Washington, DC – US President Joe Biden, pressured by civil rights activists and members of his Democratic Party, will advocate for the right to vote amid Republican attempts to push through laws that would restrict suffrage.
Biden has assured that defending the right to go to the polls is one of his government’s priorities, but has been criticized by activists for not doing more for that cause, amid a tiny majority in the Senate that limits its range of action.
In that sense, the president will deliver a speech on Tuesday in Philadelphia, at the National Constitution Center. The initiative is considered the beginning of a campaign to defend the right to vote at a time when the possibility of resisting the Republican offensive by legislative means faces imposing obstacles.RELATED
Biden “will make the moral argument that denying people the right to vote is a form of repression and censorship,” explained White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“He will ratify his commitment to use every tool at his disposal to continue the fight to protect the fundamental right of all citizens to vote, in the face of the flood of laws that seek to suppress the vote,” added the spokeswoman.
Republicans in several states have already passed laws restricting voting rights and are debating them in others, inspired by former President Donald Trump’s false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election.
Psaki emphasized that Biden is determined to “overcome the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War.” However, relatives of the president warn that Tuesday’s speech will not include specific proposals.
Democrats in Congress have responded with a broad federal law that would uphold the right to vote, but this was unanimously obstructed by Republicans. A majority of Republicans, at the same time, oppose another law that would restore clauses of the Voting Rights Act that were watered down by the Supreme Court.