Biden Reassures Democrats They Will Keep the House & Senate — Even If It Takes ‘a Few Days’ to Count the Votes


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President Joe Biden in a speech near the Capitol urged Americans to be patient during the upcoming midterm elections, since the votes may take “a few days” to count.

“We want Americans to vote,” Biden said. “We want every American’s voice to be heard. Now we have to move the process forward. We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots law after the polls closed on November 8th. That means in some cases, we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days until after a few days after the election takes time to count all legitimate ballots in a legal and orderly manner.”

“It’s always been important for citizens in a democracy to be informed and engaged,” he continued. “Now it’s important for citizens to be patient as well.  That’s how this is supposed to work.”


“This is also the first national election since the events of January 6th, when the armed, angry mob stormed the U.S.  Capitol,” he continued. “I wish — I wish I could say the assault on our democracy had ended that day, but I cannot.”

“As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America — for governor, Congress, attorney general, secretary of state — who won’t commit — they will not commit to accepting the results of elections that they’re running in,” he added.

“That is a path to chaos in America,” he said. “It’s unprecedented, it’s unlawful, and it’s un-American.  As I’ve said before, you can’t love your country only when you win.”

However, Democrats have contested every presidential election result that the party lost since 2000. Furthermore, prominent Democrats have denied the results of the 2016 election and subsequent elections in the last four years.

Biden also argued that “democracy” was at stake in the 2022 midterm elections.

“We must with an overwhelming voice stand against political violence and voter intimidation, period. Stand up and speak against it,” Biden said. “We don’t settle our differences in America with a riot, a mob or a bullet or a hammer. We settle them peacefully at the ballot box. We have to be honest with ourselves, though. We have to face this problem. We can’t turn away from it. We can’t pretend it’s just going to solve itself.”

The president was referring to the Berkeley nudist drug addict hemp jewelry maker David DePape, who the Democrats have tied to far-right extremists and QAnon through a suspect blog that disappeared shortly after the attack. DePape himself has been accused by his own daughter of being a pedophile, and despite the FBI agent’s criminal complaint that DePape compared himself to the nation’s Founding Fathers during the incident, he is a Canadian illegal immigrant who has overstayed his visa.

“Five days – five days to go until the most important election in our lifetime,” Biden continued. “So much is changing. This is not a referendum, this is a choice – a choice between two vastly different visions for America.”


“They’re going after your right to vote and who’s going to count the vote,” Biden said of Republicans, adding that “democracy is on the ballot.”

Biden earlier reassured Democrats that they can still retain control of the House and Senate, despite widespread reports of a coming “red wave” fueled by unusually high GOP early voting and voter enthusiasm.

“President Joe Biden expressed confidence that there was still time for Democrats to stave off a loss of their House and Senate majorities with two weeks to go until the Nov. 8 midterms and the latest polling favoring Republicans,” Bloomberg reported.

“We’re running against the tide, and we’re beating the tide,” Biden said in late October during a visit to Democratic National Committee headquarters.

“I can’t think of a more consequential election that I’ve been involved in and we’ve been involved in,”Biden added. “When we get people out to vote we win, and you’re getting them out to vote.”

Republicans have double-digit advantages over Democrats on the issues most important to voters, including: Inflation, the economy, gas prices, and crime, according to a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll.

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