- Former President Jimmy Carter wrote an op-ed to The New York Times in which he said that democracy is in danger.
- It was announced on the eve of the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
- “Americans need to put differences aside and work together before it’s too late,” Carter wrote.
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a warning that the spread of misinformation and the growing political divide are endangering American democracy, in a statement published in The New York Times on the eve of the anniversary of the Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021 .
The 39-year-old president, now 97, said he had hoped the riot – in which a pro-Trump mob tried to overthrow the 2020 election – would enlighten the nation and force it to act against “the toxic polarization,” that threatens our democracy. “
He listed five demands that Americans require political leaders to “uphold the ideals of freedom and adhere to high standards of conduct”:
- Put political disagreements aside to uphold the Constitution and justice
- Establish better security of choice and reform
- Create ways to reunite the political divide
- Remove violence from politics by creating or amending existing laws
- Reform social media and promote the dissemination of accurate information
The riots on January 6, 2021 ended with five people dead and several hundred injured – including about 140 officers.
More than 727 people have so far been charged in connection with the riot. The US House of Representatives has also convened a bipartisan committee that is currently investigating the Capitol uprising – including the summons of lawmakers, media personalities and former President Donald Trump’s confidants.
In conclusion, Carter said, “Our great nation is now tipping over on the brink of a growing abyss.”
“Without immediate action, we are at real risk of civil conflict and losing our precious democracy. The Americans must put differences aside and work together before it is too late,” he added.