World leaders question President Biden about America’s democracy

“Is America going to be alright?”

“What about democracy in America?”

These are questions from worried world leaders directed to President Joe Biden especially in light of the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Even though Biden has tried to offer America’s allies assurances, he has only occasionally emphasized the gravity of the threat to democracy from the insurrection and the repeated lie from defeated Donald Trump that the election was stolen.

Biden is being urged to reorder priorities and use the powers of his office to push voting rights legislation that its adherents say could be the only effective way to counter the rapidly emerging threats to the democratic process.

The tension in Biden’s approach reflects his balancing of the urgent needs of Americans to prioritize on the highly visible issues of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy and pay less attention but equally vital issue of preserving trust in elections and government.

The president plans to deliver a speech on Jan. 6 focused on sustaining democracy. He was quite urgent in his speech delivered at South Carolina State University on the need for voting rights legislation.

“I’ve never seen anything like the unrelenting assault on the right to vote. Never,” Biden said, adding, “This new sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion, it’s un-American, it’s undemocratic, and sadly, it is unprecedented since Reconstruction.”

Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has said that since the insurrection, the world is paying close attention and that the Capitol incident has altered the view many nations have of America.

Republicans in numerous states are promoting efforts to influence future elections by installing sympathetic leaders in local election posts and backing for elective office some of those who participated in the insurrection.