President Biden will deliver remarks on “preserving and protecting our democracy” at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington, D.C., 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, where he 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 the president’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. 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,” Dillon told Axios’ Mike Allen at the Axios News Shapers event in the nation’s capital.
“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. 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,” she added.
Dunn said that Union Station was chosen as the venue for the president’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. So it is you know, it’s an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,” Dunn said. She added that most Americans find political violence “abhorrent” and cited the brutal attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi as a recent example.
“[Political violence is] something that unites almost all Americans and that we can all be united against. 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,” said Dunn.
David DePape, an illegal immigrant from Canada, faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco on Oct. 28 and beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer, resulting in injuries that forced the House speaker’s husband to undergo surgery to repair a skull fracture in addition to other injuries.
California authorities have attributed political motivations to the attack. Court documents filed Tuesday state that DePape, 42, plotted to target other federal and California elected officials.
Biden called the attack “despicable” and condemned political violence in a speech delivered Friday from Philadelphia.
“This is despicable. There’s no place in America. There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hatred, too much vitriol,” Biden said. “And what makes us think that one party can talk about stolen elections? COVID being a hoax? It’s all a bunch of lies.”
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.