Former President Jimmy Carter issues a dire warning ahead of Capitol-riot anniversary: The US 'teeters on the brink of a widening abyss'

Former President Jimmy Carter issues a dire warning ahead of Capitol-riot anniversary: The US 'teeters on the brink of a widening abyss'
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    Jimmy Carter
    39th U.S. President
In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter, the oldest former U.S. chief executive ever, will quietly mark his 97th birthday at home in southwest Georgia on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, an aide said.
Former President Jimmy Carter.John Amis/AP Photo
  • Former President Jimmy Carter wrote an op-ed for The New York Times saying democracy is in danger.

  • It was published on the eve of the first anniversary of the Capitol riot.

  • "Americans must set aside differences and work together before it is too late," Carter wrote.

In an op-ed published in The New York Times on the eve of the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, former President Jimmy Carter issued a warning that the spread of misinformation and the deepening political divide jeopardize US democracy.

The 39th president, who is now 97 years old, said he'd hoped the riot — in which a pro-Trump mob attempted to overturn 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 should make of political leaders to "uphold the ideals of freedom and adhere to high standards of conduct":

    1. Put aside political differences to uphold the constitution and fairness.

    2. Establish better election security and reform.

    3. Create ways to respectfully engage across the political divide.

    4. Eliminate violence from politics by creating or amending existing laws.

    5. Reform social media and encourage the spread of accurate information.

The January 6, 2021, riot ended with five people dead and hundreds more injured — including about 140 officers.

More than 738 people have been charged so far in relation to the riot. The US House of Representatives has also convened a bipartisan committee that is investigating the Capitol insurrection — including subpoenaing lawmakers, media personalities, and former President Donald Trump's confidants.

Carter said in closing, "Our great nation now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss."

"Without immediate action, we are at genuine risk of civil conflict and losing our precious democracy," he added. "Americans must set aside differences and work together before it is too late."

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