According to the report, Democrats have used filibuster 327, compared to only once by the GOP.
President Joe Biden has called the filibuster a “jim Crow relic” and said it has been widely abused despite Democrats using it over 300 times in 2020.
Biden declared that the Senate filibuster was “abused in a gigantic way” last year at his first official press conference last week.
“I was going to give you the statistics, but you probably know them, that it used to be that — that from between 1917 to 1971, the filibuster existed, there was a total of 58 motions to break a filibuster that whole time,” Biden said. “Last year alone, there were 5 times that many. So it’s being abused in a gigantic way.”
Following Biden’s speech, Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen told Fox News that there has not been one Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office.
“Well, first of all he said his justification for possibly getting rid of the filibuster is that it was abused last year in a gigantic way. Who was filibustering last year? It was Democrats. So he’s saying, just for the record, so viewers know, there has not been one, single Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office. There have been no filibusters.”
“So, all of the filibusters so far, in the last four years, have been Democratic filibusters. What are they filibustering?” he asked.
Thiessen then began listing off a number of initiatives proposed by former President Donald Trump that were blocked by the filibuster:
- Border wall funding
- COVID relief
- Police reform
- Legislation on sanctuary cities
- Restrictions on abortion
- Entitlement reform
- Immigration reform
- Lawsuit reform
- Health care reform
- Budget cuts
- Expanded gun rights
- Defunding Planned Parenthood
“All those things were blocked either by an actual filibuster of the threat of filibuster by Democrats and that is now justification once they have become in power for getting rid of it when the Republicans haven’t even filibusters yet,” Thiessen said.
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Eric Clapton Raises $2.2 Million for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Presidential Campaign
Rock and Roll and Blues legend Eric Clapton took center stage at a recent campaign fundraiser, raising an impressive $2.2 million for Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Clapton’s electrifying performance at a private concert in Los Angeles underscored his support for Kennedy’s primary campaign against President Biden, making headlines across the nation.
The event, which featured Clapton’s iconic guitar prowess and took place against the backdrop of a prominent Kennedy 2024 banner, was a resounding success, according to a campaign press release. According to reports from Fox News, of the $2.2 million raised, $1 million directly benefited Kennedy’s campaign, while the remaining $1.2 million bolstered a political action committee supporting the Democrat’s bid for the presidency.
Attendees eager to support Kennedy’s campaign invested a cool $6,600 per ticket, as reported by the Daily Mail, to witness Clapton’s musical artistry and to lend their support to the candidate. Kennedy expressed his deep gratitude to Clapton for his role in the event, emphasizing the unifying power of music in today’s divided society.
“I am deeply grateful to Eric Clapton for bringing his musical artistry and rebellious spirit to my gathering in Los Angeles last night,” Kennedy remarked in the press release. He added, “I sometimes think that in our divided society, it is music rather than any kind of intellectual agreement that has the most potential to bring us together again. Eric sings from the depths of the human condition.”
Kennedy also credited artists like Clapton for invoking faith in the limitless power of human beings to overcome obstacles and unite the nation. The campaign event not only showcased Clapton’s performance but also included a private dinner attended by Kennedy, his wife Cheryl Hines, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, I-Hawaii.
However, not everyone in attendance aligned with Kennedy’s presidential aspirations. Stephen Stills, who was initially present at the fundraiser, made it clear afterward that his support remained firmly behind President Biden. According to the Daily Beast, Stills issued a statement through a spokesperson, affirming his allegiance to the incumbent president.
“I support President Biden,” Stills declared. “I was there as a guest to support Eric Clapton, who performed.”
The event served as a notable intersection of music, politics, and fundraising, underlining the influential role that artists and musicians can play in shaping the political landscape and contributing to presidential campaigns.
With Kennedy’s campaign coffers significantly bolstered by Clapton’s performance, the 2024 presidential race continues to garner attention and financial support from a diverse array of donors and influencers.
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