Former President Barack Obama spoke out on politics again on Monday, claiming that voting rights reform must be passed by Congress before the 2022 midterm elections, or American democracy will be jeopardized.
“We can’t wait until the next election because if we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought us to Jan. 6, if we have that for a couple more election cycles, we’re going to have real problems in terms of our democracy long-term,” Obama said during a conference call with grassroots supporters alongside his former Attorney General Eric Holder.
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Obama went on to say that the discussion for the People Act, a voting rights measure, was worth it for him to join in political debate, despite the fact that previous presidents rarely do so.
According to The Hill, Obama stated, “I’ve tried to make a policy not to weigh in on the day-to-day drama in Washington since I left office.” “However, what is happening this week is more than just a political measure being brought up for a vote or not being brought up for a vote.”
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The more panicked he becomes, the better for us. If they can’t keep the “cheat train” moving, Obama knows 2022 will be a wash.
Currently, the bill does not have enough support to overcome a filibuster, which would necessitate the cooperation of ten Republican senators. At this moment, no Republican senator has shown support for the bill.
Despite revisions made to the bill at the behest of Senator Joe Manchin (W.VA), the most conservative lefty in Congress, Democrats are still trying to push it through.
“The most conservative Democrat in the Senate, or maybe in Congress — Joe Manchin of West Virginia — to come up with common-sense improvements that a majority of Americans agree with, that Democrats and Republicans can agree with,” Obama said of the revisions to the plan.
Holder, who is now head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said, “Despite what you may have heard, we believe there is a route forward for this law to get passed.” He made no mention of what this route forward might entail.
Later in the conversation, Obama took aim at the filibuster, which he claims is unconstitutional and “allows a determined minority of senators to stall legislation that the great majority of Americans support.”