White House vows to ‘use every tool at its disposal’ to counter election violence

The White House reiterated its commitment Wednesday to protecting “voting rights” and safeguarding election workers from threats of violence but did not specifically outline any new federal resources devoted to the topic heading into this year’s general election.

Since entering office, President Joe Biden has forcefully condemned violent rhetoric targeting election workers, including during recent campaign speeches in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. However, the president has thus far failed to shepherd voting rights legislation backed by many of his supporters through Congress.

LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Votes Matter, specifically warned Tuesday that “dog whistles” coming from elected officials and others, including former President Donald Trump, are leading to increased threats of violence ahead of the November election.

Asked about Brown’s comments Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that the “administration is going to
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