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Joe Biden shouted at reporters late on Thursday about “election subversion” and states across the country passing election integrity laws.
During a bizarre meltdown on Capitol Hill, Biden was asked about Democrat Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema effectively ending Democrats’ chances of ending the filibuster in the Senate so they can pass their “election reform” bill.
“You all ask questions about complicated subjects like ‘can you get this done.’ I hope we can get this done. The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done. Is this mic on? I guess — anyway — I’m not sure — anyway, I hope we can get this done, but I’m not sure,” Biden declared.
“But one thing for certain, one thing for certain, like every other major Civil Rights bill that came along,” Biden continued, “If we miss the first time, we can come back and try the second time. We missed this time. We missed this time.”
Biden then attacked the state legislatures for passing election integrity bills.
“The state legislative bodies continue to change the law, not as to who can vote, but who gets to count the vote. Count the vote! Count the vote! It’s about election subversion! Not just whether or not people get to vote!” Biden shouted.
“Who counts the vote!” he said again. “That’s what this is about, that’s what makes this so different than anything else we’ve ever done.”
“I don’t know that we can get it done, but I know one thing. As long as I have a breath in me, as long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all, I’m going to be fighting to change the way these legislatures have moving [sic], thank you,” he concluded.
Earlier on Thursday, Sinema said that she is not going to vote to change the filibuster rules.
The senator appeared to be annoyed that she has had to state her position on it again as she has done so many times and it has never changed.
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” she said. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues,” she said.
The senator confirmed that she does still support the voting bills that Democrats want to pass, but she is not willing to change the rules during the game just to get what she wants.
“While I continue to support these bills I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” she said.
BREAKING: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema praises proposed voting rights bills but reiterates support for filibuster rule, saying "I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country." https://t.co/ihVuth6xKF pic.twitter.com/GVNP9wBLYe
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2022
This is a direct response to Biden and Harris’ pressure campaign and Sinema shoved back just as hard.