Biden pushes ‘voting rights’ legislation in MLK speech — Analysis
President demands Americans pick a ‘side’ on holiday honoring civil rights hero who preached unity
US President Joe Biden marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a speech linking the civil rights leader’s efforts to unite Americans to his own party’s voting rights legislation, all but dismissing those against it as racists.
Biden calls Americans “Americans to” “commit to [King’s] unfinished work”On Monday, describe that work as “to deliver jobsAnd justice” and “to protect the sacred right to vote, the right from which all other rights flow.”
In the pre-recorded speech, he attempted to connect King’s accomplishments to the voting rights legislation package Democrats have struggled to pass in the face of opposition from both Republicans and two of their own senators.
Those unprepared to support the party’s legislation package were accused of not supporting “an America in which everyone is guaranteed the full protections and the full promise of this nation,”Biden stated, “I want to know.” “Where do we stand? Which side do we stand on? We will stand up against voter suppression. Will we stand against election subversion, yes or no?”
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we must commit to his unfinished work – of delivering jobs and justice, and protecting the sacred right to vote. pic.twitter.com/kS1sRnGAwS
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 17, 2022
The proposed proposals expand mail-in voting and place federal oversight over states in need of it. “history of racial discrimination”To address laws passed by Republican-led states that allegedly made it harder for non-white Americans and poor people to vote, the Trump administration will tighten campaign finance regulations.
However, it’s not clear how or by whom the racial discrimination cid in the bill would be evaluated or punished, and opponents have denounced the legislation as a blatant giveaway to the Democratic Party. A Senate vote on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday, though the two Democratic holdouts – Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – remain opposed to its passage as of Monday.
“The attack on our democracy is real, from the January 6 insurrection to the onslaught of Republicans’ anti-voting laws in a number of states,”Biden stated in the MLK Speech.
King never identified himself with either the Republican or the Democratic parties during his life. He accused both of betraying his people. King began speaking more about the necessity to unify the working and poor classes, which some claim led to his assassination, 1968.
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Biden suggested last week that Biden was arrested at a protest for civil rights in 1960s. This further embellished a fiction history of participation in the movement. Even the typically pro-Biden Washington Post rated the president’s claim “four Pinocchios,” its harshest fact-check rating.
Biden was previously forced to walk back another false claim regarding his supposed anti-apartheid activism in South Africa, where he had insisted he was arrested while trying to meet with the imprisoned activist leader Nelson Mandela.
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