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President Joe Biden condemned attacks on voter rights as ‘unAmerican’ during commencement speech

Biden calls Kamala ‘President Harris’, says black entrepreneurs do not often have attorneys in speech attacking the Republican ‘assault’ on voting rights

  • Biden gave a commencement speech at South Carolina State University Friday 
  • In a slip, he referred to his vice chairman as ‘President Harris’
  • He referred to as on his younger, Black viewers to turn into leaders in society
  • And he condemned attacks on voting rights as ‘unAmerican’ 
  • His go to was a favor to Rep. Jim Clyburn who helped revive his 2020 marketing campaign 








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President Joe Biden condemned attacks on voter rights as ‘unAmerican’ on Friday as he delivered a commencement speech at South Carolina State University.

His go to was partially a favor to his ally Rep. Jim Clyburn, who helped resurrect Biden’s faltering main marketing campaign in South Carolina final yr.

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But he additionally used it to assault the Republican ‘assault’ on voting rights and to implore his viewers to turn into leaders and enterprise homeowners investing in their very own communities, and serving to elevate the variety of authorities contracts going to entrepreneurs from minority teams.

‘We discovered there isn’t any distinction between a black entrepreneur and a white entrepreneur in success,’ he stated.

‘Except the black entrepreneur often does not have a lawyer, often does not have somebody who’s going to be there and accounting to get all of it arrange. 

‘Their concept is as profound however the assistance is lacking.’

President Biden delivered a commencement speech at South Carolina State University on Friday, condemning attacks on voter rights and urging his Black audience to become leaders

President Biden delivered a commencement speech at South Carolina State University on Friday, condemning attacks on voter rights and urging his Black viewers to turn into leaders

In a slip, Biden referred to his vice president as 'President Harris' in his opening remarks

In a slip, Biden referred to his vice chairman as ‘President Harris’ in his opening remarks

Biden called on his audience of young, Black Americansto lead the way in building a more equitable country

Biden referred to as on his viewers of younger, Black Americansto paved the way in constructing a extra equitable nation

He arrived a day after the White House was compelled to make clear Vice President Harris’s feedback that she and the president had not mentioned plans for his reelection.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters that Biden nonetheless plan to face once more in 2024 with Harris as his operating mate. 

So a momentary slip during his speech when he promoted Harris to the highest job, as he mentioned traditionally black schools and universities, can be seized on by opposition meme makers. 

‘But all kidding apart, after all, President Harris is a proud Howard alum,’ he stated in his opening remarks.

He referred to as on his viewers to paved the way in constructing a extra equitable America. 

‘Maybe most vital of all now we have to guard that sacred proper to vote, for God’s sake,’ he stated.

He described how his introduction to politics got here by means of the civil rights motion.

‘Guess what? I’ve by no means seen something just like the unrelenting assault on the precise to vote,’ he stated. ‘Never.

‘As John Lewis stated … with out the precise to vote there is no such thing as a democracy. It’s not nearly who will get to vote, or making it simpler … It’s about who will get to rely the vote and whether or not your vote counts in any respect.’

Progress was being turned again, he stated.

‘This new sinister mixture of voter suppression and election server and elections aversion. It’s unAmerican. It’s undemocratic and sadly, it’s unprecedented since Reconstruction.’

Rep James Clyburn (D-SC) helped revive Biden's stalling primary campaign last year and on Friday he received his diploma in person from South Carolina State University - as he received it in the mail when he graduated in the 1961

Rep James Clyburn (D-SC) helped revive Biden’s stalling main marketing campaign final yr and on Friday he obtained his diploma in particular person from South Carolina State University – as he obtained it within the mail when he graduated within the 1961

He stated Democrats have been pushing for brand new protections on voting rights however they have been blocked within the Senate. 

‘But every time it will get to be introduced up, that different staff blocks the flexibility even to begin to talk about it, that different staff that was once referred to as the Republican Party,’ he stated.

Biden’s go to to Columbia, South Carolina, got here at a difficult second in his presidency, together with his $1.8 trillion bundle of social and environmental spending caught in limbo.

Democrats had hoped to have made progress earlier than the tip of the yr however stalled negotiations imply their focus is shifting to voting rights. 

Even so Biden had stated he was eager to assist out his good friend Rep. Jim Clyburn.

Clyburn launched him on Friday at his alma mater, the place he was becoming a member of this yr’s graduates to obtain his diploma in particular person. When he graduated in 1961 there have been no December ceremonies so he obtained his diploma within the mail.

‘I’d virtually stroll to South Carolina to have the ability to do this for Jim,’ stated Biden in an interview this week with WLTX-TV in Columbia. 

‘Jim has been a champion for all of the issues that matter.’

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