“This will help,” Clyburn said in an interview with CBS News. “The things that he will be doing, going forward, I think he’s going to be doing some things on voting that may surprise some people, and a few other things.”
“His numbers will go up,” Clyburn said.
There has been no official confirmation of possible voting changes from either the White House staff or President Biden.
Democrats were dealt a major blow earlier this year with the legislative defeat of a controversial, anti-democratic voting overhaul, HR1, which would have helped them to secure permanent majorities by codifying many of the abuses that occurred during the 2020 race under the pretense of a pandemic emergency.
Democrat officials in several battleground states have been accused of flagrantly ignoring their own constitutions and potentially committing crimes such as bribery and fraud to help swing the Electoral College count in Biden’s favor.
Although all Senate Democrats supported the HR1 bill, that was insufficient to overcome the 60-vote threshold in the evenly-split legislative body. Instead, they attempted a vote to eliminate the filibuster, a longstanding safeguard to prevent such one-party rule.
Like that failed effort to toss out democratic norms in the legislative process, any effort by Biden to overhaul elections through executive fiat would likely be met with considerable outrage and resistance.
Clyburn went on to compare Biden to President Harry Truman, saying both presidents had a “steel will” that helped them to perservere amidst strong disapproval numbers.
“His style, his demeanor, reminds me a lot of Harry Truman,” he explained.
Truman was left to clean up the mess after World War II after four-term President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office.
Biden, likewise, promised to end the global coronavirus pandemic and restore America’s economy but thus far has failed to do so. Instead, his policies have exacerbated a litany of global crises.
Clyburn, however, remained optimistic that America’s fortunes—and Biden’s by extension—would turn before the next election.
“I think people will remember that Harry Truman’s numbers were always soft,” he said.
“… This president is doing a great job,” Clyburn continued, “… and I think that we’ll all see that at the polls—not the ones taking place now.”
In the same interview, Clyburn discussed the recent confirmation hearing of Ketanji Brown Jackson and accused Republicans of racism for asking her questions about her judicial record and her support for Critical Race Theory in elementary schools.
“I think the Republicans sort of took this in a place that none of us thought a party would go to begin with,” he claimed, while ignoring the circus-like hearings for recent conservative nominees.
“Why are you arguing about a private school and what they teach first-, second-, and third-graders?” he asked.
“Race is a fact in this—the racial problem is a fact in this country,” he further claimed. “And you don’t solve problems by pretending they don’t exist. And we saw questionings that seemed to indicate that we’re going to just pretend we don’t have this kind of a problem.”
Clyburn, 81, has been serving as representative for the state of South Carolina since 1983 and is the only black Democrat representing the state in Congress.
Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.