U.S. President Joe Biden has embarked on a trip of several days in Europe with a clear goal in mind: to tell the world that democracy – not autocracy – is the way forward.
But as he carries this message abroad, at home there are Americans in the political fringe that critics fear will escape the same idea that Biden intends to sell to the world.
“This is a crucial question of our time: can democracies come together to give real results to our people in a rapidly changing world?” the president of the United States wrote to The Washington Post before his trip.
“Will the democratic alliances and institutions that shaped much of the last century demonstrate their capacity against current threats and adversaries? I think the answer is yes. And this week in Europe, we have the opportunity to prove it. “
Biden will to meet in the United Kingdom the leaders of the group of seven (G7) industrialized nations and in Brussels with NATO allies before ending their first trip abroad with a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Critics: Republicans threaten democracy
When Biden left the United States Wednesday morning, a new poll revealed that nearly three in ten Republicans believe former President Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in the coming months.
To be clear, this is something that has never happened in U.S. history nor is there a mechanism within the U.S. system of government that allows this to happen.
The vast majority of Americans (72 percent) believe it is unlikely or unlikely that Trump will be reinstated, including 84 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents, according to the Morning Consult poll (PDF) published Wednesday found.
But 29 percent of Republicans believe it is likely, including 17 percent who say it is very likely, a result that amplifies the concerns some U.S. political observers have about the foundations of American democracy.
“We have to deal with the fact that Republicans, obviously with exceptions, have become an authoritarian party,” Harvard political scientist Steven Levitsky and co-author of the book How Democracies Die told The News agency. Associated Press.
“It is impossible to sustain a democracy in a two-party system when one of the parties is unwilling to follow the rules of the game.”
The idea that Trump will regain his former job, which the former president himself is said to be giving confidence to, is being driven by the constant beating of months of false claims that the November 2020 election was stolen from the Republican leader.
The effort to undermine Biden’s rise to the presidency served as a base for the January 6 U.S. Capitol riots and is the driving force behind continued attempts to reinforce Trump’s unfounded theories.
In recent months, individual members of Congress voted against the certification of the victory of the Biden Electoral College, have been carried out “audits” in favor of the votes of the presidential and Republican elections in battlefield states such as Florida, Georgia i Texas they have rewritten electoral and electoral rules in reaction to a “fraud” that has never occurred.
These efforts have sparked fear among critics that democracy in the U.S. is threatened.
In Arizona, a state-sanctioned and highly supportive state audit of the results of the presidential election, financed by Trump’s inner circle, it turns out, he has captured the focus of the former president and his supporters.
They are betting that their conclusion will be a catalyst to nullify the results there and in other states, and will ultimately lead to Trump’s unprecedented “reincorporation” as president.
“None of this is possible. But that’s the kind of thing he’s trying to get into the conservative media ecosystem, “New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN, reporting that Trump has been privately promoting the idea. of reintegration.
The Morning Consult poll released Wednesday also revealed that a large majority of Americans (77%) believe democracy is under threat. This includes 77% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans.
“There are a lot of warning signs,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California-Irvine, told AP. “It’s a very dangerous time for democracy.”