Biden claims US voting system is ‘under assault’ by GOP lawmakers

Biden claims US voting system is ‘under assault’ by GOP lawmakers


By Jenny Goldsberry

President Biden spoke on the voting system during a virtual fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee Monday night. He claims it’s “under assault.”

“The single most important thing that we have to do is we have to protect the voting system, protect the sacred right to vote,” Biden said. “It’s under assault in ways that I haven’t seen in my entire career.”  

According to Biden, it’s the Republican party that is assaulting the voting system. “But what Republicans want to do is say a political party gets to decide if a vote counts,” Biden said. “It’s outrageous.  We’re going to fight like hell so that doesn’t happen.  That’s one of the most important things we can do.”

As a result, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn responded to Biden’s accusations. “Americans are rejecting the failed policies of the Biden administration and turning towards Republicans’ proven message,” Vaughn wrote in a statement. “The RNC continues to build upon the successes of our data-driven ground game, and we look forward to holding Biden and the Democrats accountable for their resounding failures when we take back the House and Senate in 2022.” 

However Biden implied that the federal government under a Democratic majority is the solution to American’s problems. “The Republican party today offers nothing but fear, lies, and broken promises,” Biden said. “We have to keep cutting through the Republican fog –that the government isn’t the problem, and show that we, the people — we, the people, are always the solution.”

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently opened up early voting in his state, to Biden’s chagrin. When Biden slammed Abbott for his newest voting bill, the Texas governor reminded him that the bill opens up early voting hours. Not even Biden’s home state of Delaware has early voting hours.

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In Pennsylvania, Undecided Voters Are Torn Between Faith And A Party That Was Once A Way Of Life

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA — Religion runs deep in eastern Pennsylvania. Through mountains and valleys, in once-thriving mining and factory towns, Catholic steeples dot low skylines. In smoky pool halls, Monday afternoon drinkers would rather talk about the Knights of Columbus than national politics. Man for man, they’re lifelong Democrats — or once thought so.

It’s common for American families to transmit political values from generation to generation, alongside religion, eye color, and heart disease. In eastern Pennsylvania, it’s not that simple. When working out how to vote, the issues and platform are important, but so is how dad voted, how grandma would have voted.

All of this comes into the booth with the people we spoke to, and for them, the Democratic Party isn’t just a choice, it’s the working-class, it’s the union, it’s the grandparents, and until some time recently they can’t quite put their fingers on, it was Catholic and it was pro-life. In 2020, they see full well that something is very wrong.

Just over an hour north of Philadelphia, the historic city of Bethlehem sits nestled into the Lehigh Valley. For nearly the whole of the 20th century, Bethlehem Steel was synonymous with American industry — and American power. Their factories built beams strong enough to raise the greatest buildings the world had ever seen, and during the Second World War, as much as 60 percent of the United States’ guns, 40 percent of her shells, and “one-fifth of the entire fleet.”

By 2003, cheap foreign imports combined with poor business strategies had shuttered 150 years of history. The trade deals can’t be blamed on any one man or party — both were responsible, but for decades no man but Ross Perot gained national traction running against them. Perot won nearly 21 percent of the vote, and in 2016 Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win here in nearly three decades.

McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in downtown Bethlehem, Pa. Christopher Bedford.

McCarthy's Red Stag Pub in downtown Bethlehem, Pa. Christopher Bedford.

Ivan Alicea is the assistant manager at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub in historic downtown Bethlehem, where handsome lamp posts, neat brick sidewalks, and large pub windows warmly display a wall of whisky to passersby. “I’m a working-class, Catholic, pro-life Democrat,” he told us over beers, “and I don’t know how to vote.”

He echoes sentiments we’d heard before, over and over, up north in cities that were once booming mine towns but since lie forgotten. At 39, Alicea grew up when Bob Casey Sr. was governor. Casey, a Democrat who twice refused Republican invitations to defect, stood on three planks: Good and active government, the union, and the sacredness of innocent life.

Tormented by his party’s shift toward a pro-abortion stance, the observant Catholic fought alongside the Pennsylvania legislature against Planned Parenthood to institute a one-day waiting period, parental notification, husband notification, and a ban on partial-birth abortion — all of which were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court save the requirement women tell their husband beforehand.

