Democrat President Joe Biden is to hold an unscheduled speech at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) event near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to hype Jan. 6 among voters ahead of the looming midterms.
Biden will deliver remarks on “preserving and protecting our democracy,” White House officials and the DNC said Wednesday.
The president is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. ET at the Columbus Club in Union Station.
During his speech, Biden will address “the threat of election deniers and those who seek to undermine faith in voting and democracy,” according to a DNC advisory.
White House senior adviser Anita Dunn and deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon announced Biden’s impending remarks at an Axios event Wednesday morning.
“Well, obviously, President Biden has been speaking about democracy for the entire time he’s been in office,” Dillon told Axios’ Mike Allen at the Axios News Shapers event in the nation’s capital.
“And before then know, I think you can expect to hear from him this evening similar to what he’s been saying over the course of the last several months, that there is a lot at stake, including democracy, and that everyone has a role on that.
“I think the other thing that will be really important and something you heard from President Biden in 2020 was that people are going to be able to vote.
“Over 25 million already have.
“They are voting all across the country,” she added.
“You know, in some places where we will have a lot of attention, focus, the votes will be counted and will take a few days to be counted because that’s how democracy works to make sure every vote is counted.
“So and highlight that as well for.”
Dunn said that Union Station was chosen as the venue for Biden’s address because of its proximity to Capitol Hill, where the Jan. 6 riots took place nearly two years ago.
“On January 6, we saw violence geared toward subverting democratic processes there,” Dunn said.
“So it is you know, it’s an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight.”
She added that most Americans find political violence “abhorrent” and cited the recent alleged attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi as an example.
“[Political violence is] something that unites almost all Americans and that we can all be united against,” said Dunn.
“And obviously, we’ve seen horrible things happen quite recently, certainly the speaker’s husband.
“But it’s from Capitol Hill because that is where there was an attempt to subvert our democracy.”