Sen. Raphael Warnock Denounces 'Dangerous' Voter Suppression, Filibuster Hypocrisy

Written by on June 22, 2021

In an impassioned speech delivered on the Senate flooring Tuesday, Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defended voting rights, denounced Republicans’ widespread voter suppression efforts and criticized fellow senators who’ve cited procedural norms as their purpose for being complicit. 

Throughout his remarks, Warnock warned of states “the place partisan actors and power-hungry politicians have acted alongside partisan strains to make it tougher ― not simpler ― for eligible voters to forged a poll and assure that that poll will really depend.”

Warnock, a first-term legislator and pastor of Georgia’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, known as the correct to vote “formative and foundational” throughout his Tuesday morning speech the place he addressed GOP-led efforts to curb poll entry following the get together’s election losses in 2020. Throughout the nation, greater than 300 payments that might make it tougher to vote have been launched by Republican legislators in practically each state since final November.

“I sincerely imagine that what we do or fail to do can have long-lasting and far-reaching implications for the well being, viability and vitality of the world’s biggest democracy,” Warnock mentioned. 

In his speech, the senator known as on Congress to debate and undertake laws defending voting rights throughout the nation, notably in his residence state of Georgia, the place white Republicans have sought to suppress votes from nonwhite voters that had been key to Democrats regaining the Senate and White Home final fall.

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) speaks at a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to call on the Senate to pass t

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) speaks at a rally in entrance of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom to name on the Senate to go the For the Folks Act, on June 9 in Washington, D.C.

With Democrats presently carrying a one-vote majority within the Senate, Republicans, led by Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have uniformly vowed to dam proposals guaranteeing voting rights for all eligible voters, together with Democrats’ For The Folks Act. Within the Democratic Occasion, senators together with Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin have dimmed hopes of enacting voting rights laws with out Republican endorsements. Each senators oppose eliminating the filibuster for the sake of defending voting rights, successfully forcing Democrats to get Republican approval for a invoice that goals to protect voting rights from Republican assaults. 

“Easy request for my colleagues: Let’s do our job,” Warnock mentioned. “Resist the simple route ― the temptation to cover behind Senate process, and let’s have a principled dialog in entrance of the American individuals about voting rights.”

His phrases had been a direct rebuttal to Republicans and Democrats like Sinema and Manchin, who declare the filibuster ― a political device routinely utilized by racist legislators to guard white supremacist legal guidelines ― is key to democracy. On Monday, Sinema was broadly criticized for an opinion piece revealed in The Washington Put up through which she claimed Individuals had “extra to lose than acquire” by eliminating the filibuster. 

“What may very well be extra hypocritical and cynical than invoking minority rights within the Senate as a pretext for stopping debate about easy methods to protect minority rights within the society?” Warnock mentioned.

Again in March, in his first speech earlier than Congress, Warnock known as the Republican Occasion’s widespread voter suppression efforts “Jim Crow in new garments,” a reference to the racist Jim Crow legal guidelines first launched within the late 19th century. 

“I warned, then, that the cords of our democracy had been dangerously frayed,” Warnock mirrored Tuesday throughout his name for pressing motion.

“Since I gave that speech, issues have solely gotten worse,” he mentioned.

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