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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has, in recent weeks, been a vigorous defender of the filibuster — making it clear that he would use it to defeat a Democratic voting rights bill. At a news conference on Tuesday, a reporter asked McConnell about the possibility of Republicans using the filibuster to "make it harder for Black people to vote." And his response is being lambasted on Twitter.

McConnell said of the filibuster, "Historians do not agree — it has no racial history at all. None. So, there's no dispute among historians about that."

McConnell told reporter Eva McKend:

After video of McConnell's response was tweeted, it didn't take long for him to be inundated with negative comments from Twitter users. Here are some of them:

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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