Rick Scott, RNC Slams Biden Push For Election Power Grab Ahead of Voting Rights Speech

Rick Scott, RNC Slams Biden Push For Election Power Grab Ahead of Voting Rights Speech

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
January 11, 2022

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed President Biden ahead of his visit to Georgia Tuesday, where he plans to attack voting reform initiatives in his push for the Senate Democrats to nuke the filibuster in order for passage of the Democratic-led election bills.

"The entire Democratic Party from Biden on down are engaging in an absolutely big lie when it comes to election reform," Scott told reporters. "The Democrats' big lie is any election reforms suggested by Republicans are attempted to suppress voters of voting in a race. That's not true at all. Our goal is maximum participation and zero fraud period, not some fraud. We want zero fraud."

Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Campaign, railed against Senate Democrats looking to change the filibuster rules since they failed to pass many of their "radical agendas" that have caused growing unrest from progressive ahead of the 2022 midterm.

The Democrats' so-called election reform is not about protecting the right to vote. It's about making sure that they win elections. Democrats don't want free and fair elections; only elections Democrats can win. So as we watched last year, they've had a difficult time, the Democrats to pass their radical agenda, so they want to change the rules. They want to change the rules so they can ban voter ids, even though it's very popular around the country, force taxpayers to fund their campaign ads which nobody wants the government to pay for campaign ads. 

The Florida Senator noted since Democrats — despite having control of the House and the Senate botched getting Biden's $1.75 trillion social spending agenda to pass, they have pivoted to focus on making an issue that is non-imperative amongst Americans.

"They don't have anything they can talk about," Scott said. "They don't want to talk about the economy. They don't want to talk about schools. They can't talk about Afghanistan. They can't talk about holding China accountable. Look at Russia and what's happening there with Ukraine. There's nothing they can talk about."

"So maybe they think this is an issue that they can try to blow up and make it a big issue. But the American public is not dumb. They are smart. This is just a complete lie," Scott added.

McDaniels cited the 2022 midterms with polls showing Democrats losing both chambers of Congress as a reason for their motivation.

"We're about to go into a midterm. And they're concerned about losing power. So [Democrats] want to take away the authority given to the states on oversight of the election and pull it into Washington DC, and they're doing it in the most horrific way, by calling these laws racist which they are not — by lying to the American people. And I think the motivation is purely power," McDaniels said.

McDaniel also noted that Biden should be in New York instead of Georgia, citing New York City's newly passed law allowing noncitizens to vote after years of Democrats hollering "foreign interference" during former President Trump's presidency.

"I think Joe Biden, instead of being in Georgia today, should be in New York. Because for years under Donald Trump, we heard Democrats talk about foreign interference in our election," McDaniel said. "I can't think of a greater interference in our election than allowing close to 900,000 noncitizens to vote in our election."

Biden heads to Atlanta, Georgia to give a speech on voting reform where he is expected to state his supports in the Senate changing the filibuster rules, abandoning his longtime support for the legislative maneuver. The president also plans to blast Republican-led states as undemocratic and racist for passing voting integrity legislation, calling the laws "Jim Crow 2.0."

The RNC pointed since the pass of Georgia's election integrity law, Atlanta recently held municipal elections showed turnout increasing by 17%, easier to vote, and no reports of any obstacles preventing one from voting.

However, multiple high-profile voting rights activist groups plan to skip Biden's speech, dismissing the address as a photo-op, and Democrats need to stop talking and take action. Among the highest-profile figure big on voting reform who will not appear next to Biden is Democrat Stacey Abrams, now running for governor in Georgia, claiming schedule conflict as the reason keeping her away from standing next to Biden.

McDaniel pointed out Abrams' missing appearance and didn't buy the excuse, suggesting Biden's unpopularity and his dismal poll numbers were the real reason.

"It is very interesting that Stacey Abrams has a conflict and can't join [Biden]. I think we all know what that conflict is: It is Joe Biden's terrible poll numbers," McDaniel said.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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