Joe Biden has warned Americans that “MAGA Republicans” are “trying to succeed where they failed in 2020” to overturn the will of voters in future terms.
In a speech delivered just six days before the polls closed, the US president said democracy was under attack because Donald Trump refused to accept the results of the 2020 election.
Highlighting the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Mr Biden warned that Mr Trump’s false claims about a stolen election have “fueled the dangerous rise of political violence and voter intimidation over the past two years”.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was seriously injured after being attacked with a hammer in his California home last week.
“There is an alarming increase in the number of people in this country who are tolerating political violence or simply remaining silent,” Biden said.
“Silence is complicity.”
He singled out “ultra-MAGA Republicans” – a reference to Mr Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan – saying they are a minority but a “driving force” in the Republican Party.
This group is “trying to succeed where it failed in 2020 to suppress voters’ rights and overthrow the electoral system itself”, he added.
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“There are candidates at 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 elections to which they participate.
“It’s the way of chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s illegal. And it’s not American.”
In a country where many people vote early, more than 27 million Americans have already voted in what is the first election since the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising.
Five people were killed and more than 140 police officers injured the day Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building – the seat of American power in Washington DC.
Mr Trump has been accused of inciting his supporters to overturn the results of the election held a few months earlier.
On Wednesday, Mr Biden implored voters to “think long and hard about where we stand”, adding: “In a typical year, we are not often faced with the question of whether the vote we issue will preserve democracy or put it at risk – but we are this year.”