Two days after President Biden declared that people who opposed him on abolishing the filibuster and/or federalizing elections were racists, Senate Democrats blocked Sen. Ted Cruz’s sanctions bill against Nord Stream 2 by using the filibuster.
Democrat “leaders” including President Joe Biden, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and former President Barack Obama have been on a coordinated campaign for months now to get Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to change their minds and stand with them on eliminating the filibuster so they can ram through radical bills like one that would federalize our elections and make it easier for voter/election fraud to happen.
One of the primary weapons in their arsenal has been to label the filibuster and the use of it “racist,” or as Obama put it in 2020, “a Jim Crow relic” that needs to be abolished – comments Joe Biden echoed in 2021.
Here are some recent examples of similar rhetoric from other Democrat politicians:
Bipartisanship is not the goal—that is an empty talking point.
The goal is justice.
Abolish the Jim Crow filibuster & protect our voting rights.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 12, 2022
The filibuster is a Jim Crow relic.
It’s time to end it and save our democracy.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 12, 2022
Every senator swore an oath to defend the Constitution—not to protect a procedural rule like the filibuster, which has been a tool of racial segregation and Jim Crow.
When the Senate rules block voting rights legislation, then those Senate rules must change.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 13, 2022
The Senate’s filibuster was primarily utilized in the Jim Crow Era to obstruct civil and voting rights legislation, and it’s being used again in precisely the same way. pic.twitter.com/3ty5VqXtSx
— Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) January 12, 2022
Voting rights are under attack across the country. It’s time to choose: the filibuster or democracy. We cannot allow a relic of the Jim Crow era to stand in the way of Congress upholding its most basic constitutional responsibilities. #AbolishTheFilibuster
— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) January 14, 2022
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 12, 2022
From 1917 to 1994, half of all bills that were successfully filibustered in the Senate were civil rights legislation.
We can’t let a Jim Crow era relic stop progress. We must abolish the filibuster and strengthen voting rights to protect our democracy.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) January 11, 2022
Does the filibuster help or hinder our experiment in self governance? We know the answer.
It’s time to end the Jim Crow filibuster and ensure the right to vote. Period.
— Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (@malcolmkenyatta) January 11, 2022
Earlier this week during a speech in Georgia, we saw perhaps the most aggressive push yet from Biden to get the two Democratic holdouts on board, shocking some political observers who apparently don’t know Biden’s history very well by suggesting that anyone who disagreed with him on changing the Senate rules on the filibuster and/or regarding election reform were no better than racist Democrats of the past including Bull Connor, George Wallace, and Jefferson Davis.
“I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered?” Biden rhetorically asked at the time. “Do you want to be on 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? This is the moment to decide. To defend our elections. To defend our democracy.”
Two days later, however, the same Democratic party that has flip-flopped on their previous defenses of the filibuster and who are now routinely painting it as a tool only racists would utilize turned around and used that very tool to block a bill proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz that would impose sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2:
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to slap sanctions on businesses tied to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a win for the Biden administration, which believes such sanctions could damage relations with Germany.
Senators voted 55-44 on Cruz’s legislation, falling short of the 60 votes needed for it to pass. Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Mark Kelly (Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (Nev.) and Raphael Warnock (Ga.) joined every Republican save Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in voting for the bill.
55-44:Senate defeats Senator Ted Cruz's Russia Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions bill.60 votes were needed. 6 Democrats Baldwin, Cortez Masto, Hassan, Kelly, Rosen & Warnock voted Yes w/all Republicans except Paul.Schatz has COVID & missed vote,which was held open for nearly 7hrs. pic.twitter.com/aJ0jQkn3mH
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 14, 2022
Understandably, Cruz called ’em out:
This really epitomizes the Democrat Party’s hypocrisy:
While Schumer and the Democrats race to eliminate the filibuster so they can ram through their partisan electoral power grab, they used those same filibuster margins to protect Russia from sanctions.https://t.co/FZ52tOLseq
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 14, 2022
On a related note, in 2020 alone, Senate Democrats abused the filibuster 327 times to block Republican/Trump agenda items. Republicans used it once.
This tweet sums things up for Democrats rather nicely on this issue, I think:
Seriously, you can’t make this up. The same week Biden delivers a factless, angry, dishonest rant in Georgia to announce his flip-flop on the filibuster, Democrats effectively filibustered sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. pic.twitter.com/1uU1dQ2lV6
— NCGOP (@NCGOP) January 14, 2022
Indeed, you couldn’t make it up if you tried. You just couldn’t.
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