McConnell: Biden voting rights speech 'utter nonsense'

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) knocked President BidenJoe BidenMcAuliffe holds slim lead over Youngkin in Fox News poll Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE’s voting rights speech as “utter nonsense” for calling the fight over voting laws the “most significant test to our democracy since the Civil War.”

“What utter nonsense. It would be laugh-out-loud funny if it wasn’t so completely and totally irresponsible,” he said.

“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,” McConnell added.

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McConnell’s remarks come after Biden spoke in Pennsylvania on Tuesday about voting rights as Republican-controlled states debate and enact changes to voting laws after former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE falsely claimed the 2020 election was “stolen.” That claim, which Trump has continued to make, has spread among GOP voters.

Republicans previously blocked a sweeping bill to overhaul federal elections, known as the For the People Act. And McConnell has shot down concern about state-level changes, arguing that they are rolling back changes enacted for the pandemic.

Biden’s speech, and McConnell’s rebuttal, come as Texas Democrats are in Washington, D.C., after fleeing their home state to block Republicans from considering a bill to change election laws. They met with Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign MORE (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats to push for changing the filibuster to make a carve out for voting rights.

“These false comparisons are an insult to the actual hurdles that Americans have overcome,” McConnell said.

Democrats have slammed Trump, and some of his closest allies, for continuing to claim that the election was rigged against him, describing it as the “big lie.”

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McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, tried to flip the line against Democrats.

“But Democrats have pulled out the same Chicken Little playbook that failed in Georgia. The same big lies,” he said.

“The big lies and the fake outrage failed in Georgia. The big lies and fake outrage failed here in the Senate last month. They will fail in Texas,” he added.