Biden says one thing but does the other.
Speaking on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on Friday (January 14), President Joe Biden stated that he ran for office to “unite the country.” His remarks follow his speech in Atlanta about voting rights legislation in which he compared those who didn’t support voting rights legislation to racists.
Discussing the importance of the administration’s infrastructure spending, Biden said, “I ran for President to unite the country. This Bipartisan Infrastructure Law I signed two months ago unites us around things we all depend on.”
However, this is a strong contrast to his Tuesday speech in which he denounced the Senate, saying it was a “shell of its former self” because GOP Senators were preventing legislation that would give the federal government control over state and local elections.
In Tuesday’s speech, Biden emphatically queried Americans’ good faith, essentially asking them to pick a side with those who did not support his voting legislation bill falling on the side of hated segregationists George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis.
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”
Following the speech, Republicans called out the President for his divisive rhetoric.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell described the speech as a “rant,” saying it was “incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office.”
While Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT.) disparaged Biden’s remarks, highlighting that Biden had accused his colleagues in the Senate of having “sinister, even racist inclinations” before sharing his views that Biden had no interest in “unifying the country.”
Biden’s speech also follows Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ.) speech on the Senate floor in which she announced she would not be supporting the “short-sighted” filibuster rule change, choosing instead to create bipartisan unity.