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Ted Cruz Gets OWNED By A Group Of Election Experts For Defending ‘Racist’ Texas Voter Law

During a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to defend the honor of his state by suggesting that the Texas voter suppression law passed earlier this year isn’t racist. But all he accomplished was making himself look like a clueless fool.

Cruz was questioning a panel of election experts about whether or not the new Texas voting law (along with its voter ID requirements) is inherently racist.

Franita Tolson, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, told Cruz that not all voter ID laws are the same because some allow for many forms of identification — student IDs, utility bills, etc. — while others such as the one in Texas only allow for a driver’s license to be used as “valid” ID. That makes it a form of poll tax, which is inherently biased against people of color and those of modest financial means.

That led Cruz to ask:

“So, what voter ID laws are racist?”

Tolson told him the Texas law was a perfect example of a racist voter ID law.

Cruz then tried to go at the matter another way, asking:

“OK, so you think the entire state of Texas is racist. What about requiring an ID to vote is racist.”

Tolson replied:

“So, I think this is pretty reductive, sir. I didn’t say that the entire state of Texas is racist.”

Cruz:

“You just said my state of Texas!”

The professor corrected Cruz:

“Your voter ID law.”

Trying to clarify and regain his footing, Cruz told Tolson:

“The voter I.D. law is.”

Tolson reiterated what she’d already said and then expanded on her answer:

“Absolutely. So, the fact that the voter I.D. law was put into place to diminish the power of Latinos with racist intent and was found to have racist intent.”

An incredulous Cruz queried:

“What’s your evidence for that?”

And that’s when Professor Tolson let Cruz know he had just asked a question he should never have uttered:

“The federal district court that first resolved the intentionality of Texas’ voter ID law.”

Game, set, and match Professor Tolson.

 

But that wasn’t good enough for the Texas senator. He then compounded his humiliation by asking every witness if they thought the Texas voter ID law was indeed racist.

Every single one of them emphatically said yes.

Ted Cruz has a reputation of being a brilliant legal theorist who excelled at Princeton and later at Harvard. But he really should have known better than to defend a blatantly racist law. The fact that he didn’t suggests he’s not nearly as bright as advertised.

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Abortion GOP

Restrictive Texas Abortion Law Has Already Become The State’s ‘Worst Nightmare’

Republicans in the state of Texas are in one hell of a fix now as a result of their passing the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation, and it could wind up having both legal and political consequences,

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was a guest on “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday evening, and he explained that news the first doctor is being sued under the Texas law proves just how bad the legislation is.

Cooper kicked off the discussion by noting that the people who filed suit against the Texas doctor aren’t exactly model citizens and don’t even live in the Lone Star State:

“One of the first legal challenges has come from someone on house arrest, another from a lawyer who has been disbarred. I mean any — under this law, anybody can just make a complaint?”

Toobin responded:

“This law in many respects is the worst nightmare of the anti-abortion forces, the people who are behind this law. It just underlines how ridiculous it is. I mean, you have this disbarred lawyer in Arkansas under house arrest filing one lawsuit. Some random person in Chicago filing the other lawsuit. I mean, how and why they should be able to sue a doctor in San Antonio for doing something that is, at least at this moment, protected under the United States Constitution is just crazy. But it is apparently what this law allows.”

This initial lawsuit, Toobin predicted, could be the one that helps obliterate the Texas law in the courts:

“And what the advantage that Nancy Northrup and and the other people are defending the doctor have, finally a judge will be able to say this law is unconstitutional. Because of the strange structure of the law, so far the Supreme Court have thrown up hands saying, there is not really a challenge here. It’s premature. And they haven’t ruled on the constitutionality and this law is now depriving women of the rights that they’re guaranteed into its third week. This — these lawsuits should finally get the question of whether the law is constitutional before a judge.”

The Texas anti-choice law could also wind up having political consequences for Republicans in the state, especially Gov. Greg Abbott, who is facing an uncertain bid for reelection next year with his approval rating cratering and likely facing a formidable Democratic opponent, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is reportedly considering a run in 2022.

What a mess the Texas GOP has created. And they have no one to blame but themselves.

 

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Texas Doctor Admits That He Just Violated The State’s ‘Extreme’ Anti-Abortion Law

Even though Texas has passed the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country, Dr. Alan Braid is admitting in a very public way — an op-ed in The Washington Post — that he performed an abortion and is in direct violation of the law.

