Joe Biden's Big Lie
Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.
Biden decried Republicans' proposed changes in election laws 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 polite, unhinged nonsense.
Biden is old enough to remember what real Jim Crow voter suppression was like. It meant zero Black people voting in places like Mississippi. It meant threats and violence against Black people who tried to register to vote. It meant unfair application of literacy tests and poll taxes.
Requiring voters to present photo ID is nothing like this: Large majorities think it's reasonable. Measures such as reducing the number 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, are not the same. Not even close.
Early in his speech, Biden denounced "the big lie," a reference to Donald Trump's claims that he actually won the 2020 election. But Biden's Jim Crow charge is an even clearer instance of the big lie -- and a more dangerous one -- since it's unlikely to be fact-checked by most media. If you want people to condemn a big lie, don't tell one yourself.
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 words, apparently unaware that they could be applied to him and his own party.
You might not understand this if your only news sources were the New York Times or CNN. But if you try to look at it, as Darryl Cooper does in the leftist Glenn Greenwald's Substack, you might recall that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats did not accept the results of 2016 election and spent months advancing the Russia collusion hoax to delegitimize and end the Trump presidency.