It’s not everyday you talk to the president, and Professor Eddie Glaude of Princeton tells The new abnormals Molly Jong-Fast that he wasn’t going to let the depth of the situation stop him from telling “the most powerful man in the world” that he had a chance “to usher in a new America”.
Glaude, specialist in Afro-American studies and host of the The story is us podcast, said Americans must speak out for democracy or risk seeing the country roll back.
“What I witnessed during President Biden‘s first term is that our problem in this country runs much deeper than just the illiberalism of the Republican Party or the violence of Trumpism. It cuts much deeper than that. It goes all the way to the Democratic Party, to ordinary people who are willing to be complicit in their silence. So we have so much more to do if we are to save the Republic,” he said.
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“I have seen the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act languish in Congress. I watched the attack on Critical Race Theory. I watched the “Don’t Say Gay” laws, I saw Roe V Wade about to be overthrown, and I saw that it was really an all-out assault on the mid-twentieth century revolutions. That we wanted to go back, that there was this nostalgic longing, and, of course, at the center of it was the January 6 insurrection and you heard “Stop the Steal” and you know, “we are going to take back our country.'”
“[Biden] was the first vice president of the first African American president, he is the first president to have the first African American vice president. He could usher in a new America, change the country’s center of gravity, if he dared to be bold.
“The scale of the problems we face require a large-scale response,” he said.
Additionally, Beast contributor Francisco Alvarado joins the group to talk about his reporting on an ongoing petition in Nebraska to demand that people show proper identification when voting in elections. A police investigation has been launched following allegations that petition distributors fraudulently collected signatures. And who funds the voter identification campaign? None other than Marlene Ricketts, billionaire co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and mother of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
“She donated $376,000 in July of last year and that’s basically what the [voter ID] The committee has been running and running all this time,” Alvarado said.
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