In yet another example of the blatant corruption that consumes the left-wing media, on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing brought on race-baiting Democratic Party activist and weekend PoliticsNation host Al Sharpton to openly lobby Congress to rig elections in favor of Democrats. Sharpton shamelessly touted how he and other leftists were conducting meetings on Capitol Hill to pressure lawmakers to pass the radical legislation.
At the mention of “civil rights leaders,” footage appeared on screen of Sharpton holding a press conference in Washington, D.C. with fugitive Texas Democratic state lawmakers. Talking to Sharpton moments later, Jansing emphasized his direct political involvement with shaping and pushing the legislative action: “Where do you think this is going? You’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of the key people. What are you hearing?”
Sharpton, who is given a weekly national television “news” platform by MSNBC, happily bragged about how he was urging senators to get on board with a federal takeover of elections:
Jansing chimed in: “Well, what does that mean in terms of Joe Manchin, that he can live with?…did you feel like there’s still room there, you’re making progress, you’re being heard?” Again, this a fellow host on her network and she’s asking if elected officials are going to pass legislation that he’s instructing them to pass.
By employing a left-wing hack like Sharpton, MSNBC is just a front for lobbying in favor of the Democratic Party’s radical agenda.
10:17 AM ET
CHRIS JANSING: Right now on Capitol Hill, Democrats are getting ready to go public with a new version of a voting rights bill. NBC News confirming Senate Democrats plan to unveil that new plan within the coming days. Among those working on it, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Raphael Warnock, and Senator Joe Manchin, with some of Manchin’s proposals expected to be in the bill. As civil rights leaders keep the pressure for action on, including in more behind the scenes talks with Manchin, who holds that critically important vote.
And over in the House, Texas Democrats are testifying at a hearing about what’s happening on the state level. As we learn they’ll also be meeting with Bill and Hillary Clinton and Stacey Abrams.
NBC’s Garrett Haake is on Capitol Hill. Also with us, the Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network and host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation. Good to see you guys. So Garrett, what have you learned so far about what’s expected to be in that bill?
GARRETT HAAKE: Well, we expect it to be narrower than the For the People Act that was originally voted on in the Senate and blocked by Republicans. It will focus more narrowly on voting rights provisions and likely drop some of the other material about how campaigns are financed, perhaps some of the redistricting elements could go away as well.
The only new additions that we’re hearing about are something that might not have been in that – or that wasn’t in the For the People Act originally, and that’s how to deal with what might be considered election interference on the back end, how votes are counted and by whom. Concerns that have been raised by some of these new state-level bills that have been brought forward in some of these other states.
So a narrower package, an updated sort of 2021 version of what’s in this package, but no specific details released yet. It’s our understanding that bill is still very much under construction.
JANSING: So Reverend Al, as that construction happens, is narrower better than nothing? Where do you think this is going? You’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of the key people. What are you hearing?
AL SHARPTON: Well, I think narrower could be better or could not be better. It’s according to what’s in the narrow. Yesterday, Martin Luther King III and Andrea King and I met with Senator Manchin and Lindsey Graham and the Speaker, a whole host of people. And we met with Senator Schumer after the eight members of the Democratic Party leadership met with him to come out with what they’re going to reveal today.
One of the concerns is nullification. You know, Martin Luther King, in his speech August 28th, 1963, talked about interposition and nullification. We’re having a big march on voting rights the same date this year, his son and I, and others. And nullification is exactly what he was referring to, is who counts at the end of the proceeding? If you now empower states to have local boards or local groups decide on what votes are counted, then you are nullifying votes. And that is part of what I understand has been put on the table now, with the meeting that Schumer and some of them had before they met with us yesterday.
So we’re waiting to see about nullification, we’re waiting to see what is in and what is out. I sense from our meeting with Manchin that he is willing to do some things if it is in fact something that he could live with and try to get him to come along.
JANSING: Well, what does that mean in terms of Joe Manchin, that he can live with? And particularly, as you point out, in that very critical area of voter nullification, did you feel like there’s still room there, you’re making progress, you’re being heard?
SHARPTON: I think we’re being heard. The question is, what will be done? I think the meeting with Manchin was somewhat positive in the sense that he said he is for the John Lewis bill, voting bill. The question is, what will be in that bill? People keep forgetting, the John Lewis bill has not been completely written. And that’s what we want to see. Lindsey Graham did not say – commit at all to either. But Manchin did.
The question is, what is in the John Lewis bill? And then, will they break the filibuster to pass the bill or work a carve-out? Because even if you have a perfect bill, even if whatever comes out today from the eight that met with Majority Leader Schumer yesterday, you still have to then deal with how do you pass it? Which is going to bring you right back to either filibuster reform or a carve-out for voting.
JANSING: So there you go. The devil’s in those very tricky details.
We’ve also been watching, Rev, this hearing with Texas lawmakers. They’ve had some luck, I think, focusing attention on the challenges at the state level, as an example of why federal action is needed. Add to that our NBC reporting that they’re going to be meeting with the Clintons and Stacey Abrams. They’re going to make this big push, all hands on deck, essentially. But look, you know the reality of Congress and what Democrats and activists are up against. What’s it gonna take, what’s gonna have to happen for some real movement, do you think?
SHARPTON: I think that it’s gonna have to have sustained indignation. Martin III and Andrea King and I met with them yesterday, took them to the King Memorial. The picture you showed is them standing at the King Memorial with Dr. King’s son. Because this is what Dr. King stood for, and we stood with them. They told us of others they’re meeting. They have to keep doing that. Today, women’s round – black women’s roundtable, Melanie Campbell and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee are doing things, people are doing things around the country. The national march will be August 28th.
How did we get here in the first place, Chris? By continued marching, SNICK did some, Dr. King did some, NAACP did some. If everyone continues to agitate, agitate, agitate, as Frederick Douglass said, that will turn the public sentiment, public sentiment turns the Congress. Congress never volunteered voting rights. It came from the bottom up. And it came from various strains and various traditions of movement.
JANSING: And those folks from Texas are on the Hill today continuing to remind us the challenges that are out there in so many different states. Reverend Al Sharpton, always good to see you. Thank you so much.