Hillary Clinton criticizes ‘white moderates’ with MLK quote after Senators Sinema and Manchin backed filibuster and killed Biden’s voting rights schemes
- Clinton posted a quote from Martin Luther King on Twitter on Friday morning
- It railed against the ‘white moderate’ who stood in the way of social progress
- Lest there be any doubt, she added: ‘This is a subtweet’
- It came in the wake of Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin who derailed President Biden’s voter rights by blocking filibuster reform
Hillary Clinton took a thinly veiled dig at Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin on Friday, tweeting a Martin Luther King quote that railed against “the white moderate” who ends up blocking “the flow of social progress.”
It came less than 24 hours after the two tenacious senators effectively killed President Biden’s hopes of pushing through voting rights legislation.
As if there was any doubt as to what she meant, she boldly added, “This is a subtweet.”
After making a combination last year to first weaken and then halt Biden’s massive Build Back Better spending plans, the two centrist senators on Thursday reiterated their opposition to the Senate filibuster rule reform.
That meant Biden and his party lieutenants would need 60 votes to get through his voter-protection package — an impossible task given the Republican opposition.
Clinton, a former Democratic presidential candidate, offered King’s words in response.
‘MLK Jr. said: “I had hoped that the white moderates would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and that when they fail to do so, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress,” he tweeted. she.
“This is a sub-tweet.”
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stood out at Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin by sharing a quote from Martin Luther King ranting at ‘white moderates’
“This is a subtweet,” she added, in case anyone missed the meaning a day after two Democrats from the party’s more conservative wing derailed Biden’s voting rights push
Sinema (left) and Manchin reiterated their opposition to changing Senate rules on the filibuster on Friday, effectively ending Biden’s pursuit of voter rights.
It followed one of the darkest days of Biden’s presidency to date.
After suspending his $1.8 trillion social spending plan, the president announced late last year that he was turning his attention to a push on voting rights.
He invoked King’s legacy last week during a visit to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, when he announced he supported the idea of changing Senate rules to push through legislation.
And he spent more of his political capital visiting Capitol Hill on Thursday to pressure Democrats to get involved.
But even before he had a chance to defend his case, Sinema dramatically announced that she would not agree to the plans.
In a speech on the Senate floor, she described changing the rules as “short-sighted.”
“We have to tackle the disease ourselves, the disease of division, to protect our democracy,” she said.
Sinema has made a virtue of promoting duality as the former progressive seeks to ensure her popularity with the conservative Democrats and Republicans who make up her home state of Arizona.
Manchin, who faces a similar calculus in West Virginia, later said, “Ending the filibuster would be the easy way out. I cannot support such a dangerous course for this country.’
Both senators went to the White House Thursday night for an additional hour of talks, which the White House later described as “a frank and respectful exchange of views.”
Biden considers implementing voter protection essential to counter a wave of restrictions proposed by Republicans spurred by Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 election.
So while Republicans praised the two senators, Democrats lined up to question their commitment to bipartisanship.
“It can’t be the only important thing,” Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first black senator, said.
“Slavery was twofold. Jim Crow segregation was twofold.
“The denial of women’s suffrage was twofold.”