Al Sharpton went on MSNBC on Thursday to gush over Joe Biden, praising the president for his speech on voting rights in Philadelphia the day before.
Sharpton went so far as to say that Biden’s speech in which he likened recent GOP-led voting integrity laws to Jim Crow laws was “monumental.”
“I think he made … a monumental speech,” Sharpton declared. “For a president to stand there in the shadows of where they signed the Declaration of Independence and attack Jim Crow 21st century was something that I was not expecting.”
“And I also thought the fact that he did not, in any way, shape or form, duck the racial aspect of what we’re seeing in terms of the pushback by many states in coming with new restrictions,” he said. “That is where we are, but now what are we going to do about where we are?”
During this same appearance on “Morning Joe,” Sharpton doubled down on calling for a “workaround” for the filibuster to enact voting rights legislation.
“And I think that what he has got to do is, in a firm way, figure out how to work around the filibuster, if they will not end the filibuster,” he said.
“The question, the dilemma that he has, and the White House has, is do they have the votes to end the filibuster if they came out and joined us, and I certainly want to see it ended, but you need the votes in the Senate to even end it. So, can you do a workaround like you do on economic or fiscal policies?” he continued. “And I think that’s where he, being someone that’s been in the Senate for so long, can use his personal relationships.”
Sharpton had slammed the filibuster days before.
“I certainly support, and have been saying this for some time, that we must have a way that we raise the issue of voting around the filibuster,” Sharpton said. “Filibuster should not stand in the way of democracy, should not stand in the way of our constitutional rights.”
“I said to the president, along with my seven colleagues that lead national civil rights organizations, that he ought to take that position,” he continued. “I do not know what he will say today, but we certainly encourage him to speak forcefully.”
“If he talks history, if he talks about, we’ve been here before, and what we had to do to get past that, I think that’s a good thing,” Sharpton said. “If he also deals with the fact that we need to have a workaround a filibuster, I think that will be a great thing. I intend to be there to hear what he has to say. I’m glad he’s speaking up, though.”
This piece was written by James Samson on July 16, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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