Joe Biden says US democracy threatened by 'Republican subversion'
- The 2020 presidential elections had witnessed a record turnout despite the COVID-19 pandemic
- Biden said that the elections subsequently also became the most scrutinised ones in American history
- He said protecting voting rights from 'Republican election subversion' posed a historic test for US
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that protecting voting rights of American citizens from 'Republican election subversion' posed a historic test for the nation. "It's up to all of us to protect that right. It's a test of our time," he said in a speech in Philadelphia, birthplace of the US Constitution.
Referring to attempts by former president Donald Trump to overturn the results of the November presidential elections, Biden said that it was 'election subversion'.
"It's the most the most dangerous threat to voting and the integrity of free and fair elections in our history," Biden said in a fiery speech.
The President noted that over 80 courts, including the Supreme Court, held hearings in all the cases of alleged fraud filed by Republicans and found nothing.
The presidential elections in 2020 had witnessed a record turnout despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said that the elections subsequently also became the most scrutinised ones in American history.
He did not name his predecessor Trump, but made it clear what he thought of the efforts to overturn the results of the elections.
"The big lie's just that: a big lie," he said. "In America if you lose you accept the results, you follow the constitution. You try again. You don't call facts 'fake' and then try to bring down the American experiment just because you're unhappy."
The speech in the city where the founding document of the US democratic system was drawn up and signed in 1787 is Biden's highest profile foray into a controversy that both Republicans and Democrats describe in dire terms.
According to the White House and congressional Democrats, Republicans are using state legislatures to restrict voting rights across the country under the guise of increasing election security.
Republicans, egged on by Trump, insist tougher voting rules are needed to crack down on voter fraud.
This means things like cutting back on mail-in voting, shortening hours at polls and imposing heavy fines against poll workers who make mistakes.