On Thursday, Democrat Majority Whip James Clyburn suggested that the 2022 midterm elections might not be legitimate if the Democrats’ “voting rights” bill isn’t passed, a talking point that also came from President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
Clyburn made his remarks during an interview on CNN.
Kasie: “You concerned that without these voting rights bills the election results won’t be legitimate?”
Clyburn: “I’m absolutely concerned about that.” pic.twitter.com/f5Me2SfRZF
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) January 20, 2022
Clyburn Questions Legitimacy Of Future Election
CNN’s Kasie Hunt asked Clyburn of Biden’s comments, “Do you agree with what he said in that press conference, are you concerned that without these voting rights bills the election results won’t be legitimate?”
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Clyburn responded, “I’m absolutely concerned about that.”
“Let me remind the audience, that in 1965 at the time of the advent of the Voting Rights Act, only 3% of African Americans in Alabama were registered to vote,” Clyburn said. “We come in with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and look what we have now.”
On Wednesday, President Biden also questioned whether or not the 2022 election would be “legitimate” if the Democrats’ voting bills don’t pass.
Biden said, “Oh, yeah,” he replied. “I think it easily could be illegitimate.”
“It all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election,” he said referring to Republican efforts to preserve election integrity.
Psaki today: I talked to the Prez and he is not predicting that 2022 elections would be illegitimate
Biden yesterday: “I think it could easily be illegitimate” pic.twitter.com/5NngT2iQAT
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 20, 2022
Biden also said, “No matter how hard they make it for minorities to vote, I think you’re going see them willing to stand in line and defy the attempt to keep them from being able to vote.”
After controversy arose over Biden’s remarks, White House press secretary Jen Psaki later tried to be clearer about what he meant, claiming the president was “explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president [Donald Trump] asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact.”