Former United States President Jimmy Carter warned this Wednesday, on the eve of the first anniversary of the assault on the Capitol, that the country “is reeling” and has warned that there is “a real risk of civil conflict.”
“Americans must put aside differences and work together before it is too late … Our great nation is now teetering on the brink of a widening abyss,” Carter said in an op-ed for the newspaper. ‘The New York Times’ picked up by the CNN chain.
Likewise, the one who was a tenant of the White House between 1977 and 1981 has lamented that “the promoters of the lie that the elections were stolen” have “seized a political party”, which, he considers, has resulted in has “stoked mistrust” in the US electoral system.
“They have taken advantage of the mistrust they have created to enact laws empowering partisan legislatures to intervene in electoral processes … They seek to win by any means, and many Americans are being persuaded to think and act the same way. , threatening to collapse the foundations of our security and democracy, “he denounced.
This is why Carter has transferred his fear that those rights that have been fought “so hard worldwide”, alluding to the right to free, fair and participatory elections, have become “dangerously fragile in our nation” .
Thus, the former president has listed five necessary actions that the country’s political class must face “for US democracy to last.” “We must demand that our leaders and candidates uphold the ideals of freedom and adhere to high standards of conduct,” he said.
Carter has asked the citizens of the country to agree on constitutional norms and respect each other regardless of their political differences, has called for electoral reform to guarantee access and confidence to elections, has called for abandoning polarization and violence in politics, and, finally, he has stressed the importance of tackling the problem of misinformation.
A year ago, the former president was already critical of the violent acts that took place in the US Capitol, a gesture that former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also joined.
Carter was the 39th president of the United States and served in the White House until he was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, when he sought re-election.
In 2002 he was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. Furthermore, he is the longest-lived ex-president after he left the White House.