Republicans, according to President Joe Biden, are “trying to figure out how to keep the black vote, when it occurs, from even counting.” During a speech commemorating Black History Month, Biden made the assertion. President Joe Biden told a crowd of hundreds of black Americans that the economic policies by Republicans would “throw y’all back in shackles.”
During a Black History Month event at the White House, President Biden believes Republicans are trying to figure out how to prohibit black Americans’ ballots “from even counting.” He argues, “It’s always made it more difficult for blacks to vote, but this is an attempt to prohibit the black vote, when it occurs, from ever counting. He has never seen the right to vote under such threat.”
Moreover, President Joe Biden has been chastised for likening opponents of voting rights legislation to racists and segregationists. “Would people rather be on Dr. King’s or George Wallace’s side?” Biden asked during a speech advocating for the suspension of filibuster rules to pass voting legislation. Last month, Senate Democrats failed to approve their “voting rights” legislation and a filibuster rule change.
The Press Secretary at the White House, Jen Psaki, claims that Joe Biden was not equating opponents of the voting law to racists and segregationists as “humans.” She said he was comparing their “choice” to historic personalities. Republicans’ assertions that Biden’s speech was inappropriate, according to Psaki, are “hilarious on many levels.”
The Electoral Count Act of 1887 establishes the procedure for verifying presidential election results. Some Republicans have advocated amending or repealing the ECA to eradicate Congress from election certification. Liberal Democrats have refused to negotiate with those Republicans, instead insisting on Congress passing their more expanded voting legislation.