Ex-president Jimmy Carter: US ‘at genuine risk of civil conflict’

Ex-president Jimmy Carter: US 'at genuine risk of civil conflict'

Former US president Jimmy Carter has warned that America “teeters on the brink of a widening abyss,” amid heightened political division in the country.

“Our great nation now teeters on the brink of a widening abyss,” Carter wrote in a New York Times op-ed on the first anniversary of the January 6 fatal attack on the Capitol.

“Without immediate action, we are at genuine risk of civil conflict and losing our precious democracy,” he said, calling on Americans to “set aside differences and work together before it is too late”.

Former president Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, where lawmakers were in the process of confirming Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.

The bloody attack took place after Trump repeatedly claimed that his election loss to Biden was the result of widespread fraud.

The attack resulted in the deaths of at least five people, including a police officer.

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