead to 2024, Dunn said Biden will run for re-election, as he has said before. Although an official announcement has yet to come, “we’re doing some planning,” he said.

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

While reviews by dozens of courts, state authorities and members of Trump’s own administration have rejected his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud, he has continued to broadcast them since leaving office.

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Voter fraud is rare in America, but a large number of Americans are concerned. A Reuters/Ipsos poll concluded on Monday found that 49% of Americans think voter fraud is a widespread 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 those beliefs, 67% of respondents said they believed their own votes would be counted accurately, including a majority of Democrats and Republicans.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Jeff Mason; writing by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu, editing by Deepa Babington

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