When Republican Sen. John Heinz died in a plane crash, Casey appointed liberal Democrat Harris Wofford reportedly only after receiving Wofford’s pledge to defend Pennsylvania’s new abortion law. Once Wofford was in Washington, insider accounts say the two clashed a second time, with Casey threatening his first race to hold the seat if Wofford didn’t push the defense of life. And in 1992, Casey was barred from a speaking slot at the 1992 Democratic convention over his intent to force the abortion debate on the Democratic National Convention.

“Yes!” Alicea replied when asked about the elder Casey. “Exactly! When I grew up, we were Bob Casey Democrats… My wife told me, ‘It sounds like you’re going to the other side, but I don’t know what my side is anymore.”

That makes sense, because the Democratic Party has changed, growing so deeply intolerant of abortion opponents that their funding can be cut off and they are left vulnerable to pro-abortion primaries. Sen. Kamala Harris, Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, is the most publicly anti-Catholic major-ticket candidate in modern political history, and is certain to wield outsized influence over a fading Biden. While America’s Catholic bishops — hardly a political force since their silence when John F. Kennedy promised voters his Catholic values would have no impact on his governance — are silent on this frightening shift in the Democratic Party, priests with the courage to speak out have garnered national support over 1.1 million views on YouTube.

At the same time, a Republican Party wedded to corporate tax breaks, free trade, and anti-union policies has been overtaken by a president committed to fighting the culture wars, bringing industry back to the country through whatever trade measures are necessary, and winning the support of unions put in last place by Democratic environmentalists and open-border advocates.

And the shift is making headways: When the Republican chairwoman of Bethlehem’s Northampton County set up a voter-registration booth at a demolition derby, she told us, she gained more than 2,000 signatures, including a number who wanted to register for “the Trump Party.” Back up north in Luzerne County, a Biden rally last weekend was surrounded by tailgating, parading Trump supporters waving the blue flags of his campaign.

Luzerne’s Valeria Price, 37, said she’s haunted by her grandmother’s intent to vote Republican for the first time in 2016 — not because she was going to leave the party she and her husband, once a local Democratic councilman, had loyally supported all their lives, but because Price didn’t ask her why she was leaving before she passed. “Who is my party?” Price asked when we stopped by the newsstand where she works the register.

It’s an amazing thing to see: Party loyalty that runs so deep — and is connected to so many past battles — voters struggle with an identity crisis when confronted with the reality that the Democratic Party has long left Mass-attending Catholic workers behind. The decisions these men and women come to will decide how the state votes on Tuesday — and will help decide the next four years of American politics.

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Gingrich: ‘Big Mistake’ for Biden to Run with DNC Speech Theme of ‘Dark Versus Light’

Sunday on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his DNC speech accepting the party’s nomination.

Gingrich admitted to host John Catsimatidis that Biden gave “the best speech of his career,” but he criticized the “heavy” tone of the speech. According to Gingrich, it was a “big mistake” to make the theme of his remarks “light versus darkness” with the Democrats being the light.

“[O]verall, it was pretty flat,” Gingrich said of the convention. “And then you got to Kamala’s speech, and I thought it was a little clunky and not delivered very well. She reminded me a lot of a sort of a high school graduating president who wasn’t quite sure about talking to an audience. And then Biden gave what I thought was probably the best speech of his career. I’m pretty sure it was written by people who wrote for Clinton and Obama because it had the rhythm and the lyrics that those two guys get. And he delivered it well. To be fair, I thought he did a fine job. But it was a bit heavy.”

“Picking the theme of the light versus the darkness was a big mistake,” he continued. “You see it right there in New York. When you have Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue totally trashed, that’s the darkness. Now, when you have the mayor cutting the police budget by $1 billion, that’s the darkness. When you have people tearing down statues, that’s the darkness. And then ironically, in the end, it’s going to turn out that Harris and Biden are on the side of the darkness. Having the best African-American employment in history, having the best Latino employment in history, those are the things Trump achieved. That’s the light. Or being in favor of the police, and standing firmly with those who are trying to protect our lives. That’s the light. They are strategically in an almost impossible situation. And I think that will become more and more obvious over the next two or three weeks. And then sometime in September, they will start getting desperate.”

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Donald Trump: Democrats at DNC Removed ‘God’ from Pledge of Allegiance ‘on Purpose’

President Donald Trump criticized Democrats on Twitter Saturday for removing the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

“At first I thought they made a mistake, but it wasn’t. It was done on purpose,” Trump wrote.

