Congressman calls Senators ‘white nationalists’ on House floor for blocking ‘voting rights legislation’

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A congressman from New York voiced Democrats’ frustration with the failed attempt to pass “voting rights” legislation in a statement calling opponents “white nationalists.”

Rep. Mondaire Jones lamented the failure of the Senate to change filibuster rules and allow Democrats to ram through the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.

The New York Democrat took to the House floor Thursday to declare that lawmakers had “used the Jim Crow filibuster to block voting rights legislation,” presumably attacking Republicans as well as Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. who voted not to amend the filibuster rule.

Jones, who was called “a leading voice in the fight to protect the right to vote and save American democracy” in a press release from his office, declared that the “weight of history, and the force of reason, are on our side” in remarks meant to encourage disappointed Democrats.


(Video: YouTube/Rep. Mondaire Jones)

“We are not going anywhere. We are more energized than ever to see this through. We must pick up Senate seats this fall to make the filibuster an impossibility,” he said.

“As you just heard, we are living through the worst assault on the right to vote since Jim Crow. And yesterday, on the Senate floor, white nationalists used the Jim Crow filibuster to block voting rights legislation,” Jones declared.

“But they did not win the contest for the soul of our nation,” he added. “I rise to affirm that We, the People, aren’t giving up that easy. We never give up.”

The 34-year-old freshman representing New York’s 17th District is the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team, serves as a Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chairs the LGBTQ Equality Caucus.

Jones continued his remarks by quoting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and adding that “while our work must include the ballot box, it must also go beyond it.”

“Hold your elected officials accountable. Educate your friends, your family, your neighbors. Change their hearts and their minds,” he said.

Jones’ characterization of the failed election reform attempt as the worst assault on the right to vote drew major criticism on social media.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald noted the hypocrisy of Democrats in crying foul over the filibuster while also using it to their advantage.

“Democrats continue to call the filibuster the “Jim Crow filibuster” even though just ***last week***, Senate Democrats — at the behest of the Biden WH — used the Jim Crow filibuster to prevent enactment of Ted Cruz’s sanctions bill which had 55 votes,” he tweeted.

Other Twitter users agreed:

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