Biden and Harris call on Americans to save democracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Biden used the one-year anniversary of the Jan.6 assault on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to urge Americans to protect the country’s fragile democracy by defending the right to vote.

Mr Biden, in remarks from the National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, lambasted President Trump for spreading falsehoods that fueled the deadly attack on Republican supporters two weeks before Mr Biden’s inauguration in 2021.

Speaking 10 months ahead of the November midterm elections that could hand Republicans control of one or both houses of Congress, Mr Biden, a Democrat, warned that the danger displayed a year ago does not had not disappeared.

The lies that drove the anger and the madness that we have seen in this place, they have not faded. So we must be firm, determined and inflexible in our defense of the right to vote and that this vote be counted? Biden said from the United States Capitol, where a crowd of Trump supporters tried to overturn the 2020 election results a year ago.

So now let’s step up, write the next chapter in American history, where January 6 marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a rebirth, freedom and fair play, ?? Mr Biden said.

In remarks made before Mr. Biden spoke, Vice President Harris also highlighted efforts by supporters of Mr. Trump to overthrow democracy, calling on Congress to pass voting rights and voting laws. Americans to participate.

We cannot let our future be decided by those who are determined to silence our voices, overthrow our votes and peddle lies and disinformation by a radical faction which may be newly reborn but with ancient roots. , ?? Mrs. Harris said. The fragility of democracy is this: if we are not vigilant, if we do not defend it, democracy simply will not hold; it will weaken and fail. ??

Democrats say federal election reform is needed to counter a wave of voting restrictions enacted last year by Republican-led states. The laws were inspired by Mr Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, which he lost to Mr Biden by a substantial margin.

Americans vote in smaller numbers than in many other developed countries, according to historical data, with an eligible presidential voter turnout hovering around 60% for much of the last century. The numbers soared to almost 67% in the 2020 election.

Democrats hope greater voter turnout will favor them, especially as demographic shifts are shrinking the white majority in the country by about 330 million people.

Democrats’ efforts to pass voting rights legislation in Congress appeared threatened this week, as Sen. Manchin, a centrist Democrat, said he had little interest in a strategy that would allow the party to bypass the republican opposition.

Mr Biden and his advisers had refrained from speaking directly about Mr Trump during the Democrat’s first year in office, but Thursday marked a turnaround. Mr. Biden attacked the ?? vanquished ?? former president ?? s ?? bruised ego ?? and his disciples ?? refusal to accept reality.

You cannot love your country only when you win; you cannot obey the law only when it suits you; you cannot be a patriot when you embrace and allow lies. Those who stormed this Capitol, those who incited and incited and those who called on them to do so, held a dagger at the throats of America and American democracy, ?? he said.

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Image: President Biden in the South Court auditorium of the White House, Washington, December 27, 2021. Reuters / Evelyn Hockstein

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