Biden: Tougher abortion laws “just ridiculous”

Biden: Tougher abortion laws “just ridiculous”

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  • US President Biden answered the questions on a late-night talk show by moderator Jimmy Kimmel. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP/dpa/Archive

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Joe Biden has appeared on a late-night talk show for the first time since taking office. The conversation with Jimmy Kimmel was about gun ownership, abortion – and his predecessor Donald Trump.

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US President Joe Biden lashed out at his predecessor Donald Trump in his first appearance on a late-night talk show since taking office a year and a half ago.

When moderator Jimmy Kimmel asked why he wasn’t issuing executive orders on crackdown on gun violence, Biden responded Wednesday night (Local time): “I do not wish to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and constitutional powers.”

Gun violence and gun laws

In the US has a number fatal incidents involving firearms has reignited the debate about tightening gun laws. In late May, a 18-year-old killed with an assault rifle at an elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde children and two teachers. Democrat Biden said he’s often asked why he’s playing by the rules when Republicans aren’t. His answer: “If we do the same as they do, our democracy would literally be in danger.”

On the talk show, Biden described the imminent tightening of abortion laws in the USA as “simply ridiculous”. “I don’t think the country will take that. We have to make sure we pass a law that makes it law.” He is also considering executive orders. There is no national law in the United States that allows or prohibits abortion.

In early May, a draft Supreme Court ruling calling for the overturning of the liberal abortion law was leaked. The Supreme Court confirmed the authenticity, but stressed that it was not the final decision. Since Trump’s tenure, six of the nine judges have been considered conservative. The verdict is expected in the coming weeks. The Democrats are threatened with losing their narrow majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives in November’s election. (dpa)

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