Joe Biden Says Muslims Will Serve ‘At Every Level’ of His Administration
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has pretty much resorted to pandering to everyone for votes.
While speaking to the group Muslim Advocates, Biden vowed Muslim Americans would be included in every social and political aspect of his administration if he were to win the election.
The former vice president also promised to push lawmakers for legislation to fight what he called a spike in hate crimes in the U.S.
"Today, trust is ebbing; hope seems elusive. Instead of healing, we're being ripped apart," Biden said. "And I refuse to let that happen. We have too bright a future to leave it shipwrecked on the shoals of anger and division."
"As president, I'll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society, honor your contributions and seek your ideas," the former vice president said. "My administration will look like America, Muslim Americans serving at every level."'
Muslims represent a small minority of the American electorate, with many of their communities being located in key swing states that Trump won by a small margin in 2016, including Michigan.
So, it's clear to most this is just Biden pandering for votes.
"We can't let anyone think their voices don't count because the American people decide this election and define our future, the American people - you," Biden said. "There's not a single thing we can't do if we do it together. So let's spread the faith; let's get to work."
NBC News noted a few months ago how Biden committed to having Muslim American voices in his administration should he win the White House in November.
At the time, a new committee began working toward screening candidates to fill those slots.
Emgage PAC announced it is coordinating the "Muslim American Executive Selection Committee," which it said will help to "identify, evaluate and endorse highly qualified Muslim American candidates for a potential Biden administration."
Speaking before Emgage's advocacy group, Emgage Action, Biden said at the time that he would be a president who "recognizes and honors" contributions of Muslim Americans in U.S. society.
"I'll be a president seeks out listens to corporate the ideas and concerns of Muslim Americans on everyday issues that matter most to our communities," he said. "That will include having Muslim American voices as part of my administration."
Biden also pledged to remove President Donald Trump's travel ban -- which involves several majority-Muslim nations that are largely faced with violence and terrorism -- on "day one" as president.
Back in June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the president of the United States can legally restrict immigration for national security purposes, which is what Trump has been doing.
In a 5-to-4 vote, the court ruled that the president’s power to secure the country’s borders, delegated by Congress over decades of immigration lawmaking, was not undermined by Trump’s history of statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to the United States.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Trump had ample statutory authority to make national security judgments in the realm of immigration.
“The issue before us is not whether to denounce the statements,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote. “It is instead the significance of those statements in reviewing a presidential directive, neutral on its face, addressing a matter within the core of executive responsibility.”
“In doing so,” he wrote, “we must consider not only the statements of a particular president but also the authority of the presidency itself.”
“This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country,” the president said in a statement issued by the White House soon after the decision was announced.
The opinion stated that Trump’s immigration restrictions fell “squarely” within the president’s authority.
The court rejected claims that the ban was motivated by religious discrimination and held that the president had the legal right to protect the nation from potential national security issues.
But Democrats are still trying to repeal the policy despite the SCOTUS already issuing their ruling nearly two years ago.