White House officials defended Biden saying future elections could be “illegitimate”, and criticized Donald Trump and the “Big Lie”
US Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States and White House Press secretary Jen Psaki tried to help President Joe Biden explain his apparent inability to legitimize future US elections. Psaki took even aim at Donald Trump’s predecessor.
Savannah Guthrie said it to Harris during a Thursday appearance on NBC “astonishing”Visit the president “openly cast doubt”Future elections
These remarks were made during an extended press conference held a day before. Biden hesitated when he said whether midterm elections in 2022 would take place. “fairly conducted”And “legitimate”If Congress fails to pass specific legislation, his administration will continue pushing unsuccessfully for it for many months.
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“It easily could be illegitimate,” Biden said. “Imagine if, in fact, Trump had succeeded in convincing Pence to not count the votes [in 2020].”
Biden added later that future elections could be illegitimate. “in direct proportion”Being able get reforms from the Democratic Party through Congress.
Harris stated in an interview with NBC that Biden is her husband. “been consistent”On the question of voting rights: Multiple times, I refused to say directly if the failure to pass the voting reform bills would affect the upcoming elections. “illegitimate.”However, she did accuse Republicans, under the pretense of security, of having passed laws restricting voter access.
Harris’ interview and non-answers were mostly mocked on social media, and Psaki found herself attempting to explain the president’s words only hours later.
Psaki claims that Biden meant “the” “opposite”These are his critics’ thoughts.
“Let’s be clear,”The president attempted to explain the results by tweeting her, and she then tweeted back. “illegitimate” only if states followed Trump’s lead. “[Joe Biden]He was not denying the legitimacy of 2022’s election. He was making the opposite point.”
According to Psaki Biden explained that the results would come out. “illegitimate”Only if the states are able to comply “do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact.”
“The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk,” she said, referring to the former president’s continued insistence that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. “We’re fighting to protect it.”
The former president requested that states follow his instructions after the 2020 election and toss out the ballots, overturn the results. This Big Lie puts our democracy in danger. We’re fighting to protect it.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 20, 2022