Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell has called out President Joe Biden’s speech pushing for the Senate to change its filibuster rules to pass voting and elections legislation, saying it was a “rant,” “incoherent,” “incorrect,” “beneath his office” and “unbecoming of a President of the United States.”
Biden in Georgia on Tuesday, January 11, called supporters of the Republican Senate rule changes to civil rights icons and opponents of the changes to segregationists and a leader of the Confederacy.
“At consequential moments in history, they present a choice,” said 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?”
Filibuster rules are rules in the Senate that require 60 percent of the senators to agree on a legislation before it is passed.
Many Democratic senators want to change the filibuster rules in order to pass legislation expanding access to the ballot box. In the last year, 19 states passed 34 laws that restrict voting in some way. The laws limit voter turn out and minority races from voting without the right credentials.