Former US President Barack Obama.
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
  • Obama says democracy in the US remains fragile after the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021.
  • His warning echoes both Biden's and Jimmy Carter's words about the first anniversary.
  • Neither Obama nor Biden explicitly attacked Trump.
  • For more stories go to

Former US President Barack Obama warned that the very foundation of the US's democracy "remains at risk" on the first anniversary of the deadly Capitol insurrection.

"Although initially rejected by the many Republicans, the claims that fanned the flames of violence on January 6th have since been embraced by a sizeable portion of voters and elected officials — many of whom know better," Obama said in a statement on Thursday.

Like US President Joe Biden, Obama did not explicitly name former President Donald Trump in his lengthy statement marking the anniversary. Instead, he called on the Republican Party at large, arguing that the US cannot assume its traditional mantle of promoting democracy abroad if the basic block and tackling of elections is under threat at home.

"We can't set an example when our own leaders are willing to fabricate lies and cast doubt on the results of free and fair elections," Obama wrote.

Former President Jimmy Carter struck similar themes in his New York Times op-ed, saying that the American experiment is at stake.

Get the best of our site emailed to you every weekday.

Go to the Business Insider front page for more stories.