Response to President Biden’s Speech: “Failing to Meet the Moment”

Washington, D.C. — Today, in response to the speech President Joe Biden gave on voting rights, Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement: 

“On voting rights, President Joe Biden is failing to meet the moment. There is a wide gap between his rhetoric and his leadership. In his speech, he described the conservative assault on our democracy as an existential threat, yet he refused to endorse the obvious solution, which is to pass voting rights legislation and reform the filibuster to do so, if necessary. This was always going to be a steep hill to climb, but it is much steeper without active, personal engagement and leadership from the president. While the White House is correct to point out that there is no ‘magic wand’ on this issue, the president is failing to do the bare minimum, such as endorsing the steps necessary to counter the threat he described today. To save our democracy, we need leadership and action, not just words.”