McConnell calls Biden’s voting speech ‘fake rage and hysteria’

McConnell said the comments were “incoherent, inaccurate, and inappropriate for his office.”

As President Joe Biden prepared to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to rally Senate Democrats on election reform, an apparently angry Republican leader Mitch McConnell protested Wednesday, saying that he didn’t recognize the man who gave a fiery speech in Georgia about voting rights. One day before.

McConnell described Biden’s speech – in which the president urged the Senate to change its rules by “any way they need to be changed” to pass Democratic voting bills – was “in a profoundly, profoundly, non-presidential way”, considered a “rant” comment that was “incoherent, inaccurate and below his office.”

Kentucky Republicans repeatedly take issue with Biden linking Republicans to Jim Crow-era laws for standing in the way of electoral reform, as at least 19 GOP-led states passed legislation in the last year that experts say at the Brennan Justice Center for that limited. voting rights.

“Do we have a sitting president – a sitting president – inciting the Civil War, shouting totalitarianism and labeling millions of Americans as his domestic enemies?” McConnell said. “Yesterday, he poured a huge can of gasoline on the fire.”

Biden, a day earlier in Atlanta, had strongly voiced his support for changing the Senate’s filtering rules so Democrats could pass two key voting bills that had stalled in the Senate.

“Nowhere does the Constitution give minorities the right to unilaterally block legislation,” Biden said. “The American people have waited long enough. The Senate must act.”

McConnell, in turn, concluded his floor speech on Wednesday by pleading with his colleagues — including an indirect call to Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who he proposed a change of party – that they must preserve tradition in the Senate.

“Unfortunately, President Biden rejected ‘the better angels in our nature.’ So the Senate has a responsibility to protect the country.This institution is built as a bulwark against exactly – exactly the kind of rage and false hysteria we’ve seen on screens today yesterday,” McConnell said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised to move forward with a vote fight on the Democratic ballot law as soon as Wednesday.

The Democratic leader met Tuesday night with Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema – another Democrat who has not committed to making a fix but says she supports electoral reform – and then with Manchin on Wednesday morning for about an hour as he navigates a way to push through Biden’s agenda.

While acknowledging that he likely doesn’t have the votes to move the bills forward, Schumer said he wants to force a vote to put the senators on the record to let the Americans – and the calendar history – where they stand on what the Democrats call important. democracy.

A recorded vote on those bills could be seen as the first move towards another vote on changing or removing opposition in the measures, which is likely to fall on Monday. due to the symbolism of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Ahead of a visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday, Biden in Atlanta on Tuesday attempted to shame 16 sitting Republicans who voted to extend the former Voting Rights Act – in favor of the right to vote. vote now.

“Not a single Republican has shown the courage to stand up to a defeated president to defend America’s right to vote, not a single person,” he said. “Not one.”

While Biden, who has served in Congress for 36 years, has defended opposition in the past, he has changed his stance on electoral reform, saying on Tuesday that some senators did not. authorized to block the voting rights actions of all Americans.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mcconnell-blasts-bidens-voting-rights-speech-rage-false/story?id=82227148 McConnell calls Biden’s voting speech ‘fake rage and hysteria’

Emma Bowman

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