Jan 12, 2022 - Politics & Policy

McConnell: Biden's voting rights speech "profoundly unpresidential"

Photo of Joe Biden speaking on the left and Mitch McConnell on the right
President Biden (left) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photos: Anna Moneymaker (left) and Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Senate floor Wednesday slammed President Biden's voting rights speech, calling it "divisive" and "profoundly unpresidential."

Why it matters: In his Tuesday remarks in Atlanta, Biden backed changing the filibuster to ensure voting rights are protected, and blasted Senate Republicans for blocking action on the issue.

What he's saying: "The President’s rant yesterday was incorrect, incoherent and beneath his office," McConnell said, claiming Democrats are attempting to fearmonger.

  • The "deliberately divisive speech ... was designed to pull our country further apart," he added. "How profoundly unpresidential."
  • "Unfortunately, President Biden has rejected the better angels of our nature. So it is the Senate’s responsibility to protect the country."
  • "This institution was constructed as a firewall against exactly this kind of rage and false hysteria," McConnell said. "It falls to the Senate to put America on a better track. It falls to us."

What to watch: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said that the Senate will vote on rule changes to the filibuster by Jan. 17.

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