Biden uses commencement address to appeal to black voters

United States President Joe Biden used a commencement address at Howard University to appeal to young black voters, offering a preview for how his campaign plans to regain waning enthusiasm from a key demographic, writes Emily Olson for NPR.

Speaking at the school’s 155th commencement ceremony on Saturday 13 May, the president echoed rhetoric from his 2020 campaign, characterising the current moment as a “battle for the soul of our nation” and calling on graduates to help lead the country into a new era of progress. “We’re living through one of the most consequential eras of our history with fundamental questions about the stake for our nation,” he told the crowd at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. “Who are we? What do we stand for? What do we believe? Who will we be? You’re going to help answer those questions.”

Biden also cast himself as the antidote to what he implied was a rising tolerance for racism, directly mentioning Donald Trump’s infamous characterisation of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as “very fine people on both sides”.
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