N jaar gelede, the Democrat had joined the three other living former Presidents
— Barack Obama, George W.. Bush and Bill Clinton
— in deriding the violent rioters who stormed the Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of the
2020 presidential election for President Joe Biden
. Op Woensdag, Carter wrote that
“promoters of the lie that the election was stolen have taken over one political party and stoked distrust in our electoral systems.
But politicians, hy het gesê, “have leveraged the distrust they have created to enact laws that empower partisan legislatures to intervene in election processes” en “seek to win by any means, and many Americans are being persuaded to think and act likewise, threatening to collapse the foundations of our security and democracy with breathtaking speed.”
“I now fear that what we have fought so hard to achieve globally — the right to free, billike verkiesings, unhindered by strongman politicians who seek nothing more than to grow their own power — has become dangerously fragile at home,” said Carter, who in his post-presidency started the Carter Center, a nonprofit that monitors free elections around the globe.
The former President offered five points to secure elections in the United States: American citizens must agree on constitutional norms and respect each other despite political differences; the country should push for election reforms to ensure access to and confidence in elections; the country should resist polarization; the country should reject violence in politics; and lastly, disinformation must be addressed.
“For American democracy to endure, we must demand that our leaders and candidates uphold the ideals of freedom and adhere to high standards of conduct,” hy het gesê.