Biden calls for 'silencing' extremism in the United States
Joe Biden, President of the United States
US President Joe Biden called on Thursday to “silence” extremist, racist and violence-inciting ideas at a conference hosted by the White House.
We cannot remain silent. There are those who say that when we talk about [extremism], we divide the country, said the 79-year-old Democrat, who the Republican opposition has blamed for stoking divisions after a recent virulent speech against the radical right.
By evoking it, we silence it, rather than shutting ourselves up. Silence digs the wounds, said Joe Biden who was announced on stage, in a very symbolic way, by the mother of a young girl killed during a demonstration of white supremacists.
Heather Heyer, 32, died in August 2017 in Charlottesville, East Virginia, when a neo-Nazi sympathizer drove into a crowd of anti-racism activists.
The latter were protesting against a march of hundreds of members of the ultra-right, a demonstration which Joe Biden said again on Thursday had convinced him to come out of his political retirement to join the race for the White House.
“Hate is never defeated, it only hides, and if given oxygen, she comes out of her hiding place. In recent years, we have given it too much oxygen in politics, in the media and on the Internet.
—Joe Biden, President of the United States
On this last point, Joe Biden intends to hold social networks accountable for spreading hatred and inciting violence, he said.
< p class="e-p">He called on Congress to end the special immunity they enjoy through contrary legislation, which, unlike newspaper publishers through example, does not hold them responsible for the content published.
If Joe Biden resumed on Thursday the call for unity and reconciliation that has marked his mandate since At the start, the president also occasionally adopted a more virulent tone as the midterm legislative elections approached in eight weeks.
September 1 in Philadelphia, he denounced, in a rare direct attack on his predecessor, the extremism of Donald Trump and his supporters, accusing them of shaking the very foundations of American democracy. don't.