Biden acknowledged that many Americans see disunity in the country
President Joe Biden, in a speech Monday to mark U.S. Independence Day, noted the country’s economic woes and that many of his fellow citizens see signs of disunity in the nation.
“Our economy is growing, but not painlessly. Freedom is threatened both here and abroad. In recent days, there have been reasons to believe that the country is moving into the past, that there is less freedom, that the rights we thought were guaranteed are no longer so.” Biden expressed confidence, however, that the U.S. “will get over it all.”
“I know that many Americans look around and see a divided country and are deeply concerned about that fact. I understand that. But I believe we are more united than divided,” Biden said.
The U.S. president did not specify what threats to freedom he was referring to. At the end of June, he heavily criticized a number of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Among them were the reversal of a nearly 50-year-old ruling which had guaranteed abortion rights for federal agencies and the unconstitutionality of some restrictions on carrying firearms.
In addition, Biden last week expressed dissatisfaction that the U.S. Supreme Court had limited the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set standards for greenhouse gas emissions from several types of power plants in the country. The American leader called the ruling “another devastating decision aimed at bringing the country back to the past.”