Let’s see if the “fact-checkers” come off the bench for President Joe Biden’s latest foot-in-mouth moment.
Florida U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds certainly has.
As multiple crises engulf the nation, the Democratic president went to Atlanta to tackle the imaginary issue of “voter suppression.” Biden called for Congress to pass a radical overhaul of election laws that would, among other things, give the federal government power over state elections.
Biden, in a nasty, divisive pitch to Black Americans, equated opponents of this plan to Confederates and Jim Crow segregationists.
“I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered?” Biden thundered. “At consequential moments in history, they present a choice: Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or [Gov.] George Wallace?”
Wallace, the late former governor of Alabama, who was a Democrat, was infamous for blocking Black students from entering the then-all white University of Alabama in 1963. He repeatedly promoted segregation as an acceptable policy, framing it as permissible under the guise of “states’ rights.”
But after Biden attempted to paint Republicans with the Wallace brush, House Republicans offered a history lesson.
They pointed out that in 1987, when he ran for president the first time, the now ultra-woke Biden championed his state’s southern roots and some praise he once received from … wait for it … George Wallace.
The GOP tweeted a Detroit Free Press article talking about how the Democrats were trying to win over Sunbelt voters. For his part, Biden had told voters the lower half of his home state, Delaware, was “culturally part of Dixie.”
He also reminded them, the Free Press continued, that Wallace had once “praised him as one of the outstanding young politicians of America.”
Given Biden’s propensity for lying – he exited that 1988 campaign in disgrace after it was revealed he gave speeches plagiarizing a British politician – who knows if Wallace really said that, although Biden admitted in 2019 he had a reputation for cozying up to Southern segregationists in the Senate to get his bills passed.
But Rep. Donalds, a Black Republican from Florida, certainly took Wallace at his word, when speaking about Biden more than three decades ago.
Appearing on Fox News Wednesday, Donalds labeled Biden’s speech “ridiculous,” in part because of the Wallace reference.
“George Wallace would never give praise to me, but he sure did give it to Joe Biden when he was in the Senate,” Donalds said.
“Let’s be very, very clear about this: This is all politics. The Democrats have nothing to run on. Joe Biden has failed America. And because of this, the only place that Democrats always go are to these voting rights issues, saying that black people, frankly, are not going to have the right to vote. That is a lie.”
“Florida has the best election laws in the country, something the Democrats don’t agree with,” Donalds added. “But there are no issues in my state about allowing Black people or any other ethnic minority to vote in the state of Florida. They should follow our lead, not Joe Biden’s.”
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