In a visit to Atlanta to urge the Senate to get rid of the filibuster in an attempt to pass voting rights legislation, President Joe Biden was 'insulted' by a reporter’s question asking why Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will not be at his voting rights speech, reiterating that it was merely a scheduling mix-up.

"Any thoughts on Stacey Abrams skipping your speech today, sir? Are you insulted she's skipping your speech?" a reporter asked the president at the White House, as reported by Fox News.

“I spoke to Stacey this morning. We have a great relationship,” Biden told the reporter. “We got our scheduling mixed up. I talked to her at length this morning. We're all on the same page, and everything's fine... I’m insulted that you asked the question.”

US politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams called new Georgia legislation to tighten voting rules "Jim Crow 2.0"
US politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams called new Georgia legislation to tighten voting rules "Jim Crow 2.0" AFP / Eric BARADAT

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was also addressed with inquiries about Abrams' nonattendance on the way to Georgia, saying that “[Biden] understands scheduling conflicts and how they appear in your life… We have a full plane of congressional leaders and advocates for voting rights.”

CNN reports that an alliance of Georgia-based voting rights groups will boycott Biden's impending visit to Atlanta, pushing for tangible action rather than what they describe as a "photo op."

"We don't need even more photo ops. We need action,” Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter said. “That action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act as well as the Freedom to Vote Act, and we need that immediately."

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