Clinton weighs in on Democratic push to end Senate filibuster

Ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, two-time Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton is weighing in on her party’s push for election reform.

In a tweet this week, the former U.S. senator from New York called for the Senate to end the filibuster to help pass a partisan so-called voting rights bill.

Biden compares GOP to segregationists

President Joe Biden echoed Clinton’s sentiment in a speech on Tuesday.

In his remarks, the president who campaigned on a promise to cool national tensions compared Republicans to infamous segregationists from the nation’s history.

“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?” Biden asked.

His speech represented the latest effort by Democrats to frame GOP efforts to buttress popular voter ID measures as a sinister campaign to stop minorities from voting.

Biden’s party has stepped up its cynical messaging with a series of references to the Civil Rights movement. For his part, the president chose King’s birthplace of Atlanta, Georgia, as the setting for his polemic.

“Adjust the rules to protect Americans’ right to vote”

Clinton invoked former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act, in her tweet calling for fundamental changes.

“It’s time Senate Democrats adjust the rules to protect Americans’ right to vote,” she tweeted.

Clinton and other prominent party leaders appear to be pretending that it is still 1965 to justify a partisan power grab. In response, Republicans complain that their Democratic colleagues are attempting to take over the election system with permanent, sweeping changes to the electoral system.

Thus far, Democrats have been unable to pass their preferred election reform measures through a narrowly divided Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has stood in his party’s way as leaders push to eradicate the filibuster. Former President Barack Obama and others are reportedly ramping up pressure on Manchin to reconsider his position.

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) plans to push for a vote on the filibuster issue prior to the King holiday next week. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) denounced Republican election reform efforts as a “legislative continuation” of last year’s riot on Capitol Hill.

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