Republicans denounced President Joe Biden following a report that Stacey Abrams, the prominent Georgia Democrat, and gubernatorial candidate, did not attend Biden’s important voting rights address Tuesday because of a scheduling error. "There’s bad, and then there’s ‘Gubernatorial candidate in a state you carried cancels on you’ bad,’' Ben Williamson, an adviser for former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows' twitter. [tweet_embed] January 11, 2022[/tweet_embed] He retweeted a post from New York Times reporter Nick Coransanti, who cited an Abrams aide. The reason for the scheduling conflict was not clear. An Abrams aide confirmed reports and told Fox News she has a conflict but expressed the candidate's support of the president. The idea that a candidate for governor would miss a meeting with the president that carried the state seemed almost incomprehensible for some on social media. Matt Whitlock, a Republican communicator, tweeted, "Still can’t get over this." "How toxic does Biden have to be for Stacey Abrams to be like ‘ah sorry I have other plans for an event about her *signature issue.*" The Times' report stressed that Biden’s speech on Tuesday in Atlanta was missing other significant individuals besides Abrams, who the paper pointed out, funded the event in a Twitter post. James Woodall, the former President of the NAACP, told the Times that there is no necessity for more speeches. "We don’t need any more photo ops. We need action, and that actually is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, as well as the Freedom to Vote Act—and we need that immediately," he told the paper. [tweet_embed] January 11, 2022[/tweet_embed] Biden was in Georgia with Vice President Kamala Harris to make his pitch to the American people. They visited Ebenezer Baptist Church and place a wreath at the crypt of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. "The President will forcefully advocate for protecting the most bedrock American right, the right to vote and have your voice counted in a free and fair and secure election that is not tainted by partisan manipulation," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. In an interview last month, Biden said that he would promote an exemption to the Senate’s filibuster rule when it comes to the Act that passed the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year but hit an obstruction in the Senate by the Republicans. Getting rid of the filibuster rule would lower the standard 60-vote threshold for passage to 50. In the split 50-50 Senate, Harris can break a tie, allowing Democrats to bypass Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Biden in March that he risked a "scorched earth" Congress if he supported efforts to end the filibuster. [tweet_embed] January 11, 2022[/tweet_embed] Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., set up Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 17 as the deadline to either pass the voting legislation or consider revising the rules.