On Thursday, there were protests in defense of voting rights on Capitol Hill, one of which was led by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Beatty and other black women were arrested for their protests, which they knew they likely would be. But they had brought attention to the need for voting rights legislation and made their point.
Afterwards, posted a strong, defiant message on Twitter to let the world know she and her fellow protesters won’t be silenced and won’t stop protesting until Congress passes comprehensive legislation to address the wave of voting restrictions being passed by GOP-controlled states across the country:
Beatty also shared photos of her and her fellow protesters before they were arrested:
For some reason known only to him, Donald Trump Jr. decided he’d comment on Congresswoman Beatty’s tweets, but he did it in a way that’s typical for him: Like a moronic asshole:
Yes, black women can indeed vote. But it seems Republicans consider them to be a threat to their electoral future, so they want to make it as difficult as possible for people of color to vote. Make no mistake: Voting restrictions are about suppressing the voices of black and brown Americans. They’re a modern-day form of Jim Crow.
Rep. Beatty, however, got the last word on the matter:
Others also joined the parade, verbally slapping Junior down:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is terrified of what he’s facing when he runs for reelection next year.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) has already announced she will seek the Democratic nomination to face Rubio, along with former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who also currently serves in the House. Bothone poll extremely well when pitted against the incumbent Rubio.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, the Orlando Sentinel excoriated Rubio, writing:
“What’s the point of appealing to someone who swore off another Senate run when he ran for president in 2016, then turned around and ran for the Senate? Someone who negotiated a bipartisan immigration reform bill and then campaigned against it?
“We’ve been waiting a decade for Rubio to do the right thing. But the senator is Lucy with the football, and every Floridian who trusts him is Charlie Brown.”
And now the Florida senator is making it clear that he knows if every registered voter in his state casts a ballot next year, he’s going to lose in a landslide.
Speaking with The Floridian, Rubio was asked about legislation Demings will soon be introducing in the House called the “Every Vote Counts Act.” The legislation would federalize elections and supersede laws that have been passed in dozens of states recently, including in Florida.
But to hear Rubio tell it, the bill is a disaster:
So making it easier for people to vote and guaranteeing that everyone who is eligible can cast a ballot is now Marxist? Karl Marx wasn’t exactly a fan of elections. If you doubt that, take a look at what happened when Marxism was instituted on a national scale in the Soviet Union.
Demings explained the reason she sees the need for her bill, and it completely destroys Rubio’s angry rantings:
Republicans don’t want all Americans to have a voice when it comes to elections. They just want their voters to show up and cast a ballot. See, they know they can’t win elections without cheating, so they try to codify their cheating via legislation that restricts the most fundamental right of any representative democracy.
Marco Rubio is a cancer on the Senate. He needs to be booted from office and also needs to go back and take some lessons in history and political science.
Now that we once again have a U.S. Attorney General who believes in protecting the Constitution and the rights of all Americans, the Department of Justice is once again working to make sure that all of us have an equal voice in deciding who represents us and makes the laws that govern our nation.
According to multiple reports, the DOJ under AG Merrick Garland is giving serious considering to suing the state of Georgia for the package of voter suppression restrictions that were signed into law Thursday evening by Governor Brian Kemp (R).
CNN White House correspondent Arlette Saenz reports that President Joe Biden was asked about whether or not the DOJ would indeed challenge voting restrictions in the Peach State:
That’s not all the president had to say on the matter, according to the New York Daily News:
President Biden took blistering aim Friday at Georgia Republicans and suggested they could face Justice Department scrutiny for enacting an ‘outrageous’ law that places ‘Jim Crow’-like restrictions on voting in the critical swing state.
“Biden also told reporters later in the day that Justice Department intervention could be warranted.
“’We don’t know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department’s taking a look as well,’ he said.”
A lawsuit has already been filed in Georgia by several civil rights groups. The Justice Department could either join that action or file its own lawsuit to block implementation of the voting restrictions and eventually have them ruled unconstitutional and therefore illegal.
The Biden administration also continues to push for passage of the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate. While Republicans are expected to try and delay a vote on the bill by using the filibuster, it increasingly looks like Senate Democrats will overhaul the filibuster rules so that the voting rights bill can reach the Senate floor for a vote. With the Senate currently divided 50-50 among the two parties, a tie vote would allow Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote that would make the For the People Act the law of the land.
The DOJ needs to fight the Georgia voting restrictions and get them overturned. If Republicans cannot win elections without cheating, then they should disband their party and admit they’re bereft of any real ideology other than repression.
According to President Trump, millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. That, Trump says, explains why he lost the popular vote by over three million ballots. As with most things, the president offers no proof of his allegations, but scores of his supporters accept his lies as absolute fact.
How pervasive is the false narrative that American elections are unfair and “rigged” as Trump repeatedly asserted? Enough so that a new poll shows 52 percent of Republicans said they would have no problem with the president postponing the 2020 election indefinitely to make sure only American citizens are allowed to vote.
68 percent, think millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election.
73 percent think voter fraud happens somewhat or very often.
Remember that Election Integrity Commission Trump set up to investigate the president’s bogus claims of massive voter fraud? Turns out the first thing they wanted was detailed voter information from registration databases, including the age, address, ethnic background, address, and Social Security numbers of every registered voter in the United States. The vast majority of states told the commission, headed by longtime vote suppression specialist Kris Kobach, to take a hike and refused to hand over such data.
But the commission may have a more sinister purpose: To allege that voter fraud is a nationwide problem and therefore merits that President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress put a hold on elections until the fake problem can be taken care of.
However, should Trump and Congress decided to go down that road, they should be warned that the vast majority of Americans will not support or allow such a blatantly unconstitutional move. What Republicans actually fear most is the wrath of angry voters, and come 2018 and 2020, they may see that anger transformed into wave elections which sweep them from power and make them politically irrelevant.
There was even an executive order drawn up which would have launched this YUGE investigation into voter fraud. So when does said investigation begin?
Turns out it doesn’t.
A senior administration official confirmed to CNN that while such an investigation might happen sometime in the future, it’s no longer a major priority. What?! If 5 million people voted illegally in 2016, shouldn’t that, along with probes into how much influence Russian meddling had in the results, be placed at the top of the agenda? Nope. Because it’s yet another lie from this pathological liar.
Perhaps senior advisers to the Liar-in-Chief informed their boss of a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll which showed that only 1 in 4 Americans–a mere 25 percent–believe Trump when he says voter fraud is rampant in the United States.
It should also be noted that being registered to vote in more than one state is not voter fraud. If it were, President Steve Bannon and Trump’s own daughter, Tiffany, would be under indictment because both are registered in multiple states.
What this is really about is simple: Trump cannot accept the fact that he lost (and to a woman!) so badly. He is not able to wrap his damaged mind around the fact that he is an illegitimate head of state who was not the choice of most Americans. Trump lives under the illusion that everyone loves and supports him.
In a month or so, Trump will probably trot out the voter fraud lie yet again, then back away when he realizes he cannot support his preposterous claims with actual facts. This is the pattern. And just think, we potentially have to put up with this crap for four more years.