On Wednesday, Joe Biden addressed the nation for another “Dark Brandon” speech bashing “MAGA Republicans” and claiming the GOP is a “threat” to “democracy.” But he also said Americans will have to wait, possibly days after the election, for results.
American Military News reports:
“We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots until after the polls close on November 8th,” Biden said. “That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days after the election. It takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner.
“It’s always been important for citizens in a democracy to be informed and engaged. Now it’s important for citizens to be patient as well,” he added.
Biden made connections between the attack on Paul Pelosi and the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when protestors and rioters breached the U.S. Capitol after then-President Donald Trump raised challenges to the 2020 election results. The 2020 election say delays in vote counts on election night and several states Trump was leading in on election night flipped in Biden’s favor as states continued to count ballots after election day.
“This is also the first election since the events of January the 6th,” Biden said. “I wish I could say the assault on democracy ended that day,” Biden continued. “But I cannot. As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America . . . who won’t commit, they will not commit to accepting the results of elections that they are running in. It’s unprecedented, it’s unlawful and it’s un-American.”
The speech comes days after Biden himself said the 2022 midterm elections could be “illegitimate” — showing himself casting doubt on election results despite his speech claiming Americans must blindly accept elections. Per the White House transcript:
MEDIA QUESTION: A moment ago, you were asked whether or not you believed that we would have free and fair elections in 2022 if some of these state legislatures reformed their voting protocols. You said that it depends. Do you — do you think that they would in any way be illegitimate?
BIDEN: Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate. … I mean, imagine if those attempts to say that the count was not legit. You have to recount it and we’re not going to count — we’re going to discard the following votes. I mean, sure, but — I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit. It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.