Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into President Biden’s Georgia speech on the Democratic push for voting rights laws, calling it “profoundly unpresidential.”
In a scathing deal with on the Senate flooring, the Kentucky Republican accused Biden of calling hundreds of thousands of Americans “domestic enemies” whereas evaluating “a bipartisan majority of senators to literal traitors.”
“How profoundly, profoundly unpresidential,” McConnell mentioned. “Look, I’ve known, liked, and personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at that podium yesterday.”
McConnell mentioned Biden’s speech was a “rant,” “incoherent,” “incorrect,” “beneath his office” and “unbecoming of a president of the United States.” He pointed to Biden’s inaugural deal with final January by which the newly sworn-in president mentioned “every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war.”
“That was just 12 months ago. But yesterday, he poured a giant can of gasoline on the fire,” the senator mentioned, later including that Biden mentioned “anyone who opposes smashing the Senate and letting Democrats rewrite election law is a domestic ‘enemy’ and a traitor like Jefferson Davis.”
During Biden’s speech, he likened supporters of the voting rights invoice to civil rights icons and foes to segregationists and Confederate chief Davis.
“At consequential moments in history, they present a choice,” mentioned Biden in his speech. “Do you want to be the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”
“The sitting president of the United States compared American states to totalitarian states. He said our country will be an autocracy if he does not get his way, if he does not get his way. So the world saw our commander-in-chief propagandize against his own country, his own country in a way that would have made Pravda blush,” McConnell continued, referring to the previous Soviet Union propaganda newspaper.
McConnell repeatedly known as Biden’s Tuesday speech a “rant,” including that it was “designed to pull our country apart,” and “undermines our democracy.”
He cited that whereas the president blasted Georgia’s strict voting legal guidelines, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents to not depart their properties and not using a photograph ID and vaccine card.
He additionally highlighted that the Peach State has extra early days of voting than New York and Delaware — each Democrat-run states. Georgia starts early voting on the fourth Monday earlier than the election or runoff, whereas New York and Delaware solely permit for 10 days of early voting. Additionally, Delaware’s early voting was not in impact till this 12 months.
“The story is that democracy is on death’s door. But he spent nine months chasing a reckless taxing and spending spree before addressing it. It must not be that much of an emergency,” McConnell mentioned, referring to the $2 trillion Build Back Better spending laws caught within the Senate.
As Senate Democrats look to push ahead two main voting rights payments, Democratic management has floated eliminating the filibuster to take action — one thing Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have spoken out towards previously.
On Tuesday, Biden endorsed eliminating the congressional process, claiming “the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills, debate them, vote, let the majority prevail.”
“And if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules, including getting rid of the filibuster for this,” Biden continued.
McConnell slammed these remarks, calling the president’s deal with an “advertisement” for the filibuster.
“You could not invent a better advertisement for the legislative filibuster than what we’re just seeing, a president abandoning rational persuasion for pure, pure demagoguery,” the Republican mentioned.
“A president shouting that 52 senators and millions of Americans are racist unless he gets whatever he wants is proving exactly why the framers built the Senate to check his power,” he added.
“This whole display is the best possible argument for preserving, preserving the Senate rules that extend deliberation, force bipartisan compromise, and let cooler heads prevail,” McConnell continued, including that it’s a “perfect case study” of why then-Sen. Biden was proper concerning the filibuster whereas President Biden is unsuitable.
In 2005, then-Sen. Biden was very vocal in his assist of the filibuster, calling makes an attempt to remove it “an example of the arrogance of power.” Biden has repeatedly spoken in assist, or voted in favor of the filibuster a number of instances since then, solely altering his tune on the finish of 2021.