Democratic South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn appeared on “This Week” Sunday and defended President Joe Biden’s speech in Atlanta on voting laws, stating that it did not go too far and was not unpresidential, despite serious pushback from all sides for it’s divisive language.
When asked whether he felt Biden’s fierce tone was counterproductive, Clyburn replied, “Absolutely not,” rejecting Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin’s assessment that Biden had gone “a little too far” comparing lawmakers to segregationists.
“This is Jim Crow 2.0. That was one of the strongest points of the president’s speech that I agree with. So, this whole notion, when you walk around and no one has ever discriminated against you because of your skin color or you have never had to worry about having your vote counted, you can have those kinds of statements. But you’re talking to one who knows a different history in this country. And that’s exactly what these laws are, Jim Crow 2.0.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected Biden’s speech calling it “profoundly unpresidential” and divisive. “Twelve months ago, this president said we should see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors. Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic enemies. Twelve months ago, the president called on Americans to join forces, stop the shouting, lower the temperature. But yesterday, he shouted that if you disagree with him, you’re George Wallace. George Wallace,” McConnell stated.
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