UPDATED 1:25 PM PT – Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Joe Biden flip-flopped on his filibuster stance in his speech promoting Democrat election laws in Atlanta, Georgia. On Tuesday, he called on Democrats in the upper chamber to change the longstanding practice, so they can jam through their partisan election bills.
Biden had previously stated, “ending the filibuster is a very dangerous thing to do.” He also said, “it raises problems that are more damaging than the problems that exist.”
This comes as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to kill the practice if Republicans don’t give in to their demands. Biden added, his calls aim to circumvent GOP opposition.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) commented on Biden’s push to pass major voting reform that aims to federalize U.S. elections. He went on to say the For the People Act would make it federal law to allow ballot harvesting, same day voter registration among other detrimental practices.
The Democrats don’t care about riots or voting rights
This is all about power
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 12, 2022
Rubio warned the measure would reduce confidence in election results and open the gates for Democrat-backed lawyers to insert themselves into the process.
The Biden administration has named election reform as its top priority with Biden saying the supposed threat to democracy is so grave that Democrats should be allowed to make the decision alone.
“As an institutionalist, I believe the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass the Voting Rights bill,” he stated. “Debate them, vote, let the majority prevail.”
However, the legislation will face an uphill battle in the upper chamber as even Sen. Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), both Democrats, have pledged not to support the move.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pleads with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) & Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) not to change filibuster rules to pass voting rights bills:
“This effort to change the Senate rules … will destroy America over time … I’m hoping [they] hold, God bless them if they do.” pic.twitter.com/tbJPfKDCgD
— The Recount (@therecount) January 10, 2022
Some critics are pointing to Democrat activist Stacey Abrams absence from Biden’s speech in Atlanta as a precursor to the voting bills failing in Congress. However, Biden is blaming scheduling conflicts as the reason behind Abrams not appearing at the event.
This comes amid a trend of Democrat candidates distancing themselves from the increasingly unpopular Biden-Harris administration. Some political scientists say Abrams may have distanced herself to avoid backlash from progressives. Abrams is running for governor of Georgia this year, but analysts say a presidential bid in 2024 is looking increasingly likely.
The 45th president weighed in, saying Abrams helped Biden steal the 2020 election in Georgia, but now she’s distancing herself from his administration. Donald Trump stressed Abrams knows Biden lost big in Georgia and in the 2020 election as a whole. He pointed out even the “woke” radical-left now understands that Biden is a complete embarrassment.