PRESIDENT Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump’s “big lie” election claims in a highly-anticipated speech about voting rights on Tuesday.
Biden called Trump’s claims the 2020 election was stolen from him a “big lie” itself.
“If you lost, you accept the results,” he said. “You follow the constitution. You don’t call facts fake just because you’re unhappy. That’s not statesmanship – that’s selfishness. That’s a denial of the right to vote.”
The speech comes after a report some White House allies and the DNC want wireless carriers to monitor phone and social media messages for alleged misinformation about the Covid vaccine push.
According to Politico, the White House is: planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS [Short Message Service] carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines”.
“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz told the outlet in response to the report.
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BIDEN TAKES SHOTS AT TRUMP DURING PENNSYLVANIA SPEECH
Biden took shots at Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his loss of the 2020 election during his speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
“”In America, if you lose, you accept the results,” he said in a clear reference to the former President.
“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. That’s selfishness.”
REPUBLICAN CRITICS MOUNT EFFORT TO ALTER PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION LAW
Republican lawmakers have mounted an effort to overhaul Pennsylvania’s election laws.
Last week, Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed their bill, calling it “voter suppression.”
It comes as a Republican state lawmaker and fervent Trump ally began trying to launch what he calls a “forensic investigation” of Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election, similar to what is happening in Arizona.
KAMALA HARRIS MEETS WITH TEXAS LAWMAKERS
Kamala Harris met with Texas lawmakers for the second time to discuss voting rights following Biden’s Philadelphia speech.
She tweeted a picture of the meeting, along with the caption: “Texas lawmakers are fighting for the rights of all Texans—and all Americans—to raise their voice through their vote.
“Today, we met for the second time to discuss the path forward.”
TRUMP CALLS BIDEN’S PHILADELPHIA VISIT A ‘JOKE’
Biden went to the Keystone State after Trump pressured Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania and other states he lost narrowly to conduct an audit of the election.
In a statement, Trump once again hammered home that Democrats “know it was not an honest election” adding that “Philadelphia was one of the most corrupt cities in the Country.”
“Joe should go forward with this, with all of these audits. His visit is a joke. He doesn’t need to visit, all he needs to do is let them do an audit and find out what happened,” he said.
Confronting the president directly, Trump concluded: “Let the Forensic Audit go, Joe. Don’t fight it. Show them how honest it was.”
FOX NEWS ONLY CABLE NETWORK TO NOT CARRY BIDEN’S SPEECH
Fox News was the single network to not air Biden’s speech on voting rights in Philadelphia today, the Independent reports.
Former congressman and presidential candidate Joe Walsh also commented that the network cut away as Biden said “The big lie is just that…a big lie.”
BIDEN CALLS GOP ‘MERCHANTS OF FEAR’
Biden referred to GOP legislators pushing for voting restrictions in harsh terms during his Philadelphia speech today.
“Make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies are threatening the very foundation of our country,”he said.
“It gives me no pleasure to say this. I never thought in my entire career I’d ever have to say it.”
GREG GUTFELD CALLS BIDEN ‘PATHOLOGICAL LIAR’
Greg Gutfeld, host of “The Five” on Fox News, branded President Biden a “pathological, shameless liar” after his speech in Philadelphia today.
“He ran on being a unifier, and all he does is bank on racial discontent, Gutfeld said of Biden’s comments about GOP attempts to restrict voting.
“He is comparing this bill to the KKK [and] Jim Crow. All he does is foment racial conflict.”
WHAT DID TRUMP SAY DURING HIS CPAC SPEECH
During his CPAC speech, former President Donald Trump accused Facebook of “election meddling,” slammed big tech, and repeated his unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
He also blasted Democrats and tech giants throughout his speech, which lasted well over an hour.
He said: “The radical left’s attack on free speech is unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American.”
MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE PETITIONS TO ‘IMPEACH BIDEN’
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene issued a petition to impeach Biden on social media on Monday as she accused his son Hunter of “shady dealings.”
She also accused Biden of “taking his cut” and suggested he is also “abusing his power” while president.
The controversial Georgia lawmaker issued the petition to her followers on Telegram alongside a picture of her and former deputy assistant to Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka.
BIDEN CALLS GOP VOTING BILLS AN ‘ASSAULT’ ON DEMOCRACY
Biden took a harsh stance towards newly introduced GOP voting restrictions on his speech in Philadelphia today.
“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,” the President said.
“For make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation of our country.”
BIDEN CALLS GOP VOTING BILLS ‘UN-AMERICAN’
President Biden lashed out at recent GOP efforts to restrict voting, calling the new bills “un-American” and “un-democratic.”
The President also hit back at Trump’s false voter fraud narrative, saying of the 2020 race: “No other election has ever been held under such scrutiny, such high standards.”
Biden also indicated his support for Congress to override the new voting restriction bills, calling it “a national imperative.”
AL SHARPTON SPOKE TO BIDEN AFTER SPEECH
The Reverend Al Sharpton praised Biden’s speech, but warned “we’re still waiting on the filibuster.”
He told Jonathan Lemire of AP News that Biden was “noncommittal.”
BIDEN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO ‘REPAIR DAMAGE’
A Supreme Court ruling this month weakened one enforcement clause of the Voting Rights Act.
Biden said a year ago that strengthening the act would be one of his first priorities upon taking office.
“The court’s decision, as harmful as it is, does not limit the Congress’s ability to repair the damage done,” Biden said on Tuesday.
“As soon as Congress passes the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, I will sign it and let the whole world see it,” he added, referring to two Democratic bills seeking to expand voting rights.
