US President Biden asks senators to declare their position on democracy

US President Joe Biden issued a statement on changing so-called Senate filibuster rules to advance voting rights legislation and berated former President Donald Trump and his allies for disenfranchisement anyone who votes against them.

Taking to Twitter, he said: “The next few days when these suffrage bills are passed will mark a turning point in this nation. Are we going to choose democracy over autocracy? Every senator will have to declare its position.”

“I ask every elected official in America – how do you want to be remembered?” he added.

Last year, President Joe Biden tore up Donald Trump’s ‘big lie’ claims about the 2020 presidential election and said the United States faced the ‘most significant test of our democracy since the war. civil” because of alleged attempts by the Republican Party. to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections.

Further, he said, “When it comes to protecting majority rule in America, a majority should govern in the United States Senate. To protect our democracy, I support changing the rules of the Senate to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on suffrage.”

Earlier, Biden lambasted efforts by Trump and others to cast doubt on the 2020 election months after its conclusion, which spurred action by state legislatures led by the Grand Old Party (Republican Party). to push through new election laws that would limit absentee voting and make it harder for some groups to vote.

Biden pointed to the dozens of legal challenges dismissed by federal judges, including some appointed by Trump. He noted that Wisconsin, Arizona and Georgia confirmed his victories in each state through audits and recounts, The Hill reported.

Notably, just hours before Biden was due to speak, Trump released a statement calling on Pennsylvania to conduct an audit of the 2020 results, in which Biden won the state by about 80,000 votes.

“The goal of the former president and his allies is to disenfranchise anyone who votes against them. This is the kind of power you see in a totalitarian state – not in a democracy. Today we call Congress to act to defend your right to vote – and our democracy,” he added.

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