On Wednesday, October 20, CNN anchor Don Lemon reacted to the blocking of a debate over the Freedom to Vote and said that Biden Democrats aren’t doing enough for Black voters.
According to Mediaite, Lemon said, “It will be the hill the Democratic Party dies on because that’s what voters want.”
“The voters who pushed this president into office. Black and Brown voters, Black and Latino voters, women. They want voting rights. They want access, equal access, not special access, equal access to the voting booth. And they are not getting that. Now, what they’re getting is the complete opposite. They’re getting a party, which is the minority party in the country actually running the show holding back the vote on voting rights. So I think it will be the hill they die on.”
— Tina Convery (@convery813) October 21, 2021
Co-host anchor Chris Cuomo responded, “Well, we don’t know. But it would’ve been the fight I focused on.”
Lemon then discussed Biden’s Build Back Better plan and called out the president and Democrats for not putting in the work to communicate effectively.
“If you stop holding events at two o’clock in the afternoon when people are at work or in traffic, and start holding them when people are actually at home and watching and paying attention, then maybe, you may be able to change the narrative,” said Lemon.
Lemon then spoke about what he’d do were he in Biden’s position. “I’m going to make sure I have their attention,” said Lemon. “I’m going to tell them what is in the bill. I’m going to tell them what I’m selling that is going to help them and everybody in red America and everybody in blue America and all Americans. I’m not just gonna to sit back and expect the news media to do it for me because it’s not [the media’s] job to sell the narrative.”
Lemon then pivoted his point and ultimately said it’s up to Biden’s people to create change.
“Democrats, get your butts in gear and get passionate about saving this damn country. You’re not doing it! You’re weak! You are weak! You are weak!”
The voter bill is meant to address certain voting restrictions enacted by Republicans states after the 2020 elections.
The Filibuster rejected the legislation, which requires 60 votes to start and end a debate on most bills.