Biden Accuses SCOTUS of Damaging the Right to Vote While Tossing Around 'Insurrection' Words

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As we previously reported, the Supreme Court delivered a great decision yesterday, upholding the right of states to be able to enforce rules as to election security. It was a big win for the Republicans and a crushing loss for the Democrats.

You knew what a big case it was by how much of a meltdown Democrats like Marc Elias, the legal hatchet guy for the DNC, had in response to the decision.

In response, Joe Biden did something that at least in former times would have been unheard of — he went after another branch of government, attacking the Supreme Court. Yet, Biden breaking this norm has gotten very little attention from media.

Indeed, if anything, they praised his attack on the Court, which was replete with lies and basically accused the Court of delivering a racist decision. Imagine if President Donald Trump had attacked the Court in this way.

The statement is a complete work of fiction in which those evil Republicans are trying to rip apart the Voting Rights Act (despite not denying anyone the right to vote and not basing anything on race) while the Democrats are the noble heroes trying to prevent it — by violating the Constitution, basically trying to federalize elections with Biden’s “For the People Act” which trashed election security with things like banning requiring voter IDs across the country.

In a span of just eight years, the Court has now done severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure.

After all we have been through to deliver the promise of this Nation to all Americans, we should be fully enforcing voting rights laws, not weakening them. Yet this decision comes just over a week after Senate Republicans blocked even a debate – even consideration – of the For the People Act that would have protected the right to vote from action by Republican legislators in states across the country.

While this broad assault against voting rights is sadly not unprecedented, it is taking on new forms. It is no longer just about a fight over who gets to vote and making it easier for eligible voters to vote. It is about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.

Who is taking away anyone’s right to vote? Not Republicans. What are the state restrictions in this case that he calls “severe damage” and a “broad assault against voting rights?” The state of Arizona banning ballot harvesting and declaring a vote cast in the wrong precinct invalid. That’s it. Indeed Democrats’ argument about the case was itself racist, suggesting that restricting voting to the proper precinct was somehow racist, that people of color are somehow not able to figure out how to vote in the right precinct.

“It is about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all.” Whoops, be careful, Joe, that’s sounding like you’re questioning the election process there, sounds like “insurrection.” But he wants the federal government to dictate to the states how to do everything, despite the Constitution vesting that right in the states. He throws in a couple of words about “election security” in a couple of places in the statement, even as he tries to gut election security, stop laws that provide for it, and solidify Democratic power.

That is what Vice President Harris and I will continue to do.

This is our life’s work and the work of all of us.

Democracy is on the line.

We can do this together.

Our Republic is on the line. But it’s not because of election security laws from the Republicans, but from efforts to suborn the Constitution from the Democrats.