Rep. Demings: ‘We Need To Get Rid’ Of Filibuster To Protect Voting Rights 1

Rep. Demings: ‘We Need To Get Rid’ Of Filibuster To Protect Voting Rights

 

Rep. Val Demings, who is running to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio in the Senate, joins Lawrence O’Donnell why she is advocating for getting rid of the filibuster, how Donald Trump and his allies are willing to “lie, steal and cheat” to win elections against the will of the people and why Florida “deserves better” than Marco Rubio.
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35 comments

  1. Who doesn’t have voting rights? And would you be OK if Georgia cave to your spin, and adopted a carbon copy of Delaware’s voting laws?

  2. John 8:44
    Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

  3. After begging Rubio to impeach the previous guy he sent me a follow up electronic letter. He said he would only in worst case scenario. And here we are. When I got word you are running, you made me so happy.

  4. You want to get rid of the filibuster. Get rid of Dino Manchin with an actual progressive Democrat that listens to his constituents and not dark money and you get rid of Dino Senima with a progressive candidate that actually wants to end Arizona’s voting fraudits.

    1. Che Little: If you get rid of Manchin you get a hard-core Trumpian Republican in his place and you get Mitch McConnell controlling the Senate. Want that? In any case, Manchin is not up for reelection until 2024, when he will likely lose to whichever Republican member of the House is redistricted out of his/her seat in 2022, as the population of WV continues to shrink. (Fifty years ago, WV had six House districts. In the 2022 election, it will have only two.) Until January 3, 2023, at least, Dems have to put up with him and Sinema having clout, or nothing that Biden and the majority of American people want will become law. Manchin is calculating correctly that this is his moment of maximum power and exerting that independent power over Schumer and Biden is the only chance he has of reelection. He knows it. Schumer and Biden know it. Sinema may be miscalculating. She and Mark Kelly defeated the same candidate two years apart by almost exactly the same margin. Mark Kelly is not trying to hog the limelight, but just do his job, and he is up by 10% in very early polls against every potential Republican opponent in next year’s election. Why is Sinema rocking the boat? Well, someone will have to ask her. If you want to see Manchin sidelined sooner rather than later, work to retain Kelly’s and Warnock’s seat next year and add seats in FL (Cong. Demings over Rubio), NC, PA, OH, WI and IA. If Dems have 53 or 54 seats in the Senate on January 3, 2023, it will no longer make any difference what one individual Democratic senator wants if it clashes with the rest of the caucus and their voters.

    1. @El Loco it’s actually reverse. it protects the minority from the slight majority. if you have a true majority you’re allowed to change laws.

    2. @Anonymous User — Congratulations … that’s the most stupid reasoning I’ve come across for quite some time.

    3. @El Loco currently the majority is the Dems and the minority is the GOP. The filibuster is protecting the minority from the slight majority. if you have a super majority (60 votes) then you’re considered to have enough votes to pass laws because this typically requires bipartisan support. not sure what you don’t get. Flip the parties and the answer is still the same. Sorry that logic isn’t your strong point.

    4. @El Loco it’s actually a much higher number that the dems use it. Why don’t you look up the truth? Afraid to be wrong?

    5. Pretty hysterical considering the democrats were more than happy to use it for decades, but *now* it’s magically “anti-democratic”. LOL

    1. O Great Turd: No one is trying to silence anyone. What are you hallucinating? Trump gets coverage by the MSM he no longer deserves any more than you or I do. MTG, Gaetz, Gosar, Brooks, Jordan and the rest get video clips on MSNBC. If they had the guts, they’d get interviewed on MSNBC and CNN. Not fawned upon, as if they were the sole guardians of the truth, but interviewed. They get to say whatever they want on the House floor. The whole Fox News powerhouse spews its and their views 24 hours a day and no one tries to shut it down. Again I ask: What are you hallucinating with your assertion that anyone is trying to silence anyone else?

  5. Translation: We need to get rid of the filibuster so that, together with our national vote fraud bill and millions of new illegal Democrat voters, we can cement permanent one-party Democrat rule and disenfranchise half of the American voting public forever.”

    1. If what the people want is permanent one-party rule, and you have exactly zero evidence that the Dems want anything but free political competition participated in by as many Americans as possible, then the people ought to get permanent one-party rule, as long as the other party or parties continue to have the right and opportunity to tell them they ought to change their minds. If everything has to be bi-partisan, then indeed you are melding the two parties into one and there is no need to have two. That’s what the Chinese Communist Party claims to do, represent all of the people of China, as if all of the people of China have input into the Party’s decisions and there isn’t a significant minority who disagree, never given the chance for representation, as they are in the USA, in existence in China. We see that in the crackdown in Hong Kong right now. Anyone see Biden doing anything like that in order to cement one-party rule? As for millions of new illegal Democratic voters, oh please, please, go down to your local Republican Party HQ and get the name of one in a thousand. They have access to the voting rolls. Find one in a thousand or ten thousand and publish their names, so they can be interviewed by the media and the fraud either exposed or disproved. If you can’t do that, then please stop trying to get the rest of the populace to believe in the fraud you are imagining and so desperately want to be true. Your own party leader, Donald Trump, admitted that if everyone voted (not fraudulently, just if everyone voted), Republicans could never win another election. The reason must be obvious: Republicans do not have and never will have the support of a majority of American people on issues. If Republicans don’t change their tunes and try to find alternate solutions to problems instead of relying on fear, hatred and imaginary threats to get elected, and if we ever had complete electoral participation, indeed you would end up with one party because it would be like the Senators going up against the Yankees of the 40’s or 50’s. The Senators could go on TV and bloviate all they wanted about how they were going to crush the Yankees they loved to hate, but without the help of the Devil, they’d keep losing based on a lack of skill and baseball acumen. So it is with the current Republican Party in solving the problems of our society, which, as long as they keep power, they see as non-existent, since the only problems that count are those that affect them. If you’ve got evidence to the contrary among Republicans, present it. Thank you.

  6. Go Val! She had our backs as a cop and will do the same in the U.S. Senate. Val for Senate. Vote Blue in ’22!

  7. A girl walks into a bar near Trump Tower in Manhattan, sits down, and says: “Give me a beer. I’ve had a rough day at work.”
    The bartender asks: “Oh? What do you do?”
    The girl replies: “I take care of the Trump children and the dogs of the Trump family.”
    The bartender asks: “Tough job, huh?
    The girl says: “Yeah. All that inbreeding has led to low intelligence and bad temperaments.
    And the dogs aren’t too smart, either.

  8. Democrats basically need to change alllll rules.. just to be able to compete. They are THAT special

  9. It’s not enough to take out the trash during the next election. We the People must be prepared to replace these faux “Republican” Senators with sensible, no nonsense people who are willing to go the extra mile in order to get us the changes that we deserve. It’s no longer “progressive” if we are the last ones on the planet to get the upgrades. These people standing in our way are doing so to achieve their own goals. It’s up to us to stand up to the bullies.

  10. We need to KEEP filibuster to protect voting rights! Dems are trying to take away our Constitutional Rights! Have you even read the constitution? Please open your eyes to what’s happening here!

  11. Fillabuster is not in the Constitution, remove it from Federal and State governments. It is time for the American people reclaim those who are supposed to represent us. USA united states of Americans!

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