Contributing writer for The Atlantic and former Lincoln Project advisor Tom Nichols was roasted by critics Wednesday for claiming that Republicans, given the opportunity, would immediately do away with the Senate filibuster rule if it meant them gaining more power.
"Anyone who’s ever been a Republican understands why [Michael Steele] is fulminating on ["Deadline: White House"] right now, because he’s telling the obvious truth: the Republicans would throw over the filibuster in a second if meant more power for them. The GOP counts on Dems being feckless." Nichols wrote on Twitter, referencing a Wednesday MSNBC appearance by former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Ex-Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele found himself trending on social media after bashing Trump supporters for continuing to stand by the president. (William B. Plowman/NBC/Getty Images)
During the appearance, Steele argued that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., "wouldn't take a second breath" on getting rid of the filibuster in order to implement the GOP agenda.
Debate over whether or not the filibuster should remain in place resurfaced following all Senate Republicans' voting Wednesday to block debate on a Democrat-backed federal voting overhaul. Some progressives were quick to criticize those against nixing the rule following the vote, with far-left "Squad" member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claiming Democrats in favor of maintaining it were "killing our democracy."
BIDEN SAYS ABOLISHING FILIBUSTER WOULD ‘THROW ENTIRE CONGRESS INTO CHAOS’
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., attends a bill enrollment ceremony for the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the Capitol on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Critics took to social media to slam Nichols' argument, calling it "hilarious" and "nonsense," with some referring back to 2017 and 2018 when Republicans refused to get rid of the filibuster while facing calls from former President Donald Trump to do so.
MANCHIN STANDS FIRM ON FILIBUSTER, DEM PLANS FOR DEBT CEILING HIKE THWARTED
Democrats got rid of the filibuster for executive judicial appointments in 2013, bringing the number of votes needed to confirm a judge to a simple majority.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.