McConnell Claims Filibuster Has “No Racial History”

The Washington Post reports:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has repeatedly defended the filibuster, said Tuesday that the obstructionist practice has no racial history.

In fact, Sen. Strom Thurmond (S.C.), then a Democrat but a Republican from 1964 onward, spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes in his filibuster to stop passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was to protect the right of Black Americans to vote. In the 1920s and 1930s, Southern Democratic senators filibustered anti-lynching bills.

“It has no racial history at all,” McConnell told reporters. “None. There’s no dispute among historians about that.”

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