Former President Jimmy Carter has warned democracy is in danger, that there is a risk of ‘civil conflict’ and urged Americans to ‘set aside their differences’.
Writing in an op-ed in the New York Times as part of a series to mark the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, Mr Carter said that ‘our great nation now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss.’
He said he had hoped the breach of the Capitol would have ‘shocked the nation into addressing the toxic polarization that threatens our democracy’ but lamented that it had not.
‘Our great nation now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss. Without immediate action, we are at genuine risk of civil conflict and losing our precious democracy. Americans must set aside differences and work together before it is too late,’ he wrote.
Last year, the 97-year-old joined fellow former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in denouncing the Capitol insurrection as Congress was certifying the Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.
And on Wednesday, Mr Carter set out five steps ‘for American democracy to endure’ including that people ‘of all political stripes’ must agree on fundamental constitutional principles and the rule of law.
He also called for the US to pass electoral reforms; resist the polarization of politics; recognize that violence has no place in politics; and stop the spread of disinformation.
It comes as President Joe Biden prepares to mark the anniversary of the insurrection today with a speech blaming then-President Trump for the ‘chaos and carnage’.
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Source: Daily Mail