Turning ‘Saving Democracy’ Into a Campaign Slogan Isn’t Helping Save Democracy
In what is likely a preview of President Joe Biden’s planned address tonight, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday afternoon outlined how the administration sees the stakes of next week’s midterms.
Biden “has been clear democracy is under assault and we cannot pretend otherwise,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. Wednesday night’s speech, which comes less than two months after Biden delivered a similarly themed (and poorly reviewed) address in Philadelphia, will include calling attention to “those who deny the documented truth about election results and those who seek to undermine public faith in our system of government.”
Presumably, Biden will not be pointing that spotlight at himself, or at fellow Democrats like Stacey Abrams, or at his very own press secretary. Indeed, if we’re putting together a list of people who have committed the sin of assaulting democracy by denying “the documented truth about election results,” then Jean-Pierre’s own name would show up in that dossier.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) December 18, 2016
And it would be there more than once.
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
Biden’s name would be in there too. In January, the president seemed to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the midterm elections when he told reporters that “the prospect of [it] being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get” the Democrats’ election reform bill passed. The White House later clarified that Biden was “absolutely not predicting that the 2022 elections would be illegitimate,” even though that’s plainly what he was saying.
That bill, by the
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