President Biden took to the stage in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia yesterday to deliver blistering remarks regarding the Republican Party's attempt to secure voting rights.
"We're facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War," Biden said. "That's not hyperbole — since the Civil War," Biden claimed.
He went on to criticize Republican-led efforts to improve security surrounding voting claiming that these laws were intended to suppress people's right to vote.
"In 2020 more people voted in America than ever, ever in the history of American in the middle of a once in a century pandemic," Biden said. "No other election has ever been held under such scrutiny, such high standards. The big lie is just that, a big lie."
He all but demanded Americans support the "For the People" bill, which forbids voter ID mandates and uses public money to pay for politician's campaigns. Despite claiming to do the opposite. "We must pass the For the People Act. It’s a national imperative."
He laid claim the Supreme Court was weakening voting rights, by their decision to uphold a law in Arizona that made ballot harvesting by political activists illegal. "Just weeks ago, the Supreme Court yet again weakened the Voting Rights Act and upheld what Justice Kagan called, quote, “a significant race-based disparity in voting opportunities.”
"The Court’s decision, as harmful as is, does not limit the — Congress’ ability to repair the damage done. That’s the important point. It puts the burden back on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act to its intended strength." Biden is referring to his actions whereby he appointed his attorney general Merrick Garland to use the United States Department of Justice is going to be using its authorities to challenge the onslaught of state laws undermining voting rights in old and new ways.
"The Department of Justice will do so with a voting rights division that — at my request — is doubling its size in enforcement staff."
To me, this is simple: This is election subversion. It’s the most dangerous threat to voting and the integrity of free and fair elections in our history. Never before have they decided who gets to count — count — what votes count. Biden making an impassioned plea for federal regulations to oversee states' autonomy in deciding voting rights.
Paris Dennard Republican National Committee's Director of Black Media Affairs and Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas held a conference call with members of the press to respond to Biden's speech.
"I think it's important for the American people, especially those in Pennsylvania, to remember that Joe Biden is lying," Dennard said. "And there is no other way to get around it. The things that they're doing, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the other Democrats are intentionally lying to the American people in speech after speech, interview after interview that they give, when they spread this false narrative about the Republican efforts to actually expand voting opportunities by doing so in a way that actually makes it easier to vote but harder to cheat."
Biden integrated hyperbole and hysteria in his address, and while many Americans listened intently to his vitriolic rhetoric, many were eager to point out, his comparison of the Civil War, where 600,000 Americans lost their life was no comparison to the protests that occurred on January 6th.