The president was referring to stories that the moderator leading the Muslim Delegates Assembly meeting during day two of the DNC skipped “under God” as he began a virtual conference by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Democrats included the phrase “under God” each day during the primetime evening events for the convention.

Trump warned Christians that Democrats would continue removing the mention of God in the public square.

“Remember Evangelical Christians, and ALL, this is where they are coming from – it’s done,” he wrote. “Vote Nov 3!”

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Biden Pledges to Solve Coronavirus, Poverty, Climate Change, Racism in Lofty Speech

Joe Biden, who served almost 50 years as a politician in Washington, promised Thursday he would solve the coronavirus, poverty, climate change, and racism if he is elected president.

Biden made these lofty promises in a 3,000-plus-word speech accepting the Democrat presidential nomination.

However, it was unclear what exactly he would do differently from his eight years as vice president and 37 years as a United States senator.

His plan to “get control” of the virus laid out steps that President Donald Trump has already been taking.

Nevertheless, Biden pledged, “As president, the first step I will take will be to get control of the virus that’s ruined so many lives.”

He said the country would develop and deploy rapid tests with results available immediately — something the Trump administration has already been working on.

He said the U.S. would “make the medical supplies and protective equipment our country needs” — something Trump has already done with ventilators and is doing with a number of other critical equipment.

Biden pledged to “make sure our schools have the resources they need to be open, safe, and effective” — despite the CARES Act, which Trump signed into law in March, providing $31 billion to schools in emergency funding.

Biden said he would “take the muzzle off our experts” despite government experts such as Dr. Tony Fauci appearing on media incessantly.

The only new portion of Biden’s plan is a national mask mandate.

To rebuild the economy, Biden promised “modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports,” and “pipes that transport clean water to every community.” Biden promised to create five million new “manufacturing and technology jobs.”

Since Trump took office, the economy has added 6.7 million more jobs, with 487,000 in manufacturing — a higher density than the last three years of the Obama administration, in which Biden served, when there was only 262,000 in manufacturing, according to the Washington Post.

The Obama administration actually lost roughly 300,000 manufacturing jobs during its tenure, according to a separate Post report.

Biden also promised a health care system that “lowers premiums, deductibles, and drug prices” and builds on the Affordable Care Act and an education system that trains people “for the best jobs” but that is also affordable. He promised child care and elder care, an immigration system that “powers our economy and reflects our values,” newly empowered labor unions with equal pay for women and rising wages, and to “finally” pay essential workers.

Biden said his administration will “deal with climate change” and that it was an “opportunity” to lead the world in clean energy and create “millions” of new “good-paying jobs” in the process, without mentioning jobs that would be lost in the process.

During a Democrat debate in December, Biden was asked whether he was willing to sacrifice “hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to the greener economy.”

“The answer is yes,” Biden said. “The answer is yes because the opportunity for those workers to transition to high paying jobs is real.”

Biden said all of his proposals could be paid for by ending tax loopholes, tax cuts under the Trump administration, and by taxing the wealthiest one percent and the most profitable corporations.

He added, without mentioning his almost five decades in Washington, “it’s long past time the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations in this country paid their fair share.”

He then promised to root out “our systemic racism” and praised “young people” as one of the “most powerful voices.”

“They’re speaking to the inequity and injustice that has grown up in America. Economic injustice. Racial injustice. Environmental injustice.
I hear their voices and if you listen, you can hear them too,” he said.

“History has thrust one more urgent task on us. Will we be the generation that finally wipes the stain of racism from our national character?
I believe we’re up to it. I believe we’re ready,” he said, before repeating the lie that Trump called white supremacists “very fine people.”

The irony of Biden promising to solve all these problems but not having done so as vice president or in 37 years as a U.S. senator was not lost on Republicans.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) urged voters to look at Biden’s actual record. He said Friday on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends:

Ultimately, you’ve got to look at what he said and has he delivered? I mean for all of the list of things that he said he would solve — every problem in the world’s going to be solved — he hasn’t solved any of them in 47 years in political office. I do think that matters. Results matter. And so you look at President Trump’s record, in just three years, he’s delivered on all the promises he’s made.