OVER DOZEN STATES HAVE ENACTED LAWS RESTRICTING BALLOT ACCESS
Nearly 30 laws have been passed in more than a dozen states since the 2020 election that have restricted access to the ballot box for millions of Americans.
In total, 28 laws have been passed in 17 states in the nine months since the November vote.
Biden referenced the tally during a voting rights speech in Philadelphia, saying that “the 21st century Jim Crow assault is real.”
Over half of these new state laws make it harder to vote absentee and by mail, after a record number of Americans voted by mail in November.
‘FREEDOM IS NOT A STATE; IT’S AN ACT’
At the close of his remarks on Tuesday, Biden quoted the late civil rights activist and Democratic Rep. John Lewis.
“Remember what our friend John Lewis said: ‘Freedom is not a state, it’s an act,'” Biden said.
“And we must act and we will act. For our cause is just, our vision is clear, and our hearts are full. For we the people, for America itself, we must act.”
‘IT COMES DOWN TO DEMOCRACY OR AUTOCRACY’ (PART 3)
Biden then urged Americans of every race, political, and social background to come together to address the significance and urgency of this moment in time.
“In 2020, democracy was put to a test,” Biden said.
“First by the pandemic. Then by a desperate attempt to deny the reality of the results of the election, and then by violent and deadly insurrection on the capitol, the citadel of our democracy.”
‘IT COMES DOWN TO DEMOCRACY OR AUTOCRACY’ (PART 2)
Biden continued by calling for officials to shore up the election system.
“We got to shore up our election system and address the threats to election subversion not just from abroad, which I spent time with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin talking about, but from home.
“From home. We must ask those who represent us at the federal, state, local level, ‘Will you ignore the will of the people? Will you ignore their voices? Are you on the side of truth or lies, fact or fiction, justice or injustice? Democracy or autocracy?’ That’s what it comes down to,” Biden said.
‘IT COMES DOWN TO DEMOCRACY OR AUTOCRACY’
Biden slammed GOP-controlled legislatures who have moved ahead with laws restricting ballot access, calling it “election subversion.”
“To me, this is simple. It’s election subversion. It’s the most dangerous threat to voting in the integrity of free and fair elections in our history,” he said.
“They want the ability to reject the final count and ignore the will of the people if their preferred candidate loses,” he continued, adding that it’s “unconscionable.”
‘WE MUST DO IT AGAIN’
Biden called the 2020 vote the “battle for the soul of America”, adding that America’s soul “prevailed.”
“Our constitution held, but we have to do it again,” he said.
“My fellow Americans, it takes fair-mindedness, devotion to justice and – as corny as it sounds – love for our country … we the people will never give up.
“We will never give in. We will overcome. We will do it together. Guaranteeing the right to vote and that every vote is counted has always been the most patriotic thing we can do.”
‘MOST SIGNIFICANT TEST SINCE CIVIL WAR’
Biden called attacks on voting rights “the most significant test” of American democracy since the Civil War.
“We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole — since the Civil War,” the president said.
“The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on Jan. 6. I’m not saying this to alarm you. I’m saying this because you should be alarmed.”
Biden added there is some “good news” amidst the doom, insisting: “It doesn’t have to be this way.
“We have the means — we just need the will. The will to save and strengthen our democracy.”
President Biden decried what he called an “unfolding assault to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections.”
“It’s an assault on democracy, it’s an assault on liberty and it’s an assault on who we are as Americans,” Biden said.
“Bullies and merchants of fear and lies are threatening the very foundation of our Democracy.
“I never thought I’d have to say it,” Biden continued, adding that he’d taken an oath to protest American democracy against threats both “foreign and domestic.”
BIDEN CALLS ON GOP TO ‘STAND UP FOR GOD’S SAKE’
Ahead of the 2020 midterms, Biden has called on lawmakers across the partisan divide to stand up and actively denounce unfounded claims of voter fraud.
“We’ll be asking Republicans in towns, cities, and states across the country to stand up for God’s sake and prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election and sacred right to vote.
“Have you no shame?” Biden question in a thundering tone. “We have to work together.”
‘2020 VOTE WAS MOST SCRUTINIZED IN HISTORY’
“The big lie is just that. A big lie,” Biden said.
“The 2020 election was the most scrutinized 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.
“More than 80 judges, including those appointed by my predecessor, heard the arguments. In every case neither cause nor evidence was found to undermine the national achievement of administering the historic election in the face of such extraordinary challenges.”
‘VOTING RIGHTS IS THE TEST OF OUR TIME’
In his speech, President Biden insisted that the right to vote should be a “simple and straightforward” concept.
“Some things in America should be simple and straightforward. Perhaps the most important of those things, the most fundamental of those things, is the right to vote,” Biden said.
“The right to vote freely… The right to vote fairly, the right to have your vote counted. The Democratic threshold is liberty. With it, anything is possible. Without it, nothing, nothing.
“This is a test of our time,” Biden added.
BIDEN SLAMS ‘BIG LIE’
President Biden hit out at his predecessor Donald Trump on Tuesday, insisting his claims the 2020 election was “The Big Lie” is nothing more than a “big lie” itself.
Biden said the fallout from the 2020 vote demonstrated “human nature at its worst.”
“If you lost, you accept the results,” he said. “You follow the constitution. You don’t call facts fake just because you’re unhappy.
“That’s not statesmanship – that’s selfishness. That’s a denial of the right to vote.”
Biden added that it was “unamerican”, “undemocratic” and “unpatriotic” to undermine the results of a fairly conducted election.