Biden and Harris allege 'unrelenting assault' on voting rights by GOP at MLK memorial

Biden and Harris allege 'unrelenting assault' on voting rights by GOP at MLK memorial
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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris used their remarks at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall to rip Republicans over their state-level voting laws and resistance to the Democrats' federal legislation on the issue.

Harris began by talking about King and emphasizing the need for union jobs, criminal justice, and immigration reform, following it up with talking points on voting rights.

"In 2013, the Voting Rights Act that Dr. King and so many others fought for was gutted by the Supreme Court," she said. "That opened the floodgates for the anti-voter laws we see being passed in states throughout our country today."

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Harris lamented that "we should not have to keep fighting so hard to secure our fundamental rights. But fight we must, and fight we will."

Democrats in Congress have introduced several election overhaul bills, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. The latter failed to advance in the Senate Wednesday by a 51-49 vote.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has dubbed the Freedom to Vote Act an "election takeover scheme" that attempts to "federalize voting laws."

Going to bat for the bill after its Senate setback, Harris slammed Republicans for voting "against even debating [the bill]."

"We are and must be unwavering in this fight," she said. "And we must use our voice to call out any effort to obstruct justice and to call for justice everywhere."

Biden also argued Republicans were hostile to voting.

"The right to vote and the rule of law are under unrelenting assault from Republican governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, state legislators. And they're following my predecessor, the last president, into a deep, deep black hole on the abyss," the president said.

Biden then singled out King's home state of Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock preaches at King's former home of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Warnock was elected in a nationally watched runoff election early in 2021.

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"What was [the Republican response to Warnock’s victory]?” Biden asked. “It’s not to try winning on their merits and ideas. It’s by changing the rules to make it harder for people to vote.”

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Tags: News, Voting, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Voting rights, White House, Martin Luther King, Raphael Warnock

Original Author: Haisten Willis

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