Joe Biden mistakenly refers to VP as ‘President Harris'
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President Joe Biden was delivering a speech on voting rights legislation in Atlanta, Georgia when he made reference to “President Harris.” The mishap was the latest in a line of gaffes the accident-prone president has made throughout his career. Vice-President Kamala Harris has been muted by some as a future potential Democratic candidate for the White House.
President Biden told the crowd: “Last week, President Harris and I stood in the United States Capitol to observe one of those before and after moments in American history.”
Biden was referring to the assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2020, by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Mr Biden went on to call the mob violence that day an “attempted coup.”
The President and Vice President Kamala Harris were in Georgia to drum up support for news voting legislation state.
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Georgia voted Democratic for the first time in almost 30 years in the 2020 election.
Republicans sitting in the Georgia House of Representatives subsequently passed House Bill 531 which moved to limit voting hours, drop boxes, and require a government ID when voting by mail.
Speaking on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill riots last week, Mr Biden warned Americans have to be “firm, resolute and unyielding” in defence of the right to vote.
“The lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated. So we have to be firm, resolute, and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted,” he said.
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“So now let’s step up, write the next chapter in American history, where January 6th marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play,” Biden said.
In remarks delivered before Biden spoke, Vice President Harris also cast a spotlight on Trump supporters’ efforts to subvert democracy, calling on Congress to pass voting rights legislation and on Americans to participate.
“We cannot let our future be decided by those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes, and peddling lies and misinformation by some radical faction that may be newly resurgent but whose roots run old,” Harris said.
“The fragility of democracy is this: that if we are not vigilant, if we do not defend it, democracy simply will not stand; it will falter and fail.”
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Mr Biden also attacked the “defeated” former president Donald Trump’s “bruised ego” and his followers’ refusal to accept reality.
“You can’t love your country only when you win. You can’t obey the law only when it’s convenient.
“You can’t be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies,” he said.
“Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America – at American democracy.”
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