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US president Joe Biden gave a speech on voting rights and democracy, in Philadelphia, the cradle of American democracy, on Tuesday.
According to reports, at least 17 states in the US have enacted laws that restrict voting access this year. Critics have said those restrictions are aimed at Black, Hispanic and younger voters, while Republicans have justified it as a way to tackle ‘voter fraud.’
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “The 2020 election was the most scrutinised election ever in American history. Challenge after challenge brought to local, state, and election officials, state legislatures, state and federal courts, even to the United States Supreme Court not once but twice.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “More than 80 judges, including those appointed by my predecessor, heard the arguments. In every case, neither cause nor evidence was found. Don’t undermine the national achievement of administrating the historic election in the face of such extraordinary challenges. Audits, recounts were conducted in Arizona and Wisconsin. In Georgia it was recounted three times.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “It’s clear, for those who challenge the results and question the integrity of the election, no other election has ever been held under such scrutiny and such high standards. The big lie is just that- a big lie.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “The 2020 election, it’s not hyperbole to suggest the most examined and the fullest expression on the will of the people in the history of this nation. That should be celebrated, it is the example of America at its best. But instead, we continue to see an example of human nature at its worst, something darker and more sinister.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “In America, if you lose you accept the results. You follow the Constitution, you try again. You don’t call facts fake and then try to bring down the American experiment just because you’re unhappy. That’s not statesmanship.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “That’s not statesmanship, that’s selfishness. That’s not democracy, it’s the denial of the right to vote. It suppresses, it subjugates. The denial of full of free and fair elections is the most un-American thing that any of us can imagine. The most undemocratic, most unpatriotic and sadly not unprecedented.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “Look how close it came, I mean for real, how close it came. We’re going to face another test in 2022, a new wave of unprecedented voter suppression and raw and sustained election subversion. We have to prepare now.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “As I’ve said time and again, no matter what you can never stop the American people from voting. They will decide, and the power must always be with the people. That’s why just like we did in 2020, we have to prepare for 2022. We’ll engage in an all out effort to educate voters about the changing laws, register them to vote and then get the vote out.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “Have you no shame? Whether it’s stopping foreign interference in our elections, or the spread of disinformation from within, we have to work together. Vice President Harris and I, we’re making it clear that there’s real peril in making raw power, rather than the idea of liberty, the centrepiece of the common life.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “There’s an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. An assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, an assault on who we are, who we are as Americans.”
SOT, Joe Biden, US President: “For make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies are threatening the very foundation of our country. It gives me no pleasure to say this. I never thought in my entire career I’d ever have to say this. But I swore an oath to you, to God to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. That’s an oath that forms a sacred trust to defend America against all threats, both foreign and domestic.”
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