‘All women’: Biden draws mixed reviews for altering phrase in founding document

President Joe Biden has faced accusations of undermining the nation’s laws and founding documents with his policies on issues like immigration and federal spending.

This week, he directly altered the words of the Declaration of Independence, symbolically adding “women” to the equation.

“Not unlike many of your documents”

According to Fox News, Biden’s remarks came during his opening remarks at the Democracy Summit on Thursday.

The White House gathered roughly 100 world leaders for the virtual event, which Biden said would hopefully “make our democracies better” in the long run.

“American democracy is an ongoing struggle to live up to our highest ideals and to heal our divisions, to recommit ourselves to the founding idea of our nation captured in our Declaration of Independence, not unlike many of your documents,” the president said, according to Fox.

Although he appeared to be quoting directly from the document, Biden recited: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women and men are created equal endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

While his nod to gender equality might have resonated in some parts of the country, Biden’s critics called him out for changing the founders’ words.

President’s popularity plunges

A number of negative responses asserted that Biden’s decision to include “women” into the declaration was a tacit implication that the nation’s founding fathers excluded them.

Other social media users pointed out that the English language has historically used “men” as a gender-neutral reference to the general population, which was the clear intent in the Declaration of Independence.

As for the Democracy Summit at which Biden delivered his remarks, plenty of social media critics took issue with its name. After all, they argued, the United States is a republic with a representative government rather than a direct democracy.

All in all, it appears that Biden did not score any major wins with the virtual conference and his reassuring words are unlikely to reverse his declining popularity and rising economic uncertainty.

A new CNBC poll found that his approval rating on economic matters has tanked with a whopping 56% disapproval compared to 37% approval. His rating overall in that poll was also underwater, as virtually every major poll has reflected in recent weeks.

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