US News United States: Joe Biden's vibrant advocacy for the right to vote

05:10  14 july  2021
05:10  14 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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In a speech in Philadelphia, the US president denounced the assaults of the Republican camp against the right to vote. Seventeen states have changed their electoral laws this year and restricts access to the polls. According to the President, it is the foundation of democracy that is targeted.

It is in Philadelphia, the city where the declaration of independence and the American constitution have emerged, that the Democratic President has delivered a particularly energetic speech, in the absence of power today to counter initiatives aimed at establishing legislation. Restrictive electoral, as in Texas, in Georgia and elsewhere. "America lives today (...) An attempt to undermine and remove the right to vote," he said, denouncing an "attack on democracy, an attack against freedom".

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The laws or bills covered by Joe Biden, under the pretext of fighting fraud, have the effect of complicating access to the urns of minorities, and in particular African Americans, which historically vote more democrat.

"The right to vote is a pillar of American democracy," says the president, "and he is attacked". And to counter Donald Trump, who continues to denounce massive fraud during the election he lost, Joe Biden launches, "The great lie is only that: a great lie. In America, if you lose you accept the result, you are the constitution, you still try, you do not qualify the facts of lies and then tries to destroy the American experience just because you are dissatisfied.

The President compares these laws to segregationist laws. It implores the elected representatives of the Congress to adopt the law that guarantees the right to vote. But without the support of Republicans, this will be impossible. The Chairman has only one option: galvanize his troops and call them for constant vigilance to defend access to the polls.

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