Did that black individuals are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states managed by Republicans? Sounds a bit unlikely, but that’s a conclusion you might need come to in case you took critically what President Joe Biden mentioned in Philadelphia Tuesday.
Biden decried Republicans’ proposed changes to election legal guidelines as “the 21st-century Jim Crow assault” that tries “to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections, an assault on democracy.”
This is, to be well mannered, unhinged nonsense.
Biden is sufficiently old to recollect what actual Jim Crow voter suppression was like. It meant zero black folks voting in locations like Mississippi. It meant threats and violence towards black individuals who tried to register to vote. It meant unfair utility of literacy checks and ballot taxes.
Requiring voters to current photograph ID is nothing like this: Large majorities suppose it’s affordable.
And measures comparable to decreasing the variety of pre-election voting days in Georgia (there are zero in Biden’s Delaware) or ending pandemic-inspired measures like drive-through voting in Harris County, Texas, aren’t the identical. Not even shut.
Early in his speech, Biden denounced “the big lie,” a reference to Donald Trump’s claims that he truly received the 2020 election. But Biden’s Jim Crow cost is an even clearer occasion of the massive lie — and a extra harmful one — because it’s unlikely to be fact-checked by most media.
If you need folks to condemn an enormous lie, don’t inform one your self.
In his criticism of Trump, Biden invoked a long-standing norm of American politics.
“In America, if you lose, you accept the results. You follow the Constitution. You try again. You don’t call the facts ‘fake’ and then try to bring down the American experiment just because you’re unhappy.” He spoke these phrases, apparently unaware that they might be utilized to him and his personal get together.
You may not perceive this in case your solely information sources are The New York Times and CNN.
But in case you attempt to have a look at it, as Darryl Cooper does in the leftist Glenn Greenwald’s Substack, you may recall that Hillary Clinton and different Democrats didn’t settle for the outcomes of the 2016 election and spent months advancing the Russia-collusion hoax to delegitimize and finish the Trump presidency.
“We now know,” Cooper wrote, “that the FBI and other intelligence agencies conducted covert surveillance against members of the Trump campaign based on evidence manufactured by political operatives working for the Clinton campaign, both before and after the election.”
He went on: “We know that those involved with the investigation knew that accusations of collusion were part of a campaign approved by Hillary Clinton . . . to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”
As Cooper famous, for months, many Trump supporters apprehensive that there is perhaps substance to the Russia-collusion expenses. Democrats insisted there was. News media just like the Times and CNN ignored or ridiculed efforts by the likes of House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to point out there was nothing there.
Nunes was proper, as turned obvious when particular counsel Robert Mueller admitted in his report that he had no proof of collusion. But the Times and different papers didn’t return the Pulitzers they received for his or her Russia-collusion tales.
The Times’ government editor, Dean Baquet, acknowledged in an indignant newsroom assembly: “The day Bob Mueller walked off the witness stand . . . our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy s- - -, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’ ” As a outcome, “We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years.”
“A little tiny bit flat-footed,” translated into English, means “dead wrong.”
Have Baquet or different information media leaders confessed error for his or her misjudgments? Have any Democrats who pursued the Russia-collusion hoax like Inspector Javert confessed error? Not that I’ve seen.
Democrats who need to restore respect for the electoral course of must cease calling innocent modifications in election legal guidelines “voter suppression” and a return to Jim Crow.
They and their media protectors must apologize for his or her years-long marketing campaign to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency by advancing a baseless hoax.