President Trump has released a statement deriding Joe Biden’s speech this week in Atlanta on so-called “voting rights” that intended to advance Democrats’ legislation that would usurp the power of states to conduct elections.
Trump also noted in his statement the conspicuous absence of Stacey Abrams—who lost to current Republican governor Brian Kemp in 2018— from Biden’s Atlanta speech.
Trump wrote, “Stacey Abrams helped Biden steal the 2020 Election in Georgia but now she won’t even share a stage with Joe.”
The 45th president continued, “Stacey knows that Biden actually lost BIG in Georgia, and in the 2020 Presidential Election as a whole, and he’s been so terrible she now wants nothing to do with him. He concluded by saying, “Even the woke, radical left realizes that Joe Biden’s Administration is an embarrassment!”
Some pundits have suggested that the real reason that Abrams skipped Biden’s speech is because of Biden’s low approval rating in Georgia and that Abrams, who is considering a run for governor, wants to separate herself politically from Biden.
Biden denied that he was the reason for Abram’s absence and blamed it on a scheduling conflict. He told reporters that he “spoke with Stacey this morning. We have a great relationship. We got our scheduling mixed up. I talked to her at length this morning. We’re all on the same page and everything is fine.”
During his Tuesday speech in Atlanta, Biden pushed for a Democrat-led national voting law.
Biden told those in attendance, “I believe that the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills, debate them, vote, let the majority prevail.” Biden added, “and if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules including getting rid of the filibuster for this.”
However, ending the 60-voter filibuster is opposed by Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.
On Tuesday, Manchin told reporters, “We need some good rules changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better.”
Despite Manchin’s and Sinema’s lack of support for eliminating the legislative filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to push on and bring a rule change vote by Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.