President Joe Biden offered an array of outlandish remarks and claims during a recent speech defending his party’s controversial election reform proposal.
Seeking to portray GOP leaders as Jim Crow-era segregationists, the president claimed at one point that he had been arrested during the Civil Rights struggle.
“It seems like yesterday, the first time I got arrested”
Throughout his remarks on Tuesday, Biden attempted to cast himself as a bold and trusted defender of democracy.
He blasted the “Jim Crow 2.0” reforms being promoted by many on the right before apparently becoming confused about the specifics of his own role in the Civil Rights movement.
“It seems like yesterday, the first time I got arrested,” he claimed. “Anyway.”
The gaffe-prone president also raised eyebrows at other points in his speech, including a reference to his vice president as “President Harris.”
Biden also referred to notorious segregationists and Confederate leaders in making his partisan case against Republican-backed election reform bills.
“They’re making it harder for you to vote by mail”
Of course, Biden has been known to embellish or fabricate his personal narrative in the past, having previously claimed that he was arrested while trying to visit Nelson Mandela and that he marched in support of the Civil Rights movement despite any shred of evidence to back up his assertion.
i was unaware that joe biden was arrested in a civil rights demonstration? pic.twitter.com/qFbjdcPVXg
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) January 11, 2022
Biden speech in Atlanta, Georgia, represented the latest Democratic effort to push the cynical narrative that Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise minority voters by requiring identification to vote or limiting access to absentee ballots.
“Voting by mail is a safe and convenient way to get more people to vote, so they’re making it harder for you to vote by mail,” Biden said.
Adding a sense of urgency to his message, the president compared the so-called “insurrection” at the Capitol to the Civil War, declaring: “Today, we come to Atlanta — the cradle of civil rights — to make clear what must come after that dreadful day when a dagger was literally held at the throat of American democracy.”