Senate Democrats Use the Jim Crow Filibuster to Protect the Kremlin

Source: Glenn Greenwald
by Glenn Greenwald

“In 2017, when Senate Democrats were in the minority under President Trump, 32 of them signed a letter urging that the filibuster be maintained on the ground that it is necessary to safeguard ‘the existing rights and prerogatives of Senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we consider legislation before this body in the future.’ Fast forward four years, when the Democrats have a 50-50 majority in the Senate with the tie-breaking vote of the Vice President, and now that very same filibuster has been transformed by them from a sacred guardian of minoritarian rights into the tell-tale sign of white nationalism and fascist contempt for democratic values. … That the filibuster is an inherently racist tool, a relic of Jim Crow, is an odd position for Democrats to take given that just yesterday, they used the filibuster to block legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).” (01/14/22)