Joe Biden Is Protecting American Democracy. Donald Trump Would Destroy It.

Joe Biden has made protecting American democracy a central cause of his presidency. He is standing up to Donald Trump and the extremists that threaten our democracy to ensure that our elections are free and fair. 

Donald Trump is a threat to our democracy. After trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election by encouraging an angry mob to march on the Capitol, he is running to regain power, punish his enemies, and silence his opponents. He is claiming there will be a “bloodbath” if he loses and promising to be a dictator on “day one”even calling for the “termination” of the Constitution. And after being criminally convicted by a jury of his peers, he is attacking the American judicial system.

Trump is running for President as a convicted felon who will do anything to help himself—no matter who he hurts in the process. That’s why he encouraged a violent mob to storm the Capitol and used every tool at his disposal to try and overturn the results of a free and fair election he knows he lost. After he lost in November 2020, Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to “find 11,780 votes”—President Biden’s margin of victory in the state. 

Sixty courts, Republican and Democratic-appointed judges alike, rejected Donald Trump and his allies’ bogus legal claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.” Nevertheless, Trump encouraged a violent mob to march on the Capitol, where they brutally attacked law enforcement—injuring 140. Now he is promising full pardons for the January 6 insurrectionists who he calls “patriots” and “hostages,” and is warning of a “bloodbath” if he loses. 

If Donald Trump becomes president again, he is promising to rule as a dictator on “day one.” He is running a campaign of “revenge” and “retribution” against his political enemies, saying he will use the presidency to prosecute those who oppose him. Trump would also attack the right to vote. He has cheered his MAGA allies’ efforts to pass state bills that make it harder to vote, like banning ballot drop boxes and making it illegal to offer water to voters waiting in line. And after being criminally convicted by an independent jury of his peers, he is attacking the American judicial system and attempting to undermine the rule of law. Trump even called for the “termination” of the Constitution. 

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have made protecting American democracy the central cause of their administration and this campaign. They stood up for democracy and the rule of law after Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election and will always defend our nation’s founding documents. They believe that America is still the beacon of democracy for the world and have cracked down on political violence here at home after years of Donald Trump pitting Americans against each other. And they are standing up to voter suppression, fighting for free and fair elections, and protecting individual freedoms.

"Donald Trump is a danger to our democracy"
What did Donald Trump do to try and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election?

Donald Trump tried to overturn the results of an election he knows he lost just because he wanted to hold on to power. Just a few examples of his efforts to subvert the will of the American people are that he:

  • Pressured Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to “find 11,780 votes”—President Biden’s margin of victory in the state. 
  • Encouraged thousands of rioters to march on the  Capitol—after 60 courts, Republican and Democratic-appointed judges alike, rejected his and his allies’ bogus legal claims that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.”
  • Referred to Jan. 6 as a “beautiful day”and promised “full pardons” for the January 6 insurrectionists if he is elected to a second term. Those violent insurrectionists attacked our Capitol and brutalized brave law enforcement officers, injuring 140. Trump calls the attackers “patriots” and “hostages.”

Now, he’s become even more unhinged and dangerous in his pursuit of power, calling for the “termination” of the Constitution and warning of a “bloodbath” if he loses in 2024. 

What does Donald Trump mean when he says he will be a “dictator on day one?”

Donald Trump is telling us exactly what he plans to do if he wins in November:

  • He says he will be a dictator on “day one” if he wins.
  • He’s running a campaign of “revenge” and “retribution” against his political enemies, saying he will use the presidency to prosecute those who oppose him
  • He’s plotting to fire civil servants who disagree with him and fill their positions with loyalists—in fact, Trump’s own former appointees warn that, if elected, he will weaponize the Justice Department and FBI to prosecute his political opponents and personal enemies. 
  • It’s no surprise from someone who praises dictators, calling Putin “genius,” saying he “fell in love” with Kim Jong Un, and encouraging Russia to attack our democratic NATO allies
  • And he labels the press the “enemy of the people” and says the media will “pay a big price” if he is elected again.
How would Donald Trump take away voting rights if he is reelected?

Donald Trump is attacking the bedrock of our democracy: the right to vote.

  • He plans to recruit 100,000 MAGA “election monitors” to patrol the polls and intimidate poll workers.
  • Trump’s MAGA allies have already started a campaign to try to get voters kicked off the voter rolls.
  • He plans to eliminate mail-in ballots and early voting. If elected to a second term, Donald Trump wants to make it harder for Americans to vote, including by limiting voting to one day.
What has Joe Biden done to keep our elections free, fair, and secure?

President Biden and Vice President Harris are standing up to voter suppression and fighting for free, fair, and secure elections. Together, they have:

  • More than doubled the Justice Department’s voting rights enforcement staff. The Justice Department is suing states like Texas and Georgia, which have passed restrictive voting laws, to make sure every eligible citizen can vote.
  • Fought for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to stop racial voter suppression, and the Freedom to Vote Act, which would modernize our elections,expand vote-by-mail and early voting, put an end to partisan gerrymandering, and reduce the corrupting influence of money in politics.
  • Expanded nonpartisan voter registration opportunities for veterans, students, new citizens, and other voters.
  • Improved access to voter registration and nonpartisan voting information through vote.gov, which is now available in 17 languages with more to come.
  • Proposed the largest-ever investment in America’s election infrastructure, $5 billion over 10 years, to provide local election officials funding to update old voting systems, make security improvements, and better serve voters.