Squad squeals for big, strong alpha-Biden after he calls for filibuster carveout to protect abortion rights

President Joe Biden earned the enthusiastic praise of “Squad” members like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Cori Bush by calling for the filibuster to be nuked so that Congress can codify Roe v. Wade into law.

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” he said.

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” the president added.

He made the remark early Thursday morning, Eastern Standard Time, at a press conference in Madrid, Spain following a week of meetings with U.S. allies in Europe.

Less than an hour after the president made the remark, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her enthusiastic support for the plan.

“Now we’re talking! Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it. Use the bully pulpit. We need more,” she wrote.

Pressley and Bush followed suit later in the day:

However, the plan is already dead on arrival thanks to Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, both of whom have doubled down on their pledge to not kill the filibuster.

“A spokesman for Manchin and an aide to Sinema, who both have opposed suspending the filibuster in the past, [said] on Thursday that their respective positions had not changed,” Reuters has confirmed.

Without their votes, Democrats lack enough pull in the Senate to unilaterally eliminate the filibuster.

During the presser in Madrid, the president also trashed the United States Supreme Court after being asked to respond to reports that a majority of Americans and some world leaders believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

“America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been. We have the strongest economy in the world. Our inflation rates are lower than other nations in the world,” he said.

“The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States on overruling not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy. We’ve been a leader in the world in terms of personal rights and privacy rights, and it is a mistake, in my view, for the Supreme Court to do what it did.”

This attack prompted widespread anger from Republicans, including from Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell.

“Attacking a core American institution like the Supreme Court from the world stage is below the dignity of the President. Beyond that, President Biden’s attacks on the Court are unmerited and dangerous. He’s upset that the Court said the people, through their elected representatives, will have a say on abortion policy. That does not destabilize democracy – it affirms it. By contrast, it is behavior like the President’s that undermines equal justice and the rule of law,” he said in a statement.

“The President launched this inappropriate attack when he was asked about whether or not we are on the right track as a country. The President needs to take a look in the mirror. The Supreme Court isn’t responsible for inflation, high gas prices, crime in the streets or chaos at the border. He is. No amount of blame shifting on the global stage will change that.”

Republican voters on social media responded similarly:

The president is already on thin ice with McConnell, who on Thursday also threatened to block a major bipartisan bill that’s supported by him.

“Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill,” he tweeted, referencing the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.

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