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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote an op-ed on Sunday seeking to destroy electoral integrity by ending the 60-vote threshold for obstruction, but a video from the Republican National Committee (RNC) research team revealed that eight Democrats have defended filibuster for decades, including President Biden.

by Schumer the Wall Street newspaper editorial titled “Sen. Chuck Schumer responds to filibuster, “suggests January 6 is why Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) should break the filibuster by voting with 48 others Democratic senators:

Nineteen states have passed 33 laws to make voting more difficult. Election workers have faced violent threats over the past year simply for doing their job. These are not isolated developments. They were born from the same antidemocratic poison of last year’s murderous insurgency, and they urgently demand that the Senate pass legislation.

Despite Schumer’s Sunday desperation, Senate Democrats have been singing about the virtues of filibustering for years. The RNC video and transcript are as follows:

Schumer: They want to make this country a banana republic where if you don’t get what you want you change the rules.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ): The legislative obstruction should remain there and I will personally resist efforts to get rid of it.

Senator Chis Coons (D-DE): I pledge never to vote to change the legislative obstruction.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): It would be the end of the Senate.

Joe Biden: It raises issues that are more damaging than the issue that exists.

Senator Bob Menedez (D-NJ): You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game because you don’t like the outcome.

Biden: You’re going to plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done.

Schumer: Change the rules halfway to erase 200 years of history.

Biden: Nothing at all will be done.

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA): I don’t think we should come willy-nilly and change the rules.

Durbin: You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game.

Schumer: Senate ideologues want to turn what the Founding Fathers called the cooling saucer of democracy into the rubber stamp of dictatorship.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): If you don’t have 60 votes yet, it just means you haven’t done enough advocacy and you have to work a lot harder.

Biden: This is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power.

Menedez: Partisan takeover that will trample on minority rights and leave fundamentally changed for the worse.

Durbin: Preserve the checks and balances so that neither party can do whatever it wants.

Schumer: It will be an apocalyptic day for democracy.

Coons: The most important rule that requires compromise is to work across the aisle.

Biden: It’s a fundamental power grab.

Menedez: I won’t stand idly by when a party drunk on power tries to overthrow 200 years of precedent.

Biden: Ending filibuster is a very dangerous thing to do.

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