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Biden Stands Up for Voter Suppression
President Biden gives speech on voting rights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 13, 2021 (YouTube screenshot)

Earlier this week President Joe Biden went to Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, and urged voter suppression. And, of course, he played the race card. Of course he did — that’s what his Party of Race always does.

Among other things, Biden said this:

From denying enslaved people fu- — full citizenship until the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments after the Civil War; to denying women the right to vote until the 19th Amendment 100 years ago; to poll taxes and literacy tests, and the Ku Klux Klan campaigns of violence and terror that lasted into the ’50s and ’60s; to the Supreme Court decision in 2013 and then again just two weeks ago –- a decision that weakened the landmark Voting Rights Act; to the willful attacks — election attacks in 2020; and then to a whole other level of threat — the violence and the deadly insurrection on the Capitol on January 6th.

What did he leave out there?

It was his party — the Democratic Party — that supported slavery and was created as a political party in the first place by slave masters.

It was his party — the Democratic Party — whose members of Congress voted against the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, voted against the 14th Amendment that gave blacks due process rights, and voted against the 15th Amendment that gave blacks the right to vote.

It was a leader of his party — the “progressive” Democrat Woodrow Wilson — who opposed giving women the right to vote until finally, under immense pressure from suffragettes, grudgingly caving on the issue late in his second term.

It was Joe Biden’s Democratic Party that imposed poll taxes and literacy tests — Jim Crow laws — on black voters.

It was Joe Biden’s Democratic Party that used the Ku Klux Klan as its military arm to terrify, to lynch, black Americans.

It was Joe Biden who gave the eulogy for Sen. Robert Byrd, his friend who had been a leader in the Ku Klux Klan.

And Jan. 6? Where was Joe Biden when one American city after another — all run by Democrats — were being burned and looted in the summer of 2020? He was silent as a church mouse.

And voting rights? Really? Who is kidding whom? Over at the Daily Signal there is this article about election law and voting rights in Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware — the state he represented in the U.S. Senate for a full 36 — say again, 36! — years:

Biden has called Georgia’s voting law “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”

Unlike Georgia, however, Biden’s home state of Delaware has never allowed early in-person voting. The state will begin to do so in 2022, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“I was just actually looking at a comparison of the two states that somebody did [that] one of our legislators … sent out,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, told The Daily Signal last week. “It’s really interesting, especially when you look at the opportunities to vote early in our state versus Delaware. I mean, it’s a world of difference. The president should be worried about his own state, not the great state of Georgia.”

Moreover, even when Delaware does allow it, Georgia will still provide seven more days of early in-person voting than the state the president represented in the Senate from 1973 to 2009. 

“Delaware offers early voting beginning in 2022 for 10 days before the election, a little more than half the number of days for early voting in Georgia,” said Snead, of the Honest Elections Project. “This undercuts the narrative that Georgia is trying to restrict voting.”

Similar to Georgia, Delaware under its new law will allow Saturday and Sunday voting. 

The Washington Post’s fact-check columnist who gave Biden “four Pinocchios,” the newspaper’s highest rating for a falsehood, noted: 

“We were curious what the early-voting rules were in Delaware, Biden’s home state. It turns out Delaware did not allow any in-person early voting in 2020. A law signed in 2019 will permit early voting starting in 2022. (Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.)”

Delaware, the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, is among the last in the country to allow early voting, as 43 states allow it in some form, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The average for early voting is 19 days.

In other words, by Biden’s sudden new standards his own state of Delaware has been suppressing the vote for years — and he did nothing about it. For 36 years.

So what do we have here?

What we have is the president of the United States going to Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center and flat-out lying as he plays the race card — yet again. He said, “The 21st century Jim Crow assault is real. It’s unrelenting, and we’re going to challenge it vigorously.”

Anyone who watched the vote counting in Philadelphia on TV saw legal election observers being kept a minimum of six feet from vote counters as they did the counting. Kept behind bicycle racks. Which is to say, they were forcibly kept from doing their jobs as observers.

Yet there is Joe Biden saying this:

It’s no longer just about who gets to vote or making it easier for eligible voters to vote. It’s about who gets to count the vote — who gets to count whether or not your vote counted at all.…

To me, this is simple: This is election subversion. It’s the most dangerous threat to voting and the integrity of free and fair elections in our history. Never before have they decided who gets to count — count — what votes count.

In fact, the election subversion in Philadelphia was run by Joe Biden’s Democratic Party — to benefit Joe Biden.

Make no mistake. What Joe Biden is about is exactly voter suppression. His party did it in Philadelphia in 2020, and in fighting election reform they are determined to do it again.



Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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