While appearing on “The Daily Show” on Thursday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) exposed herself as a massive hypocrite on the filibuster, as she admitted that she supported it when Democrats were the minority in Congress. Now that Democrats are in power, however, Hirono told Host Trevor Noah that she “learned from” how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) conducted himself when he was in the majority “and also that the filibuster is a vestige of the Jim Crow days.”
“Previously, and correct me if I’m wrong, I feel like in the past, you were one of the Democrats who said the filibuster needed to be protected,” Noah said. “You know, and a lot of Democrats said the filibuster needs to be protected so that the minority always has a say in which laws are being passed. Do you not worry about the inconsistency in that message or is there something that people may be missing?”
Hirono then admitted that she had indeed supported the filibuster in the past, yet she now sees it as racist.
“Oh, you know what, consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” Hirono said. “So, I’ve learned watching Mitch McConnell over the last four years, he hardly ever gave the Democrats much chance to exercise our 60 votes — to deny him the 60 votes because he would rarely put out any substantive legislation in his busyness to get as many ideologically-oriented people onto the courts for lifetime appointments or passing the 1.5 trillion in tax cuts.”
“You think that well, the filibuster protects minority voices, but notice we were in the minority for four years and we basically got shafted at every turn,” she added. “So, I learned from that and also that the filibuster is a vestige of the Jim Crow days. And so, we need to move on, away from this rule that’s not even anything that is in law or in the Constitution.”
So Hirono was a big fan of the filibuster when she could use it to her advantage as a member of the minority, but now that Democrats are in power, she sees it as racist. The hypocrisy of Democrats never ceases to amaze.