Senator Elizabeth Warren seemed confused about the meaning of the words ‘filibuster’ and ‘minority’ as she angrily condemned failure of the passage of a Democrat abortion bill using alternative facts.
Democrats, as you may be aware, scheduled a vote on the bill to expand abortion and ‘codify’ them into federal law on Wednesday.
The bill failed, having been voted down by a bipartisan majority of 51-49, thanks to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joining Republicans in opposition.
Warren, speaking with CNN correspondent Manu Raju, railed that the vote was an affront to democracy, suggested the minority party controlled the vote, and blamed the filibuster.
“I believe in democracy, and I don’t believe the minority should have the ability to block things that the majority wants to do,” Warren (D-MA) said. “That’s not in the Constitution.”
“What we’re talking about right now are the individual rights and liberties of half the population of the United States of America,” she continued. “I think that’s enough to say it’s time to get rid of the filibuster.”
The problem is, all of that is false.
.@SenWarren: “I believe in democracy, and I don’t believe the minority should have the ability to block things that the majority wants to do. That’s not in the Constitution. […] It’s time to get rid of the filibuster.” https://t.co/2tBTIfvv2q pic.twitter.com/UwZuKxrotg
— The Hill (@thehill) May 11, 2022
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Elizabeth Warren Rails Against the Filibuster and Minority, Neither of Which Came Into Play
There are, of course, a couple of fatal flaws with Elizabeth Warren’s response – chief among them involving the insinuation that the ‘minority’ in the Senate was able to kill the bill via the ‘filibuster.’
Neither of these things happened in reality.
The vote on the Democrat abortion bill failed to achieve majority support outright. Meaning that the filibuster – or need to secure 60 votes for passage – never came into play and certainly wasn’t used by the minority to block the majority party.
Oh, and one more thing – With Manchin’s vote, opposition to the bill was actually, by definition, bipartisan.
Missed it by that much, Senator Warren.
The bill only received 49 votes. That’s a minority. Raju stands there and lets her get away with this. https://t.co/A3OCnVuCPi
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 11, 2022
Warren wasn’t the only one failing to grasp the reality and facts behind the vote. The media repeated the disinformation as nauseam.
Raju perhaps didn’t provide any pushback to Warren’s comments, because he didn’t understand the process himself.
49-51, Senate Dems fall 11 votes shy of breaking a Republican-led filibuster to advance bill on abortion rights. Manchin the lone Democratic NO vote. No Republicans voted in the affirmative.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 11, 2022
Where is that so-called Disinformation Governance Board when you need them? Because the factless claim was echoed over and over again …
Republicans successfully filibuster the Dems’ abortion rights bill. Schumer says after that this is just the beginning of votes on this issue. https://t.co/7B1etauHoD
— Trish Turner (@caphilltrish) May 11, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats’ bill to write Roe v. Wade into law blocked by GOP-led filibuster as Supreme Court weighs abortion case.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 11, 2022
A Republican filibuster just blocked the Women’s Health Protection Act.
When future generations look back on this chapter, they will remember all of the senators who allowed our civil and human rights to be hijacked by a handful of senators who hid behind an arcane Senate rule.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) May 11, 2022
BREAKING: A Republican-led filibuster just blocked Democrats’ bill to codify Roe v. Wade into law, 49-51. The bill needed 60 votes to overcome the filibuster. As a reminder, the vast majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and want it to remain the law of the land.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) May 11, 2022
Why do they repeat the lie? Oh yes … because they can.
Warren’s Unhinged Rants
I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re not simply lying for the heck of it. So I came up with two reasons Elizabeth Warren may have misled about the filibuster and alleged minority control.
One – She has filibuster on the brain.
Warren has been invoking the filibuster for some time, pressing for its elimination in the wake of a draft opinion indicating the landmark Roe v. Wade decision may be overturned by the Supreme Court.
One of Warren’s strategies to fight back against the ‘extremist’ Supreme Court was to end the filibuster and vote for the aforementioned legislation making abortion the law of the land.
See, she thought by doing so, the bill would have actually passed because Democrats are in the majority.
End the filibuster. Codify #RoeVWade with a national law protecting abortion rights. Expand the Supreme Court. Stop this horrifying injustice in its tracks.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 3, 2022
Then there is reason number two – She really has gone off the reservation over this.
As evidenced by a recent video of her angrily denouncing the Supreme Court through a repeatedly cracking voice and perpetual finger-pointing.
I am angry because an extremist Supreme Court thinks they can impose their extremist views on all of the women of this country and they are wrong.
I have seen the world where abortion is illegal. We’re not going back—not now, not ever. pic.twitter.com/5lE8rCQz5U
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 3, 2022
She followed that performance with another angry tirade saying, “We’ve heard enough from the extremists! And we’re tired of it.”
Warren made these comments as she was leaving the protest, still visibly shaken, her body trembling with anger, short of breath.
Pro Life activists confront Elizabeth Warren directly to her FACE in front of the Supreme Court as she has hysterical MELTDOWN over abortionpic.twitter.com/g2JuMkqeqj
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 3, 2022
If you thought she was angry then, wait until Elizabeth Warren finds out the majority of Senators shot down the abortion bill making a Republican filibuster unnecessary.
Somebody is going to tell her, right?
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