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Strategy Shift: Biden Confronts Trump Head on After Year of Silent Treatment 

This article contains all the information related to the change in strategy of President Biden on Trump. It also includes opinions of different people and how Biden plans to counter the problems posing a threat to American democracy.

Early and Recent Approach of Biden

In the early days of his presidency, Joe Biden asked the Americans to quash their deep divisions fumed by a precursor he did not pay attention to. He focused on national unity and requested the Americans to come together to put an end to the uncivil war.

After a year later, as a divided nation observed the first anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, the uncivil war he wanted to douse in fury, stronger than ever. In a fierce attack on Thursday, Biden had a different tone.

He said he was “crystal clear” about the threats posed in the nation and blamed Donald Trump and his political supporters for putting a “dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy”. In his 21-minute address, from the US Capitol, Biden portrayed himself as a protector of democracy in the fight for America’s soul.

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He promised he would stand in this violation and protect the nation. That moment of instinctive speech marked a change in strategy for Biden in engaging with Trump – whose name he took before but rather ridiculed as the “defeated former president”.

Reason for Breaking Silence

The decision to put an end to his silence about Trump comes at a difficult moment in Biden’s presidency, with his plan of Build Back Better holding off, the Covid-19 pandemic re-emerging and the economic malady visible.

It also showed the truth that, far from being avoided, Trump is the rival with the most potential to Biden in 2024 and the most powerful opponent in the Republican party. Confronting Trump was a premeditated risk.

Trump grabbed the chance to throw all kinds of humiliation and allegations at Biden, whose comments he said were very upsetting to many people. But in his speech, Biden recognized that there was a risk in continuously avoiding Trump and what he called his “web of lies”.

The latest polling shows the bulk of Republicans believe Trump’s unattested claims about the fraud in the election while a growing percentage of Americans are willing to endure political violence in certain situations. Republican-driven states are following a pattern of new voting restrictions, encouraged somewhat by the ambiguity surrounding the 2020 election results.

At the same time, Republicans are drafting laws that insert bias into the administration of elections and counting of votes while regulating power from elections authorities who withstood the force to throw out votes or overturn the polling in their state.

Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University remarked that it was important to be particular about the problem and the source of the crisis. Otherwise, the uncertain statements, without agency, that are in the air about polar division manage to miss the manner in which Trump and the GOP are the sources of so much vulnerability.

However, he cautioned that a speech can only do that much. Without holding people responsible for the January 6 incident and the operation against the 2020 election and in the absence of actual legislation to protect the voting rights and the electoral procedure, the ‘dagger at the throat of democracy’ would still be there.

What Biden Reiterated in His Speech

Biden Confronts Trump Head on After Year of Silent Treatment

In his comments, Biden contended that safeguarding voting rights was of utmost concern to protecting American democracy. He wanted to find the clues between Trump’s proclamation that the 2020 election was marked by fraud and Republicans’ unanimous effort to sabotage the process of election in states where they have power.

He said that at present, new laws are being made in multiple states- not to save the vote, but to deny it, not just to crush the vote, but oust it, not to reinforce or safeguard their democracy, but because of the loss the former president suffered.

Biden will pursue the same thing on Wednesday when he gives another ensuing speech on voting rights. In Atlanta, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will appeal for the passage of two voting rights bills that face some formidable odds in the Senate, namely the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

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The problem surrounding voting rights has been the focal point of attention after hopes of passing Biden’s extensive domestic policy plans faced a stumble from the opposition of Senator Joe Manchin, the conservative Democrat from West Virginia.

As far as concerned Republican opposition has stopped the passage of the law in an equally divided chamber, where Democrats are short of the 60 votes required to overpower the obstruction. 

Opinions of Experts and Other People on the Law

Manchin again has the keys on voting rights law, which he widely is in favor of. But his resistance in removing the obstruction in its path has prompted the Democrats to resort to other directions like making an exception in the guidelines for a certain law.

The Senate Majority leader, Chuck Schumer, said he would set voting on adjusting the filibuster rules within January 17, Martin Luther King Day. Biden has been under extreme pressure from civil rights leaders and voting rights advocates who are disappointed with his handling of the situation, seen as serious to the president’s reputation.

An alliance of Georgia-based voting rights groups alarmed Biden and Harris not to worry about coming to the state unless they give a proper plan to move forward. The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, informed the reporters this week that Biden proposed to emphasize the acute need to pass the law to protect the constitutional right to vote and the elections’ integrity.

Spencer Overton, who is an expert in election law and the president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, has faith that Biden will make use of his authority to describe why passing federal voting rights law is so important to defeating the lies and propaganda sabotaging faith in the nation’s governance.

He remarked that such lies have serious consequences. At times they are visual, like a year ago on January 6, but other times they quietly abrade democracy by stopping normal citizens from participating in voting and thereby restricting their rights. He also added that this is the most essential law in Congress at the moment and there is no use in delaying it.

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