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White House clarifies President Biden was not ‘casting doubt’ on legitimacy of 2022 election

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted to clarify President Biden’s answer to a question from Wednesday’s press conference about whether he believes the 2022 midterm elections will be legitimate.

According to Fox News, Biden answered the question with, “Well, it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.” This led to some concerns that he was doubting the election and feared Democrats would lose control of Congress.

Psaki tweeted saying, “Let’s be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have these votes counted. He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it.”

However, Biden never referred to former President Trump in his response. The president did discuss that Republicans are making it more difficult for minorities to vote by supporting election security measures like requiring voter identification. This has been a consistent talking point for Democrats.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

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