As Democratic leaders seek to overcome Republican obstruction, former President Barack Obama has now shared that he is of the belief that top Democrats will once again bring up the monumental voting rights legislation known as the For the People Act for consideration. Relying on the current Senate filibuster rules, which demand the agreement of at least 60 Senators in the 100-member chamber before moving forward on most legislation, Republicans recently halted that legislation in its tracks — for now. Obama, however, said that he has “every confidence” that top Democrats “are going to figure out a way in which there’s an up and down vote on the For the People Act.”
As he put it on a fundraising call:
‘I have every confidence that [House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi (D-Calif.)], working in conjunction with [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer [(D-N.Y.)], Joe Biden and others, including people like [Sen.] Joe Manchin [(D-W.Va.)], are going to figure out a way in which there’s an up and down vote on the For the People Act.’
Discussing recent efforts by Republican leaders to enact suppressive new election restrictions in numerous states around the country, Obama added as follows:
‘If we don’t stop these kinds of efforts now, [what] we are going to see is more and more contested elections — contested not in the sense of healthy competition but contested in terms of who wins, who loses… We are going to see a further delegitimizing of our democracy. And not only are we going to see more unfairness in terms of results and who is represented and who isn’t, but we are going to see a breakdown of the basic agreement that has held this magnificent democratic experiment together… What we saw was my successor, the former president, violate that core tenet that we count the votes and then declare a winner, and fabricate and make up a whole bunch of hooey.’
One major avenue for the continued spread of blatant lies about the security of last year’s presidential election is an ongoing so-called election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix and where Joe Biden was victorious last November. The audit, like other efforts to prove the existence of systematic fraud that has already been conclusively proven to be non-existent, is founded in dangerous delusion.