Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a scathing condemnation of President Joe Biden’s recent speech in Georgia, in which he promoted voting rights and changing the filibuster, calling it “divisive” and “profoundly unpresidential.”
McConnell began his remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday by recalling “12 months ago” when Biden promoted unity and “said we should ‘see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors.'”
“Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic ‘enemies,'” McConnell said. “How profoundly unpresidential.”
“Yesterday, with the world’s largest megaphone, he invoked the literal Civil War and said we are on the doorstep of autocracy. Talked about domestic enemies. Rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the United States,” McConnell said.
“The President’s rant yesterday was incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that the Senate will vote on rule changes to the filibuster by January 17. Biden is reportedly meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday to urge them once again to change the filibuster so they can pass voting rights legislation, according to The Hill.
But Democrats would need all 50 senators to pull that off, and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have repeatedly said they support the filibuster remaining intact.
Read a transcript of McConnell’s remarks here.