U.S. President Joe Biden has started Multi-day tour Come to Europe with a clear goal: to tell the world that democracy—not autocracy—is the way forward.
But when he delivered this message overseas, at home, Americans on the political fringe that critics feared were undermining Biden’s idea of marketing to the world.
“This is a decisive question of our time: Can democracies unite and bring real results to our people in a rapidly changing world?” the American president wrote in the Washington Post before his visit.
“Can the democratic coalitions and institutions that have shaped most of the last century prove that they are capable of defending against modern threats and adversaries? I believe the answer is yes. In Europe this week, we have the opportunity to prove it.”
Biden will meet Before the British leader of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries and Brussels and NATO allies conclude his first overseas trip meeting With Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Critics: Republicans are threatening democracy
As Biden left the United States on Wednesday morning, a new poll showed that nearly three in ten Republicans believe that former President Donald Trump will resume the presidency in the next few months.
What needs to be clear is that this is something that has never happened in the history of the United States, and there is no mechanism in the US government system that allows this to happen.
The vast majority of Americans — 72% — believe that Trump’s reinstatement is unlikely or impossible, including 84% of Democrats and 70% of independents, who consulted polls in the morning (PDF) The discovery was released on Wednesday.
But 29% of Republicans think it is possible, and 17% of them think it is very possible. This result has exacerbated some American political observers’ concerns about the foundation of American democracy.
“We have to face the fact that Republicans-obviously with exceptions-have become an authoritarian party,” said Steven Levitsky, a political scientist at Harvard University and co-author of “How Democracy Die”. Tell the Associated Press last week.
“If one of the parties is not willing to abide by the rules of the game, it is impossible to maintain democracy in a two-party system.”
The idea that Trump will retrieve his old job. According to reports, the former president himself expressed confidence in this. This was motivated by months of continuous false statements that the November 2020 election was from the Republican Party. Stealed from the leader.
Undermining Biden’s promotion to the presidency is basis The riots in the U.S. Congress on January 6 are the driving factors behind continued attempts to support Trump’s baseless theories.
In the past few months, individual members of Congress Vote against The Biden Electoral College’s victory proved that the party “audit” of the presidential election ballot has been held, and the Republicans of the Republicans and other battlefield states Florida, Georgia with Texas The voting and election rules were rewritten to deal with “fraud” that never really happened.
These efforts have aroused the concerns of critics that American democracy is threatened.
In Arizona, a state Senate approved and highly partisan audit In the results of the presidential election, Funding Facts have proved that Trump’s inner circle has captured the attention of the former president and his supporters.
They counted on its conclusion as a catalyst to overthrow the local and other state results, ultimately leading to an unprecedented “reinstatement” of Trump as president.
“None of this is possible. But this is the kind of thing he is trying to integrate into the conservative media ecosystem,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said on CNN last week. Lampe privately touted the idea of reinstatement.
The morning consultation poll released on Wednesday also showed that the vast majority of Americans (77%) believe that democracy is under threat. This includes 77% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans.
“There are many warning signs,” Rick Hasson, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, told the Associated Press. “For democracy, this is a very dangerous time.”