Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ripped President Biden’s speech on the need for federal election reform as “utter nonsense,” saying the comments are only increasing the political divisions in the country.
“It would be laugh-out-loud funny if it wasn’t so completely and totally irresponsible,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.
“This is our new president who promised to lower the temperature, bring America back together and rebuild a civil society where we can dialogue as fellow citizens,” the Senate minority leader said of Biden’s Tuesday speech in Philadelphia.
“We’ve won two world wars, faced down the Soviets, unwound brutal segregation, defeated actual Jim Crow laws, and endured the 9/11 attacks,” McConnell said. “But now the sky is falling?”
The president, speaking at the National Constitution Center, decried claims that the 2020 election, in which he defeated former President Donald Trump, was rife with fraud, and took issue with efforts by Republican-led states to pass sweeping election reform laws.