US President Joe Biden launched his strongest attack on his predecessor Donald Trump on Tuesday false claims the 2020 election has been stolen, as Republican movements to limit access to voting are gaining momentum in the United States.
“In America, if you lose, accept the results, and follow the Constitution. Try again. Don’t call facts ‘false’ and then try to bring down the American experiment just because you’re unhappy,” Biden said Tuesday, without calling directly the former president.
“This is not US. It is selfish. It is not democracy. It is the denial of the right to vote. It suppresses and subdues.”
Invoking the 1960s American civil rights movement and the historic battle for the liberation of blacks that began after slavery, Biden gave a fiery speech in Philadelphia condemning the push by Republicans in several states. United included Texas, Georgia, Iowa and Pennsylvania to enact new restrictions on voting after Trump’s defeat.
Attempts to implement voting restrictions at the state level are widely seen as discriminatory.
“There is an assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote, and fair and free elections,” Biden said. “We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. It is not hyperbole.
“The denial of free and fair elections is the most anti-American thing any of us can imagine,” he said.
At the national level, Democrats are blocked from passing a bill on voting rights in the U.S. Senate, which is uniformly divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans and has rules that require 60 votes to pass new ones. read.
But Biden, who spoke Tuesday at the Constitution Hall site in Philadelphia where the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, asked Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would protect voting rights.
The bill, drafted by the Black Caucus of Congress, is headed toward passage in the U.S. House of Representatives this year, but faces an upward battle with Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
Kimberly Halkett of Al Jazeera, who reports from Philadelphia, said Biden said protecting voting rights will be “a priority for her presidency.”
“That’s why he says he instructs his vice president, Kamala Harris, to oversee and protect access to the polls, to ensure that this is something that is rooted as part of American democracy for generations to come, ”Halkett said.
Meanwhile, Texas Democrats paralyzed the state legislature Tuesday as Republicans sought to pass new legislation that would tighten voting rules in the state, part of a national wave of Republican projects to limit voting at the state level.
“Texas Republicans have failed Texas. Texas Republicans do not want free and fair elections, “Texas State House spokesman Toni Rose told a news conference at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. Democratic House Caucus of Texas.
“House Bill 3 puts deliberate obstacles in the way of voting, to make it more difficult for Texans to vote fair, safe, and equal. House Bill 3 is an attack on voter freedoms and democracy,” Rose said.
The Republican bill in Texas will allow “partisans to vote to harass and intimidate voters,” Rose said.
More than 50 Democratic lawmakers in Texas flew in two leased planes from Texas to Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, DC on the night of July 12th.
The rare move prevents Texas Republicans to obtain the necessary quorum of 100 lawmakers from the State House present at the State Capital in Austin, Texas, to hold votes on the legislation.
Texas Republicans plan to advance the bill – which they say is intended to improve the integrity of elections, not to limit the right of people to vote – through the state Senate just Tuesday. The bill includes new identification requirements for postal voting and a ban on 24-hour polling places and drive-through voting.
Elsewhere, Republicans in 17 states have enacted new rules that include voting hours and polling places – and tightening identity requirements, among other changes to local procedures – following the defeat of the former. President Trump in the 2020 turnout record elections.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that Texas Democratic lawmakers have had his arrest and promised to continue to call special sessions of the Texas legislature in order to pass the bill.
“If they don’t return to work, they risk losing their jobs as state representatives by not showing up,” Abbott said in an interview with KVUE, an Austin television news outlet.
“If these people want to be attacked wherever they are attached to this junket paid for by taxpayers, they have to be prepared to fail for more than a year,” Abbott said. “As soon as they return to the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be locked up in the Texas Capitol until they do their job.”
Texas Democrats say the legislative process in Austin has been “poisoned” by Republican partisan movements that begin in May to branch out into legislation without democratic input or proper public transparency.
“We’re not going to dwell on the big lie in Texas, the big lie that led to anti-democratic legislation across the United States,” said Texas Representative Rafael Anchia, a leader of the Democratic House Caucus of Texas.
“We’re happy to vote on bipartisan proposals that extend voting rights, make voting easier and harder to deceive in the state of Texas, but that’s not what we saw at the beginning of this process, ”Anchia said.
The United States Supreme Court governed of July that two voting rules supported by Republicans in Arizona that opponents had supported disproportionately charged black, Latino, and Native American voters could stand. This precedent could make it difficult for courts to challenge other voting restrictions.