Legendary musician Stevie Wonder and University of Alabama head Coach Nick Saban pressed Democratic holdouts to vote with their party on the upcoming election bills.
Wonder released a video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, calling on Democratic holdouts Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Freedom to Vote Act, and to abolish the filibuster.
“Any senator who cannot support the protection of voting rights in the United States of America cannot say that they support the Constitution,” he said. “Stop the hypocrisy, cut the bull-tish.”
“If you care and support our rights, do the hard work,” the “Superstition” singer continued. “You can’t please everybody, but you can protect all of us. And to keep it all the way real: The filibuster is not working for democracy. Why won’t you?”
Saban, along with NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, and three others sent an open letter to Manchin last week, “urging Congress to exercise its Constitutional responsibility to enact laws that set national standards for the conduct of Federal elections and for decisions that determine election outcomes.”
They want Manchin to support The Freedom To Vote Act, which they pointed out that he sponsored, to “protect the rights of voters and the integrity of outcomes in all Federal elections.”
The group said they “have been rivals in sports or business,” but are all “certain that democracy is best when voting is open to everyone on a level playing field; the referees are neutral; and at the end of the game the final score is respected and accepted.”
The letter accuses Republican politicians of trying to “secure partisan advantage by eliminating reliable practices with proven safeguards and substituting practices ripe for manipulation,” through GOP supported state laws that restrict mail-in ballots and require voter ID.
Both Saban and West, who are West Virginia natives, endorsed Manchin for reelection in 2018, when he defeated Republican state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.