Bringing decency back? Biden spins Trump candidates, GOP midterm losses on world stage

Following a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, President Joe Biden discussed the United States midterm elections and their impact on the world at large, making sure to get a few digs in at candidates backed by former President Donald Trump.

“What we saw was the strength and resilience of the American democracy, and we saw it in action. And the American people proved once again that democracy is who we are,” Biden said. “And there was a strong rejection of election deniers at every level, from those seeking to lead our states and those seeking to serve in Congress and also those seeking to oversee the elections.”

Biden did not mention any candidate or the former president by name.

“And there was a strong rejection of political violence and voter intimidation,” the president added. “There was an emphatic statement that in America, the will of the people prevails.”

“I have — I’ve traveled this week, and it’s been clear just how closely the world and our allies and our competitors as well have been following our elections at home,” he noted. “And what these elections showed is that there is a deep and unwavering commitment in America to preserving and protecting and defending democracy.”

Democrats largely claimed that democracy was on the ballot during the midterms, implying that a vote for a Republican is a vote against “democracy.” This has become a common talking point since the events of January 6.

A few minutes later, Biden delved further into the topic when prompted by a question from an Associated Press reporter on his meeting with Xi Jinping.

“And do I think he’s willing to compromise on various issues? Yes. I think he understands that — look, I think — how can I say this tactfully? I think the — I think the election held in the United States was — still leaves a little bit uncertain — has sent a very strong message around the world that the United States is ready to play,” he responded, somewhat confusingly.

“The United States is — the Republicans who survived, and along with the Democrats, are of the view that we’re going to stay fully engaged in the world and that we, in fact, know what we’re about. And so I don’t get any sense that there’s more or less confrontation,” he concluded.

Sierra Marlee


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