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Why Do Democrats Keep Doubling Down on Dumb?

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If I didn’t know any better, I’d be tempted to think the Democrats want to get their derrieres handed to them on a shiny silver platter this November and in 2024. Whoever has been handling their messaging strategy over the past year should be fired and summarily thrown out into the street.

You probably already know about the incendiary remarks President Joe Biden uttered last week when he gave a speech supporting the weakening or removal of the filibuster in the Senate. He called on lawmakers to do away with the procedure to pass two voting rights bills aimed at destroying what leftists call “Jim Crow 2.0.”

But instead of making a rational, coherent case for changing Senate rules regarding the filibuster, he went into an unhinged rant in which he compared those who oppose ending the practice and the proposed voting legislation to white Democrats who perpetuated actual Jim Crow back in the 1960s.

“I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered?” Biden asked. “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide. To defend our elections. To defend our democracy.”

Now, one can be forgiven for making silly remarks during a speech or in front of cameras. Indeed, being a public figure who routinely makes public statements means that every now and again, you’re going to make a mistake. President Biden is all too familiar with this reality, being one of the most prolific gaffe machines in the history of American politics.

However, there is always time to clarify or restate a moronic statement. One can even apologize for being too strident with their language. But, apparently, Biden didn’t get the memo on this and the White House recently doubled down on his divisive comments. RedState’s Sister Toldjah explained:

Before today, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on two different occasions about Biden suggesting that people who disagreed with him on changing the Senate rules on the filibuster and on federalizing elections were no better than racist Democrats from days gone by like Bull Connor, George Wallace, and Jefferson Davis. In both instances, Psaki doubled down, taking the shovel and digging a deeper hole for the Biden White House on this issue.

During the press briefing, Psaki said:

“I would say first that the president delivered a powerful speech about the protection of peoples’ fundamental rights in this country, which is their right to vote, the right to vote for anyone they choose, whether it is him or someone else. It was not a partisan speech. It was intended to lay out for the public exactly what’s at stake and lay out for elected officials what’s at stake. And he stands by everything he said in that speech.”

This could easily become Biden’s “deplorables” moment. By casting those who disagree with the Democrats’ voting rights legislation as virulent racists who spend their weekends burning crosses in white robes, he is insulting a sizeable chunk of the nation’s population. His approval ratings are already in the toilet – it is amazing he would make such a serious blunder when he needs to be focusing on getting back in the good graces of the American people.

But the president is not the only one downplaying actual Jim Crow to push a political agenda. The entire Democratic establishment and their close friends and allies in the activist media are going all-in on this charade. Indeed, a group of left-wing activists participating in a hunger strike appeared on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building singing an altered version of the Civil Rights anthem “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around.”

Their rendition altered the lyrics to say “Ain’t gonna let no filibuster turn us around” as they protested at the Capitol building. Cute, right?

With the Democrats set to lose bigly in the upcoming midterm elections, you would think they wouldn’t risk alienating voters. In fact, even people who support the voting rights legislation might not take too kindly to being told those who oppose it are automatically racists. It’s the type of ham-fisted, heavy-handed rhetoric that lost them the 2016 presidential election.

Remember when the phrase “This is how you got Trump,” became popular on social media and elsewhere? If the Democrats continue on this path, that phrase might just get resurrected in 2024.