President BidenJoe Biden Russia, China Tensions Increase With White House New Challenges Emerge For Biden After Strong Start Feinstein Opens Door To Support Obstruction Reform MORE on Friday he credited Georgia officials with helping “save our democracy” by resisting pressure from former President TrumpDonald Trump The Illinois House passes a resolution condemning the state representative. for ‘supporting the insurgents’ Florida Democrats call for redo elections after former state senator allegedly rigged race Biden and Harris discussed voting rights with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta MORE and its allies in the 2020 elections.
Biden delivered remarks in Atlanta condemning violence and discrimination against the Asian American community after eight people, six of whom were Asian, were shot and killed there Tuesday night. But he used the second half of his speech to give Georgia credit for securing his victory and giving Democrats a majority in the Senate.
The president dealt a slightly veiled blow to his predecessor, who spent weeks questioning Georgia’s election results, making unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and pressuring state officials to overturn the result.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in a January phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. (R). .
“All I want to do is this,” he continued. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
The Peach state is one of several this year where Republicans have introduced new restrictions on early voting and by mail after Democratic victories in November.
“This is a democracy. The right to vote is fundamental. The fact that there was a record turnout in the United States in the last elections in the middle of a pandemic should be something we celebrate, not attack,” Biden said in written comments.
“The fact that he held free and fair elections in Georgia that withstood count after count, court case after court case, is something he should be proud of,” he continued. “The fact that your poll workers, your poll workers, your volunteers, your local officials, your state officials, your courts withstood the immense pressure with character and honesty and integrity helped save our democracy. And this country will be grateful for a long time to come. that.”
Biden won the state of Georgia and its 16 electoral votes by nearly 12,000 votes in November, flipping a state that Trump won in 2016 by more than 100,000 votes.
Democratic Sens. Jon ossoffJon OssoffBiden and Harris discuss voting rights with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta Biden: Georgia officials ‘helped save our democracy’ by facing 2020 pressure from Biden and Harris to meet Stacey Abrams during her trip to Georgia MORE Y Raphael warnockRaphael Warnock Biden and Harris discuss voting rights with Stacey Abrams in Atlanta Biden: Georgia officials ‘helped save our democracy’ by facing 2020 pressure from Biden and Harris to meet Stacey Abrams during their trip to Georgia MORE He went on to win a pair of Senate elections in the state in January after Trump spent the intervening weeks casting doubt on the safety of the state elections.
Biden defended the state’s electoral system and touted the impact of those victories in his speech Friday.
“For those of you who already have or will soon have $ 1,400 in their pockets, you can thank Senators Warnock and Ossoff,” Biden said. “If it hadn’t been for their votes, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Ossoff and Warnock gave Democrats 50 Senate seats, which, along with control of the White House, gave them a narrow majority.
Earlier this month, Congress passed Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which included the checks for $ 1,400, on a 50-49 vote through the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple majority in both houses.