President Joe Biden was speaking on voting rights legislation in Atlanta, Georgia, when he referred to “President Harris.” The incident was the latest in a string of blunders the accident-prone president has committed throughout his career. Vice President Kamala Harris has been muted by some as a potential future Democratic candidate for the White House.
President Biden told the crowd, “Last week President Harris and I stood on the United States Capitol to observe one of those moments before and after American history.”
Biden was referring to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2020 by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Mr Biden then called the mob violence that day an “attempted coup”.
President and Vice President Kamala Harris were in Georgia to seek state support for information voting legislation.
Georgia voted Democratic for the first time in nearly 30 years in the 2020 election.
Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives subsequently passed Bill 531, which limited voting hours, drop boxes, and required government ID when voting by mail.
Speaking on the first anniversary of the Capitol Hill riots last week, Biden warned Americans must be “steadfast, resolute and inflexible” in defending the franchise.
“The lies that led to the anger and madness that we have seen in this place have not abated. So we must be firm, resolute and inflexible in our defense of the right to vote and that this vote be counted. “, did he declare.
“So now let’s step up, write the next chapter in American history, where January 6 marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance of freedom and fair play,” Biden said.
In remarks ahead of Biden’s speech, Vice President Harris also highlighted the efforts of Trump supporters to overthrow democracy, calling on Congress to pass voting rights legislation and Americans to participate.
“We cannot let our future be decided by those who are determined to silence our voices, reverse our votes and peddle lies and disinformation by a radical faction which may be newly reborn but whose roots are old.” , said Harris.
“The fragility of democracy is this: if we are not vigilant, if we do not defend it, democracy simply will not hold; it will falter and fail. “
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Mr Biden also attacked the “bruised ego” of former “defeated” President Donald Trump and the refusal of his supporters to accept reality.
“You cannot love your country only when you win. You cannot obey the law only when it is convenient for you.
“You cannot be a patriot when you embrace and allow lies,” he said.
“Those who stormed this Capitol and those who incited and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America – to American democracy.”