January 13, 2022
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was visibly irked on Wednesday afternoon when asked about Joe Biden comparing his political opponents to traitors and segregationists.
A report asked Psaki: “Senator Romney today basically said, I’ll use the exact quote, that the speech yesterday that the president gave was quote, ‘Going down the same track and road taken by President Trump,’ in casting a doubt on the reliability of American elections. Does the White House have a response to that?”
“With all due respect to Senator Romney, I think that anyone would note that there’s a night-and-day difference between fomenting an insurrection based on lies totally debunked by 80 judges, including Trump-appointed ones, and election authorities across the country and making objective, true statements, which is what the president made yesterday about the effects of a nationwide, coordinated effort to undermine the Constitutional right to vote,” she claimed.
“I know there has been a lot of claim of the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels given how many sat silently over the past four years for the former president,” Psaki went on. “But I would note that in our view and the president’s view what is far more offensive is the effort to suppress people’s basic right to exercise who they want to support and who they want to elect.”
“That’s not a partisan thing,” she said. “And that’s why he gave such a strong speech.”
Biden traveled to Georgia on Tuesday and drew immediate pushback from many — including Democrats — over his inflammatory remarks about voting in America.
His comments were even criticized by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), who admitted that Biden took it too far when he compared his political opponents to traitors and segregationists.
CNN host Jake Tapper asked Durbin during an interview: “Are there not legitimate reasons that a senator, a Democratic senator, might be concerned that changing the filibuster rule will set a horrible precedent that Republicans will exploit to do something like pass a nationwide abortion ban or something like that, without saying that Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin are like Bull Connor or Jefferson Davis?”
Durbin dodged by claiming Democrats should eliminate the Senate filibuster — which requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass legislation — in order to pass their leftist voting package.
Tapper held Durbin’s feet to the fire and asked: “But you’re comparing, or Biden is comparing, and you’re not criticizing, the idea of a legislator reducing the number of days for early voting from 15 to 10 or wanting voters to present a photo ID before they vote, you’re comparing that to Bull Connor, who literally set dogs upon civil rights protestors. George Wallace, who said segregation today, segregation forever, I’m paraphrasing, or Jefferson Davis, the president of the traitorous confederacy. I mean, isn’t that a little stark?”
Durbin finally admitted Biden’s took his rhetoric too far.
“It is stark. And I will concede that point,” Durbin agreed. “But don’t overlook the reality that in 20 different states governed and led by Republicans in legislature and in governorship, and each and every one of them, they are taking step by weary step to make sure that fewer Americans vote.”