West News Wire: With less than a week until the midterm elections, President Joe Biden gave a speech on Wednesday night in which he denounced political violence and urged voters to defend democracy.
He declared, “We must categorically reject both political violence and voter intimidation.” “Stand up and voice your opposition. In America, disputes aren’t resolved by riots, mobs, guns, or hammers. At the polls, we resolve them amicably.
Biden began by discussing the assault against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband last week. He described how an attacker broke into their California house and hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Biden was speaking from Union Station in Washington, which is close to the U.S. Capitol.
“The assailant entered the home asking, ‘Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?’ Those are the very same words used by the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, when they broke windows, kicked in the doors,” Biden said.
Biden then went on to denounce the Jan. 6 attackers as a mob “whipped into a frenzy” by former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Those falsehoods, Biden said, are still pervasive this election cycle with some Republican candidates espousing Trump’s lies about the 2020 race and are preemptively sowing doubt about the outcome in the races they’re running in this fall.
“American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election,” Biden said. “He refuses to accept the will of the people, he refuses to accept the fact that he lost.”
Biden also addressed vote tallies, trying to temper Election Day expectations by reminding the public that it may take a few days before full results are announced.
More than 28 million people have voted early in the 2022 general election, according to data analyzed by the University of Florida’s U.S. Elections Project.
“It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner,” he said.
The speech came just six days out from the Nov. 8 elections, where Democrats are defending their slim majorities in Congress.
Forecasts from FiveThirtyEight point to a potential Republican takeover of the House, while the Senate is in flux.
Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama and other political heavyweights have been hitting the campaign trial these final days to shore up voter enthusiasm in contentious races across the country.
Biden planned to portray the 2022 election as a contest between Democrats and “MAGA Republicans,” whom he characterizes as extremists who threaten rights to abortion, privacy, and same-sex marriage, rather than as a vote on his performance as president.
Regardless of party affiliation, I appeal to all Americans to seize this moment of crucial national and generational significance, Biden added. We must vote while aware of the issues at hand and not just the current administration’s agenda.
However, polls indicates that for the majority of voters, everyday concerns are front of mind. According to the most recent survey conducted by ABC News and Ipsos, 26% of Americans say the economy is the most significant factor influencing their vote, followed by inflation with 23%.