Recorded on 12/8/2020, as part of our “Democracy at a Crossroads” series of programs, Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D) – NJ, to discuss the state of our democracy, the lack of trust in the electoral process, President Trump’s tone and demeanor during the 2020 election, and her thoughts on, then, President-elect Joe Biden.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill says democracy is always at a crossroads because it is a government for and by the people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she adds, “I know people are frustrated…we haven’t gotten the second round of Cares Act Funding, but we did act so quickly in Congress and in the country in government to pass the first round of Cares Act funding. We did better than really any nation on Earth in addressing the economic concerns of the pandemic.”
To those who do not accept Joseph Biden as the President, she says, “This, to me, is why we have work to do on our democratic norms, on peoples understanding of the process and why we can have faith in our democratic elections, because we should never have people in this country doubting the democratic elections. You can choose a different President, it’s a democracy, we have that opportunity and that right.” She says after the election is over, every American should feel that it was a fair election.
Sherrill says “fear-mongering” scares people in certain districts when someone in leadership says another leader is an extremist. Thus, people become afraid of that person. She adds, “That kind of rhetoric undermines what we could get done in Congress.”