Dr. Braid begins by noting that he started his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1972, a year before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal nationwide:

“At the hospital that year, I saw three teenagers die from illegal abortions. One I will never forget. When she came into the ER, her vaginal cavity was packed with rags. She died a few days later from massive organ failure, caused by a septic infection.”

Roe changed everything for those who provide health care to women, Braid goes on to explain, but he fears the bad old days may be about to return in the Lone Star State:

“Then, this month, everything changed. A new Texas law, known as S.B. 8, virtually banned any abortion beyond about the sixth week of pregnancy. It shut down about 80 percent of the abortion services we provide. Anyone who suspects I have violated the new law can sue me for at least $10,000. They could also sue anybody who helps a person obtain an abortion past the new limit, including, apparently, the driver who brings a patient to my clinic.

“For me, it is 1972 all over again.”

What did Dr. Braid do? What a doctor should do: He put the needs of his patient above the law and performed an abortion:

“And that is why, on the morning of Sept. 6, I provided an abortion to a woman who, though still in her first trimester, was beyond the state’s new limit. I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care.”

“I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly. Represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, my clinics are among the plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit to stop S.B. 8.

“I have daughters, granddaughters and nieces. I believe abortion is an essential part of health care. I have spent the past 50 years treating and helping patients. I can’t just sit back and watch us return to 1972.”

Braid says he realizes there could be legal consequences for his actions. But he did what he believed was right as a medical professional:

We need more doctors like Alan Braid. And we need fewer politicians who are eager and willing to stick their noses where they don’t belong out of political expediency.

 

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Coronavirus Joe Biden WTF?!

Constitutionally Ignorant Greg Abbott Says His Executive Orders ‘Supersede’ Joe Biden’s

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is under the mistaken illusion that any executive order he issues is stronger than any issued by President Joe Biden, suggesting that the governor has never read the United States Constitution.

Appearing on Fox News to discuss an executive order Biden signed last week mandating that all federal employees and businesses with over 100 employees be vaccinated for COVID-19, Abbott remarked:

“As you point out, it is states and governors who have the authority. I issued an executive order already in existence that prohibits any government from imposing a vaccine mandate on my fellow Texans. So we are going to have a constitutional showdown. I believe that the governor’s orders will supersede the president’s orders because the president does not have the authority to impose this.”

However, endless court decisions have made it clear over the centuries that a president’s executive order and any federal law always trumps what a state may seek to do. The Constitution also clearly spells out that federal laws and orders always supersede those of any state, even a state with an attitude as big as Texas’ clueless governor, who appears to be angling for higher office, provided he can manage to win reelection next year, which isn’t guaranteed thanks to his dismal handling of the pandemic in the Lone Star State.

If Abbott (or any other governors) want to take Biden to court, they’re welcome to, but they’ll just the same way governors have historically lost when it comes to federal supremacy.

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Abbott: Texas Women Who Are Raped Won’t Need Abortions Because I’ll ‘Eliminate All Rapists’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Tuesday that women in his state who are raped need not worry they won’t be able to get an abortion because he plans to “eliminate all rapists” in the Lone Star State.

At a signing ceremony for yet another piece of bad legislation (which makes it harder to vote in Texas), Abbott was asked:

“Why force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term?”

The governor responded:

“It doesn’t require that at all because obviously, it provides at least six weeks for a person to get an abortion. That said, however, let’s make something clear. Rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them.”

No need to worry, ladies. Gov. Abbott is going to do what has never been done in the history of the world: Completely eliminate rape by arresting all the rapists and prosecuting them for the crime. Why didn’t anyone think of that sooner? This Abbott guy must be a freaking genius!

Actually, he’s as dumb as a damn stump.

What Abbott conveniently neglected to mention was that rape is already an underrated crime because women feel shame when it happens to them. And yet now Texas wants to all but guarantee that women and girls who are raped or victims of incest have no choice but to give birth. It’s beyond horrific; it’s inhumane and outright torture.

Even worse, for Abbott to pretend he actually gives a damn is also perverse. If he cared, it wouldn’t have signed the anti-abortion law in the first place. If he cared, he wouldn’t try to make it harder for people to vote.

But like nearly every Republican in today’s GOP, Greg Abbott only cares about himself and his own self-aggrandizement. Everyone else is secondary to his political ambitions. Too bad there isn’t a law to cover that crime.