Scalise added, “We need to rebuild our economy now from COVID. Who better to do it than Donald Trump, who already did it once, not Joe Biden, who was part of so many failures … Osama bin Laden might still be around today if he was the one making the call.”

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Hypocritical: DNC Builds A Wall For Security

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On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage in Delaware to virtually accept his nomination for the presidency. Supporters and opponents outside the venue were separated by a large wall-like fence. After years of mocking President Trump for building a wall on the nation’s southern border, the Democrats seem to recognize the utility of protection by a wall.

As reported by Breitbart, the DNC set up a wall to organize and protect supporters in one area outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden gave his remarks.

The tall fence can be seen clearly in this video.

Breitbart also noted that the candidate being protected by this wall has said, “There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.”

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Van Jones on Biden Speech: ‘As Long as He Didn’t Embarrass Himself, We Were Going to Come Out Here and Praise Him’

Thursday following former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN contributor Van Jones revealed Democrats were concerned about Biden’s performance headed into the speech.

Jones explained Democrats were braced for a “terrible speech” but breathing a sigh of relief after the delivery, marking the end of the four-day virtual Democratic National Convention.

“That sound that you hear all across the country is the sound of Democrats exhaling,” he said. “That’s what that is. People would have accepted anything. We just wanted Joe to get out there. So, you know, sometimes when he gets up there you’re afraid he’s going to make a mistake, he’s going to have a gaffe, the expectation is just so low. And then he came out there, and he gave an extraordinary speech.”

“Listen, first of all, it’s very tough just to do the biography,” Jones continued. “It’s very tough to do policy, very tough to do attack and contrast, almost impossible to do all three well. He did all three well, and it was authentic. It was an extraordinary speech. And we were prepared for it to be a terrible speech. As long as he didn’t embarrass himself, we were going to come out here and praise him. You don’t have to make anything up tonight. Joe Biden did that thing tonight. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.”

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DNC Night 4: Biden Veers Toward The Center, Calming Dems With A Strong Finish To A Mismanaged Convention

Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up the Democratic Convention Thursday night, putting an authentic and well-received closing argument at the end of an otherwise halting, depressing and frankly alien four-day rally, and previewing what may be the campaign’s calculation that a Kamala Harris VP provides left-wing cover for a rapid return to messaging from the Democratic Party’s political center.

Biden used the 25-minute speech, delivered from an empty convention center in Wilmington, Delaware, to contrast President Donald Trump’s “darkness” with his own “light,” and continued to stress the moderate credentials that have been a major theme of the Democratic National Convention. His words gently repudiated the more radical shifts of the Democratic Party, including anthem protests, demonizing white people, and The New York Times’ anti-American “1619 Project.”

Americans, Biden said, must, “Live up to the promise of our sacred founding documents that promise our rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The highly contentious “Black Lives Matter” group powerful Democrats have literally bowed to went unmentioned, replaced instead with the late Rep. John Lewis’s call for America to “lay down the heavy burden of hate.” A mere moment later, however, Biden paid homage to “systemic racism” — the concept that America is a racist country that’s very systems conspire to subjugate minorities.

“No miracle is coming,” he angrily charged, blaming the president for the Chinese coronavirus and later adding, again with anger, that “the president still does not have a plan, but I do.” His plan, he said, is to make and distribute tests (as the president has done), “to take the muzzle off our experts” (who have dominated the White House press conferences for months while liberal tech companies censor and punish expert dissent), and to “have a national mandate to wear masks,” describing it as “a patriotic duty.”

Free the experts already running the country and mask the people is a very strange message, but played to the entire four days of coronavirus cowering. While public gatherings are allowed in every state of the union, many restaurants and bars are open, people are returning to work, politicians have locked arms with protesters, and riots have raged in the streets, the Democratic Convention paid high homage to the insistence that gathering in America is a deadly exercise.

Despite the existence of rapid-result tests, as used by the White House Press Corps — and by wealthy Hollywood Democrats for their social parties — the Bidens kept their distance from his vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris, and her husband. Despite President Donald Trump meeting multiple times a week with reporters, daily with his staff, and traveling the country speaking to crowds of cheering supporters, neither the Bidens nor any other Democratic speaker appeared with or in front of the public.

