Mitch McConnell Goes on Angry Rant Threatening Democrats if They Dare to Ax the Filibuster
If you need proof that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is unhappy about being demoted from Majority Leader, maybe this will do the trick: He’s now saying that Republicans will adopt a “scorched-Earth” policy if Democrats bypass the filibuster to pass voting rights measures, Raw Story reports.
McConnell announced this after Stacey Abrams, a particularly influential Democrat, said she supported a filibuster exception for voting rights measures.
This apparently put McConnell in a feisty mood and he snapped:
“Some Democrats believe this would be a tidy trade-off if they could just break the rules on a razor-thin majority,” he said. “That’s not what would happen. So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a scorched-Earth Senate would look like.”
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Then he took on a more ominous tone:
“Everything Senate Democrats did to Bush and Trump, everything the Republican Senate did to President Obama would be child’s play compared to the disaster the Democrats would create for their own priorities if they break the Senate,” McConnell said. “Even the most basic aspects of our colleague’s agenda, the most mundane tasks of the Biden presidency would actually be harder — not easier — for Democrats in a post-nuclear Senate.”
Earlier this month, the Democrats passed HR 1, a landmark piece of legislation, a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights reforms measure that creates a national system for automatic voter registration, creates transparency requirements for political advertising, and institutes non-partisan dedicated to redistricting commissions to stop partisan gerrymandering.
These are all things Republicans seem to be deadset against. They have long opposed simplifying voter registration, for instance, and anyone with half a brain knows how much they love gerrymandering to give themselves the advantage during election season.
McConnell tried to wrap that up with a pretty bow by referring to things that look nice on paper but are actually really, really bad if the GOP regains control.
“As soon as Republicans wound up back in the saddle, we wouldn’t just erase every liberal change that hurt the country, we’d strengthen America with all kinds of conservative policies with zero input from the other side,” McConnell maintained. “How about this? Nationwide right-to-work for working Americans. Defunding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities on day one. A whole new era of domestic energy production. Sweeping new protections for conscience and the right to life of the unborn. Concealed carry reciprocity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Massive hardening of security on the southern border.”
By their very nature, right-to-work laws are in fact dangerous for American workers, notes The Washington Post.
“So-called right-to-work laws have always been sold as all-American protections of individual freedoms. But they are, in fact, dangerous, confusing restrictions on Americans’ basic rights on the job. These statutes empower employers by undermining workers’ rights to organize and rolling back the gains — better wages, working conditions and hours — that unions fought to secure.”
As for defunding Planned Parenthood, this organization is a lifeline for many poor families who rely on its services because it provides essential healthcare that go far beyond abortion. The agency provides STD screening, pregnancy testing, sex education programs, family planning and other healthcare programs. In other words it’s not just about abortion. Obviously defunding Planned Parenthood is going to hurt, not help a lot of Americans.
Do I really need to go on? Quite obviously McConnell and his sorry lot are only concerned about a woman’s reproductive rights is if that woman is planning an abortion.
McConnell is the worst form of hypocrite — he makes a situation sound okay when it’s actually, really very harmful.
Watch him in action in the video below.