Politics MSNBC's Joy Reid Calls Out Kyrsten Sinema Over Voting Rights Act After John Lewis Tweet
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"Remember our constitution was set up to protect who?" Santorum said in a secretly taped video. "Minority rights. Not the majority rights."The video was posted Friday by Democratic activist Lauren Windsor, several days after posting another one showing a Texas GOP congressman saying he favored "18 months of chaos" until the 2022 midterms.
MSNBC host Joy Reid criticized Senatorover her position on voting rights, after the Arizona Democrat posted a tweet commemorating the late civil rights icon Democratic Representative John Lewis of Georgia.
Lewisat the age of 80 while still serving in the House of Representatives. As a young man, Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was first elected to in 1987, and was passionate about expanding access to voting and combating systemic racism in American society.
In long-awaited speech, Biden to decry voting restrictions
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will lay out the “moral case” for voting rights as he faces growing pressure from civil rights activists and other Democrats to combat efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. Biden has declared that protecting voting rights was the central cause of his presidency, but the White House has taken sharp criticism from allies for not doing more while contending with political headwinds and stubborn Senate math that have greatly restricted its ability to act.
"Our nation lost a civil rights giant one year ago today. John Lewis was a personal hero of mine—a man of principle and courage, who encapsulated all the qualities of a true leader. Rest in power, my dear friend," Sinema tweeted on Saturday, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the congressman's death.
But some, like Reid, were quick to call out Sinema's remarks. The Arizona Democrat has repeatedly voiced her opposition to ending the's legislative filibuster, which under the current makeup of the upper chamber of Congress all but guarantees key Democratic voting rights legislation will fail to pass.
John Lewis is indeed very much missed, Senator. And if he was indeed your dear friend, one would think you wouldn't stand back and allow the work of his life: voting rights and the Voting Rights Act he literally bled for, to die. Yet, here you are... https://t.co/6701IEBBML
Biden to make much-anticipated voting rights speech Tuesday in Philadelphia
"He will make the moral case to the American people on why the right to vote is fundamental to who we are as a nation," Psaki said. Previewing his remarks on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would directly call out lies from former President Donald Trump and other Republicans about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, and “decry efforts to strip the right to vote as authoritarian and anti-American.— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid ???? (@JoyAnnReid) July 18, 2021
"John Lewis is indeed very much missed, Senator. And if he was indeed your dear friend, one would think you wouldn't stand back and allow the work of his life: voting rights and the Voting Rights Act he literally bled for, to die. Yet, here you are..." Reid wrote, retweeting Sinema's post.
Fellowhost Mehdi Hasan shared similar criticism of the Arizona lawmaker.
"...says the woman still supporting the filibuster that is blocking a voting rights bill literally named after John Lewis," Hasan tweeted.
…says the woman still supporting the filibuster that is blocking a voting rights bill literally named after John Lewis. https://t.co/OmiSAF20Iq— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 17, 2021
Video: Biden touts Voting Rights Act (ABC News)
Reverend William Barber II, a prominent religious leader who co-chairs the Poor People's Campaign, slammed Sinema as well.
Democratic Rep. Beatty arrested while calling for Senate action on voting rights
Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, was arrested Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol while protesting in favor of voting rights legislation. Beatty, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was part of a small group urging the Senate to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, federal legislation that would curtail restrictions being set on voting and gerrymandering at the state level. Speaking on the Hill before her march into the Hart Senate Office Building, Beatty compared this moment to the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century, saying, “We might as well have the dogs and the hoses because we don’t have the Voting Rights Act, and that
"DON'T BE SHAMFUL,[sic] CLAIMING YOU HONOR JOHN LEWIS WHILE YOU BLOCK THE WORK HE STOOD FOR," Barber tweeted.
DON’T BE SHAMFUL, CLAIMING YOU HONOR JOHN LEWIS WHILE YOU BLOCK THE WORK HE STOOD FOR, @SenatorSinema. https://t.co/6crs3LYqXT— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) July 18, 2021
In June, Sinema voted with all 49 other members of the Senate's Democratic Caucus to advance the For the People Act, a significant piece of voting rights legislation that Presidentand Democratic leaders have emphasized is a key priority. But all 50 Senate voted against the bill, making it of the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster.
"I believe the right to vote, faith in the integrity of our electoral process, and trust in elected officials are critical to the health and vitality of our democracy," Sinema said in a statement about her vote at the time. "I am proud to support the For The People Act because it restores safeguards that protect every American's right to vote, reduces the influence of money in politics, secures our elections from foreign interference, and holds government officials to the highest ethical standards."
Our Civil Rights, and Biden's Legacy, are On the Line | Opinion
If President Joe Biden hopes to succeed with the agenda that the American people voted for and desperately need, he must abandon political caution and use all of the tools and power of the presidency to do what's right for Americans.President Joe Biden now faces his own civil rights fight. As states introduce hundreds of voter suppression bills targeting communities of color, and Senate Republicans stonewall the sweeping voting rights measure, Biden should push the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster and pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to save our democracy from Jim Crow 2.0.
Although most Democratic lawmakers have expressed support for ending the filibuster in a bid to push through more legislation without GOP buy-in, Sinema—along with Senatorof West Virginia— . The two moderate Democratic lawmakers argue that bipartisanship is valuable, defending their position. They also caution that ending the filibuster could be bad for if Republicans take back control of Congress in subsequent elections.
Newsweek reached out to Sinema's press representatives for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
Democrats Can’t Out-Organize a Gerrymander — or Outflank Joe Manchin .
Voting rights advocates shouldn’t expect Biden to do the impossible in Congress, while Biden should understand there are laws you cannot out-organize.A quiet divide between President Biden and the leaders of the voting rights movement burst into the open on Thursday, as 150 organizations urged him to use his political mettle to push for two expansive federal voting rights bills that would combat a Republican wave of balloting restrictions.