Washington. United States President Joe Biden said this Saturday that white supremacism is the most dangerous “terrorist threat” in the country and called for curbs on political violence ahead of next year’s elections.
This is how the president expressed himself at a graduation ceremony at Howard University in Washington, an educational institution that has traditionally trained African-American students, including Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States.
His statements coincide with an investigation by authorities into the racist motivations of the gunman who last week killed eight people in a shooting at a shopping center in Allen, Texas.
“White supremacy is the most dangerous terrorist threat to our national security. And I don’t say this because I’m now at a traditionally black university, but I repeat it wherever I go,” Biden said in front of hundreds of students.
The president said that racism “has long torn the United States apart” and that it is “a battle that never ends.”
Biden turned his appearance at the university into a campaign rally for the 2024 presidential election, in which he seeks to be re-elected to another four years in office.
Her main rival, former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), also has a rally scheduled this Saturday in Iowa, the same state visited by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who will soon formalize his campaign to clinch the nomination. expected to give. in the elections.
The Democratic president called for a rejection of the political violence he believes has been “incited” by Trump and the most extremist Republicans, who incited the attack on the Capitol. 2021.
Howard University and other African-American schools have received bomb alerts in recent years.
“Put democracy’s ballot in the ballot box to reject extremism and political violence,” cried the president.
He also urged the vote to “protect women’s fundamental rights” after several states banned abortion, taking advantage of the fact that the Supreme Court overturned constitutional protections of this right last year.
And he called for a vote to maintain free treatment for trans minors, which many states governed by Republicans are limiting, as well as to stop censorship of books with progressive views promoted by Wright.
Despite everything, Biden said he was optimistic about the future because today’s youth are “the most talented, tolerant and most well-prepared generation in the history of the United States”.