President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Georgia this week to deliver speeches supporting the partisan Freedom to Vote Act.
Following their remarks in Atlanta on Tuesday, however, critics were quick to point out some apparently misleading claims used by Biden and Harris to support their position.
“His rhetoric is beyond disingenuous”
Beyond concerns about the accuracy of the information Biden and Harris presented, a number of Republicans denounced the president’s remarks as unnecessarily divisive.
“His rhetoric is beyond disingenuous,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). “As a Black southerner whose family lived through Jim Crow, it’s insulting.”
As the Daily Signal noted, the former U.S. senator had “staunchly defended the filibuster” throughout most of his career, but has increasingly “backed carving out an exception” in hopes of passing the controversial legislation proposed by his party.
Both the president and vice president claimed that GOP-backed election reform bills are essentially racist because of voter ID requirements and other efforts to make the nation’s elections more secure.
“A giant can of gasoline on the fire”
Biden attempted to explain his change of heart during Tuesday’s speech, insisting that increased partisan divisions have turned the filibuster into an impediment to positive change. He said that the “abuse of what was once a rarely used mechanism that is not in the Constitution has injured the body enormously, and its use to protect extreme attacks on the most basic constitutional right is abhorrent.”
The scathing remarks were apparently intended to make the case for ending the filibuster, but Biden’s critics noted that they actually seemed to point out his inability or unwillingness to stick to the facts.
Of course, a Washington Examiner fact-check of the speeches also found plenty of misleading or untrue statements in the vice president’s remarks, including her claim that a Georgia law “makes it illegal to help a voter with a disability vote by mail.”
Among Biden’s harshest critics was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who denounced the president’s use of Confederate and segregationist imagery to make his point.
“Yesterday, he poured a giant can of gasoline on the fire,” McConnell said on Wednesday in remarks from the Senate floor, according to ABC News.