U.S. President Joe Biden started one travel for several days to Europe with a clear goal in mind: to tell the world that democracy – not autocracy – is the way forward.
But while taking this message overseas, at home there are Americans on the political board who critics fear will stifle the very idea that Biden seeks to sell to the world.
“We are at a turning point in world history. A moment where we need to demonstrate that democracies will not only last but excel as they rise to seize the enormous opportunity of a new era,” Biden said Wednesday when he landed at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom.
Biden will to meet in the UK leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and in Brussels with NATO allies before ending the eight-day trip with a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
“This is my first overseas trip as president of the United States,” Biden told troops at the air base. “I want to go to the G7, then to the NATO minister and then meet with Putin to let him know what I want him to know.
“At every point along the way, we need to make it clear that the United States is back and the world’s democracies are coming together to face the toughest challenges, and the issues that matter most for our future.”
Critics: Republicans threaten democracy
When Biden left the United States Wednesday morning, a new poll revealed that nearly three Republicans in 10 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 the history of the United States and there is not even a mechanism in the American system of government to allow that to happen.
The vast majority of Americans – 72 percent – think it’s not very likely or unlikely that Trump will be reinstated, including 84 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents, the Morning Consult poll (PDF) released Wednesday found.
But 29 percent of Republicans believe it is likely, including 17 percent who say it is highly likely, a result that amplifies the concerns that some U.S. political observers have about the foundations of American democracy.
“We’re going to address the fact that Republicans – obviously with exceptions – have become an authoritarian party,” Associated Press spokesman Steven Levitsky, a Harvard political scientist and co-author of, told the Associated Press. in the book How Die Democracies.
“It is impossible to sustain a democracy in a two-party system when one of the parties is not willing to play according to the rules of the game.”
The idea that Trump will resume his old job has been driven by the constant battle of months of false claims that the November 2020 elections were stolen from the Republican leader.
The effort to undermine Biden’s victory served as well base for the January 6 revolt of the United States Capitol and is the driving force behind continued attempts to reinforce Trump’s unfounded theories.
Over the past few months, individual members of Congress voted against certification of victory at Biden Electoral College, partisan “verifications” of presidential election ballots were held, and Republicans in battlefield states as Florida, Georgia and Texas they rewrote the rules of voting and election in reaction to the “fraud” that never occurred.
These efforts have raised fears among critics that democracy in the United States will be threatened.
In Arizona, a state-run Senate is very partisan audited of the results of the presidential election, financed from Trump’s inner circle, it turns out, he has captured the fire of the former president and his supporters.
They bank on their conclusion being a catalyst for nullifying the results here and in other states, eventually leading to Trump’s unprecedented “reintegration” as president.
“None of this is possible.” But that’s the kind of thing that’s trying to slip into the conservative media ecosystem, ”New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who said Trump publicly deprived the idea of reinstatement, told CNN last week .
The Morning Consult poll released Wednesday also revealed that a large majority of Americans – 77 percent – believe that democracy is a threat. This includes 77 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans.
“There are a lot of warning signs,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California-Irvine, told the AP. “It’s a very dangerous moment for democracy.”