Former Obama adviser Axelrod: Biden's Atlanta speech rhetoric 'not very useful'

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Former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod added his name to the list of prominent Democrats critical of President Biden’s racially charged speech linking opponents of his party’s federal election overhaul bill to segregationists and Confederates.

“I don’t think the president’s rhetoric in Atlanta was particularly useful,” Axelrod, a CNN senior legal adviser said on Thursday. “There are real issues here and they shouldn’t be obscured by hyperbolic rhetoric.”

Axelrod was President Barack Obama’s senior adviser when Biden was Obama’s vice president.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 11, 2022. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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Axelrod’s comment comes days after President Biden accused opponents of the federal election overhaul bill of standing with prominent Democrat segregationists George Wallace and Bull Connor as well as Confederate President Jefferson Davis, also a Democrat.

“So I ask every elected official in America, how do you want to be remembered?” Biden said during remarks from the Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. “Do you want to be on

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