Elizabeth Warren faces criticism for calling filibuster racist after using it last year to block black senator's bill

by Joel Abbott · Mar 19th, 2021 2:45 pm
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Last Updated Mar 21st, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is facing criticism after she called the Senate filibuster racist, despite using as recently as last year to block a bill put forward by Republican Sen. Tim Scott (SC).

"The filibuster has deep roots in racism, and it should not be permitted to serve that function, or to create a veto for the minority," said Warren in an interview with Axios. "In a democracy, it's majority rules."

Warren claimed the filibuster – which requires a 60-member vote to pass a bill – was implemented in the 1800s to help slave-owning states stop abolitionist legislation.

Despite this, Warren joined Democratic lawmakers in the Senate to filibuster a police reform bill submitted by Scott last year, using it as a tool for the Democratic-controlled minority to overturn majority rule.

Scott is also an African American, a point noted by CNN's Scott Jennings on Thursday.

Similarly, former White House press secretary and Fox contributor Ari Fleischer implied that Warren was being hypocritical in her statement given her record of using the filibuster.

Warren first called to end the filibuster in 2019.


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