Once again CNN had on guest who when in doubt, played the race card.
CNN contributor Bakari Sellers compared Democrats who are opposed to ending the filibuster to those who were opposed to granting civil rights for African Americans in the sixties, AKA racists.
Sellers made the comments on CNN Tuesday after a report detailing the lack of support among Senate Democrats needed to change U.S. Senate regulations in order to push a voting rights act through Congress.
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“This is as clear as I can be, Jake, and Chris Coons is a friend of mine,” said Sellers to Jake Tapper.
“But if [Sens.] Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) want to be on the side of George Wallace, want to be on the side of Strom Thurmond, and many others who stood in the way of civil rights, even Strom Thurmond came around on voting rights, but if they want to go down in history as standing on the side of segregationists and those who opposed people who look like me having free and fair access to the ballot, then we will remember them as such,” he continued.
“This is that type of moment and this is the urgency we have to have!” Sellers concluded.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) doubled down Tuesday on his support for the filibuster as President Biden heads to Georgia to publicly push for changes to the Senate rule in order to pass voting rights legislation.
“We need some good rules changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better,” Manchin told reporters.
Given support from Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) for the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes for most bills to advance in the Senate, Democrats acknowledge that getting rid of it altogether isn’t on the table.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who supports a talking filibuster, didn’t commit on Tuesday to using the nuclear option. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) also hasn’t endorsed a specific rules change proposal, telling reporters on Monday that he would wait to see the specifics.
Sellers’ comments were prompted by a speech from President Joe Biden in which he fully endorsed a carve-out for ending filibuster rules for the voting legislation endorsed by Democrats but opposed by Republicans.
CNN anchor Kasie Hunt opined in a tweet that Biden was too weak in the polls to be able to influence any senator to change their vote on the filibuster.
“President Joe Biden, freshly elected, changing his position on the filibuster might have moved the needle in the Senate,” she tweeted.
President Joe Biden, freshly elected, changing his position on the filibuster might have moved the needle in the Senate
It’s a much steeper climb now, as his approval rating downward trend clearly shows
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 11, 2022
“Might have,” she emphasized. “It’s a much steeper climb now, as his approval rating downward trend clearly shows.”
Abby Phillips, another CNN anchor, called Biden’s comments “too little, too late,” and said that congressional sources indicated that Biden had not moved the needle at all toward the rule change among Democrats or Republicans.
As a conservative, I have taken solace in the steadfastness of Senator Manchin who, by himself, can stop the Biden administration from moving forward on any of their radical legislation, some already sitting in the U.S. Senate, stalled.
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