White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shrugged off criticism of President Biden’s voting rights speech, calling it “hilarious on many levels.”
“I know there has been a lot of claims of the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels, given how many people sat silently over the last four years for the former president,” she said at Wednesday’s press briefing.
What “is more offensive is the effort to suppress people’s basic right to exercise who they want to support and who they want to elect,” she added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell railed against the president over his speech, which he said was “incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office,” as did Sen. Mitt Romney, among many others. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) even conceded that Biden “went a little too far” while MSNBC’s Al Sharpton noted it was not a “vote-getting speech” but a “you’re going to hell” one.