The White House mocked Republican congressmen on Wednesday who criticized President Joe Biden’s speech in which he slammed the Senate for blocking bills that would federalize state and local elections.
“I know there have been a lot of allegations about the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is amusing on many levels,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, pointing to Republican silence during former President Donald Trump’s presidency.
During his speech Wednesday, Biden, a former senator, accused Republican and even some Democratic senators who have sided with racists by refusing to vote for Democrat-led bills that would federalize election laws.
Late. Mitt Romney complained Wednesday that Biden “accused a number of my good and principled colleagues in the Senate of having sinister, even racist tendencies” and said the president was not interested in “uniting the country” with that kind of rhetoric.
Romney said Biden traveled “the same tragic path that President Trump took, casting doubt on the reliability of U.S. elections.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described Biden’s speech as a “shout” that was “wrong, incoherent and under his office.”
“This institution was constructed as a firewall against exactly this kind of rage and false hysteria,” McConnell said. “It’s up to the Senate to put America on a better track.”
Psaki admitted that Biden’s speech “clearly hit a nerve”, but pointed to Republican support for electoral integrity laws as proof that they were against the right to vote.
“For us and for the president, what’s more irresponsible, inappropriate and divisive is the coordinated effort of too many Republicans is to hold on to the big lie and make it harder to vote,” she said.