‘One election won’t change that’: Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden STILL believes democracy is ‘at risk’ despite Democrats’ surprise midterms night
- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden still believes democracy is still under threat
- “The president has been very clear that … he believes that our democracy is still under threat and that the American people must defend it,” she said.
- Biden frames midterm elections as struggle between democracy and autocracy
- Democratic candidates outperformed, holding back a GOP wave
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday that President Joe Biden still believes democracy is still under threat, despite Democrats doing better than expected in the midterm elections.
“The president has been very clear that he still sees, that he believes that our democracy is still under threat and that the American people must defend it,” she said during her daily news conference.
One election won’t change that. And so there is still work to be done,” she added.
Many midterm candidates who questioned the 2020 presidential results lost their races, but more than 100 won in house, senate and governor competitions across the country.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden still believes democracy is still under threat
Several races are yet to be counted. So far, there have been no lawsuits or allegations of vote fraud, but several key states — including Arizona, Nevada and California — are still counting the votes and may not be settled until next week.
‘There is still work to be done,’ Jean-Pierre noted. “There is still work to be done to strengthen our democracy and there is still work to be done to protect our democracy. Again, it’s not going to happen under one election.’
President Biden described the 2022 election as a struggle between democracy and autocracy.
“I think it was a good day for democracy,” he said of the results on Wednesday.
Our democracy has been tested in recent years. But with their voices, the American people have spoken and proved once again that democracy is who we are.”
“States across the country saw record attendances. And the very heart and soul of our democracy – the voters, the polling stations, the election officials – they did their job and they did their duty, and apparently without much interference – without any interference, it seems. And that, I think, is a will to the American people.”
Biden’s Democrats outperformed in the midterm elections.
Control of Congress remains unknown as many West Coast states still count the ballots.
Republicans are still predicted to win the House, but by a narrow margin instead of the red wave many predicted. The Senate remains close.
Two days after Americans went to the polls, Republicans are within 12 House seats of the 218 needed to win.
The battle for the Senate could become clearer as Arizona and Nevada count their votes. Republicans currently have 49 seats and Democrats 48.
Democrats or Republicans could gain control of the Senate by winning two of the remaining three outstanding races.
President Joe Biden called midterm elections a struggle between democracy and autocracy
There were no direct reports of harassment in the polls while voters waited to vote, as they do in Nevada on Tuesday
In addition, there were no immediate reports of harassment in the polls, a fear among many Democrats given the volatile political climate.
Many candidates gave up their races as soon as the results were clear.
In the Pennsylvania Senate contest, Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz called the Democrat John Fetterman up and he relented.
In the Ohio Senate race, Democrat Tim Ryan did the same when Republican JD Vance won.