Although forceful at points, Biden, just three years older than Trump, seemed far older than the spirited and combative president, who spoke to a public crowd earlier the same day in his opponent’s hometown. The vice president, to Democrats’ relief, did not commit any gaffes or lose his place during his longest speech since winning the primary, making strides against the increasingly bipartisan observation he is fighting a losing battle against cognitive decline.

It is difficult to imagine four days of empty seats and moderate messaging, capped with a strong and well-delivered speech by Biden, will make up for months of dodging interviews, banning questions, and sheltering in place while shifting increasingly leftward. Conventions are almost never a messaging anomaly, though, and are most often used to set the campaign’s tone for the rest of the race.

If that’s the case here, then the campaign has calculated that the nomination of a black woman will satiate the party’s activist wing thoroughly enough to provide cover for a rapid return to the party’s political center. Biden, after all, won the primary from the center of the party. Casual observers might have forgotten this, given his post-win shift left and socialist Bernie Sanders’s enthusiastic stumping on his behalf. Fortunately for Biden, if Sanders’ playful appearance Thursday night is any indicator, the personal animus the senator held toward Hillary Clinton is absent this time around.

Biden’s speech closed out a night that lurched awkwardly from segment to segment, room to room — and always without an audience. The convention’s deficiencies were obvious for everyone but a Washington Post theater critic. Even the master of ceremonies, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, opened her set with a joke that the first three nights had gone so well they were going to add a fifth.

The theme of tragedy and loss has dominated the convention’s effort to reintroduce Biden to the public, with Tuesday night revolving around it, and death and sadness still circling Thursday’s more triumphant, patriotic-toned videos and speeches. Beyond the story of his eldest son Beau’s death of cancer five years ago, a documentary-style remembrance of John Lewis delivered a touching moment, ending with a moving performance of “Glory” by pianist and singer John Legend, rapper Common, and a Gospel choir.

These 10 minutes were among the most flawless emotional peaks of the convention, drawing tragedy up into political resolve and a biblical, godly crusade for justice and the people — all to a great tune. Like so many moments, however, the DNC almost immediately squandered it.

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“Wow, that was so beautiful, ” Louis-Dreyfus followed up with the tone you might use with a child showing you a bowl of Cheerios for the fifth time that morning. “Wow,” she repeated for good measure before launching into a repeat of a joke about mispronouncing Vice President’s Mike Pence’s name (because mispronouncing “Kamala” is racist now) and one about Trump cheating at golf. There was no one in the audience, so no one laughed, and for the following eight minutes we were subjected to Jon Meacham, who most people don’t recognize, talking about our souls.

After Jon, Rep. Deb Haaland came on the screen. She told us about her “people, the Pueblo people,” and drew on her mother’s military service. No one knows who she is either, but when a San Felipe Pueblo Indian family with 60 years of military service in just two generations asked her to help them bury Master Sgt. Joseph Velasquez with the honors he deserved during COVID, Haaland ignored her constituents. The congresswoman did, however, find the time during Covid-19 to attend George Floyd’s funeral — and to represent military service and the Pueblo people during a DNC speech.

After Jon and Deb, viewers were treated to the baseless conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump made the Post Office bad. This isn’t all to give a play-by-play of the convention, but to illustrate how badly the emotions the DNC worked tirelessly to evoke were wasted on stupid segments.

One portion that managed to get beyond the terrible awkwardness of speeches to empty rooms was a playful conversation between some of Biden’s defeated opponents, recalling their favorite memories of Joe from the trail. Another strong segment featured a veteran of World War II and Korea remembering his combat jump, listing his NRA membership, and saying that he will change his vote from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020. The veteran’s short story kicked off a military-themed portion on Biden’s devotion to our servicemen and women.

In the end, the documentary-style medium — one invented for television audiences — won out over nearly every speech, which is great for a long commercial but rough for eight hours of primetime television. Biden’s closing speech can’t give the burst of energy a successful public convention would have, but the sighs of relief from consultants, pundits and supporters increasingly wondering if he could still give a strong speech will have to suffice, and the increasingly uncomfortable defense of a hidden candidate will certainly get a burst of energy.

On Monday evening, the Republican National Convention will begin. While details are still being finalized, early reports indicate the president will speak from the South Lawn of the White House, Pence will speak from Fort McHenry (of “Star-Spangled Banner” fame), the public might be treated to a fireworks show on the National Mall, and many or all of the speeches will be delivered in front of live audiences.

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