This week, Joe Biden traveled down to Georgia to push for the left’s drastic “voting rights” bills. These bills, if passed, would dramatically change our voting systems. Many critics worry that it would make stopping fraud impossible and give powerful Democrats an uneven advantage.
Biden did his best to sell these bills to a group of supporters in Atlanta. But plenty of people are commenting on his performance. It didn’t seem like Biden was able to win anyone over, not even folks on his own side. And Mitch McConnell had some strong words for old Joe.
From Fox News:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fired back at President Biden after the latter’s flawed election overhaul speech in Georgia on Tuesday, with the GOP leader saying the speech “undermines democracy.” The top Senate Republican said Biden “called millions of Americans his domestic enemies” in the speech and “shouted that if you disagree with him, you’re George Wallace.”
And, surprisingly, the Republican lawmaker was joined by an unlikely ally in dissecting Biden’s speech, liberal activist Al Sharpton. But Sharpton’s criticisms couldn’t have been more different.
From Fox News:
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton said President Biden’s emotionally charged address Tuesday didn’t seem like one intended to win support for sweeping Democratic election legislation, calling it a “you’re going to hell” speech…
“Now, in this particular case, dealing with my friend and brother Joe, if he was trying to get votes, it was not the vote-getting speech.”
McConnell and Sharpton both had strong criticisms of Joe Biden’s Atlanta speech. The liberal and the conservative had different reasons, however, for their complaints. But it all amounts to a disaster for Biden, who seems unable to connect with just about anyone.
McConnell blasted Biden for his divisive and insulting speech. He claimed that Biden said, essentially, that if you don’t support his radical bills, you are an “enemy” of our country. The Republican was particularly shocked that Biden slandered Americans who oppose his agenda, calling them “George Wallace” an infamous supporter of segregation.
The Republican leader refused to accept Biden’s claims, saying the speech and his agenda “undermine democracy.”
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Al Sharpton tried to sound supportive of Joe, at first. But even he had to admit the speech failed to get the votes he needed. He said this was a “you’re going to hell speech,” suggesting Biden wasn’t motivating people but simply condemning those he disagreed with.
Ironically, both men ended up commenting on the same theme. Biden’s speech attacked and shamed Americans, rather than motivated them. While McConnell and Sharpton are clearly on opposite sides of this issue, they both could see Biden’s failure. Biden needs these bills passed if his party is going to survive the midterm elections.
But he was unable to inspire anyone with his angry, accusatory comments. Biden is not a powerful speaker. He is not a good negotiator. And he certainly is not a figure anyone is willing to look up to. You have to wonder how he ended up where he is.