Though President Joe Biden preached on the campaign trail the importance of reaching across the aisle and working with the opposite party, he’s apparently not a big fan of that when it involves members of his own party siding with Republicans on various issues.
According to the Daily Caller, his frustration was subtly made clear in a speech commemorating the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, in which he called out two unnamed Democratic senators who he claims “vote more with” his “Republican friends.”
Many believe that Biden could have only possibly been referencing Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) — the two Democrats in the Senate who have remained steadfast in their opposition to ending the filibuster rule that has already prevented Biden from making progress on some legislative proposals.
In part of his Tuesday speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Biden took veiled shots at Republicans over recent voting rights issues, referring to efforts by the GOP “to replace nonpartisan election administrators and to intimidate those charged with tallying and reporting the election results,” calling such actions an “assault” on American democracy.
It was a lead-up to promoting the passage of H.R. 1, which, if passed, would radically transform voting in America and by many estimations, would hand Democrats a strong advantage for all future elections.
Biden’s jab at Manchin and Sinema came as he told the audience that “all the folks on TV” have been asking why he’s failed to make progress on the bill.
“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘why doesn’t Biden get this done?’” Biden said. “Well, because Biden only has the majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends. But we’re not giving up.”
While it’s true that the two Democratic senators are firmly against ending the filibuster, Biden’s claim that they “vote more” with Republicans was outright false, as NPR fact-checker Domenico Montanaro pointed out that the two senators’ voting record with Biden currently stands at 100%.
If Biden truly wants full support from members of his own party, it would probably serve him well to not trash them on such a public stage in such obvious fashion.