Watch: Biden Releases Statement That Could Fundamentally Change The Senate

Joe Biden once defended the filibuster as a senator but now as President opposes the filibuster, according to The Western Journal.

Biden held his first solo press conference on Thursday.

Biden was not asked a single question about COVID-19.

He did share that he will willing to move forward in slashing the filibuster.

“With regard to the filibuster, I believe we should go back to a position of the filibuster that existed just when I came to the United States Senate 120 years ago,” Biden said.

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“And that is that it used to be required for the filibuster — and I had a card on this. I was going to give you the statistics. … It used to be that from, between 1917 and 1971, the filibuster existed, there were a total of 58 motions to break the filibuster that whole time. Last year alone, there were five times that many. So it’s being abused in a gigantic way,” he said.

“And for example, it used to be, you had to stand there and talk and talk and talk and talk until you collapsed. And guess what? People got tired of talking and tired of collapsing.”

“I’m going to say something outrageous: I’ve never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate. So the best way to get something done, if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you, uh, like to be able to,” the president said, before appearing to have a system freeze.

“Anyway, we’re ready to get a lot done,” he said, after a reboot. “And if we have to, if there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”

Kaitlan Collins asked Biden if he agreed with former President Barack Obama’s statement that “the filibuster was a relic of the Jim Crow era.”

Biden said, “Yes.”

“And if not, why not abolish it if it’s a relic of the Jim Crow era?” the reporter responded.

Biden paused.

“Successful electoral politics is the art of the possible. Let’s figure out how we can get this done and move in the direction of significantly changing the abuse of even the filibuster rule first. It’s been abused from the time it came into being by an extreme way in the last 20 years. Let’s deal with the abuse first.”

“At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill, it’s about compromise and moderation,” he said.

“The nuclear option extinguishes the power of independents and moderates in the Senate.”

“Let’s set the historical record straight. Never has the Senate provided for a certainty that 51 votes could put someone on the bench or pass legislation.”

“I’ve never seen, as my uncle once said, the Constitution stood on its head as they’ve done. This is the first time every single solitary decision has required 60 senators,” Biden said.

“No democracy has survived needing a supermajority.”

Biden added that the filibuster was “a dangerous new roadblock in the way of American government.”

“The historians’ views were very much in sync with his own: It is time to go even bigger and faster than anyone expected,” Axios reported. “If that means chucking the filibuster and bipartisanship, so be it.”

From The Western Journal:

In short, if Republicans still don’t want to play nice after the talking filibuster is put into place and decide to “abuse” it, well then, we’ll just have to nuke the whole thing.

Nebraska GOP Sen. Ben Sasse summed it up neatly in a statement: “Senator Biden was a relentless defender of the filibuster, but now that President Biden looks in the mirror and sees FDR, he’s keeping the door open for a complete 180 to blow up the institution he spent four decades defending,” he said, according to NBC News.

Obviously, this depends on Biden convincing several members of his own party who have announced their opposition to removing the filibuster, most notably Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

If he can do it, however, the biggest takeaway from Thursday’s media briefing is that President System Freeze intends to remake America on a 50-vote tiebreaker majority.

Sleep well.