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Jen Psaki Swats Down Fox Reporter For Suggesting Concern About Voting Rights Is ‘Funny’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki wasn’t about to let Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy make light of voting rights in the United States, and she expertly swatted him down during Wednesday’s daily press briefing.

Doocy began by bringing up Texas Democrats who have left the state to keep Republicans from passing new voting restrictions, asking:

“About voting rights and Texas lawmakers who have come to Washington, do you know of any examples from his thirty six years in the senate that Joe Biden just hopped on a train and left town to avoid a vote that he knew that he was going to lose?”

Psaki replied:

“I think that the president’s view is these Texas legislators were making a statement through action in opposition to efforts in their state to oppose restrictions on people’s fundamental rights and the right to vote in their state. That is why they departed. The vice president met with these legislators yesterday. And the president, I should say, certainly applies their action and outspoken opposition to efforts to put in place restrictive measures in their state.”

That led Doocy to sarcastically respond:

“Maybe it’s funny to think about it that way.”

But the press secretary was having none of it, and she quickly shot Doocy down:

“I don’t think anything about this is funny. I think what is important to note though here is that there are 28 states, including Texas, where there are laws in place or in process to make it harder to vote and it requires bold action, it requires bold voices to speak out against that and make sure people understand their rights.”

Doocy thought he’d try and attack the administration again with this query:

“Does the candidate who is now  president who told people who knew how to make deals with Republicans, he’s meeting with Republicans today, does he think the best way to prevent something that he thinks is back from happening is for lawmakers to be hiding out in a different state or to go back and sit at the table?”

But the press secretary was more than ready for that one, too, telling the Fox flunky:

“The president believes you should work together in areas where you can find agreement, as he is on a bipartisan infrastructure framework that will help rebuild roadways, railways and bridges around our country. Also, that you should be outspoken where you have concerns about affronts to democracy.”

Game, set, and match, Jen Psaki.

Here’s the video of Psaki smacking down Doofus Doocy:

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Congress Elections U.S. Senate

Senate Democrats Say They Have A Way Of Passing Voting Rights Bill Without Touching The Filibuster

Though it may have seemed that Senate Republicans were going to be able to filibuster the For the People Act voting rights bill indefinitely, news from Democrats on Capitol Hill is giving the legislation new life.

On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and was asked what other options Democrats might have for passing voting rights legislation. Klobuchar replied:

“Well, there`s a lot of things. We`re working on an infrastructure package right now. And there’s going to — you know, there’s the bipartisan group that’s negotiating hard, but there’s also going to be a second package, and we can include election infrastructure in there.”

Yes! Election infrastructure would include money for securing our elections and providing funding for states to expand their voter registration efforts while also assuring federal oversight of states that are trying to make it more difficult for people to vote.

John Stoehr then followed up on Klobuchar’s remarks:

Reconciliation only requires a simple majority to pass the Senate, meaning that if all 50 Democrats voted in favor and all 50 Republicans voted against, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote and the For the People Act would become the law of the land, making all of voter suppression laws in various states (Georgia, Texas, etc.) invalid because federal law always trumps state.

Also this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department will file suit against Georgia for their package of voter suppression bills that passed the general assembly earlier this year and were promptly signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

 

All of this is certain to infuriate Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but there’s not a damn thing he can do about it. Once the Senate parliamentarian signs off on the election infrastructure bill, a vote can be held and the For the People Act will become the law of the land.

Democrats are about to pull off a something worth celebrating: Making sure every eligible American voter can vote easily and without interference from Republicans.

Suck on THAT, Moscow Mitch!

 

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Elections Voting Rights

Trump’s ‘Expert’ On Voter Fraud Is Registered To Vote In Three States

According to Donald Trump, Gregg Phillips of True the Vote is an absolute expert on the topic of voter fraud in the United States. Phillips claims he will soon be presenting evidence that anywhere from 3-5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

And yet we now discover that Phillips, for all of his passionate fervor on the topic of voter fraud, is registered to vote in three states: Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.

Both Phillips and Trump have made a very big deal out of Americans who are registered to vote in more than one state. Yet a simple check by the Associated Press found that Phillips is guilty of the same “fraud” he accuses others of being involved in. And some of Trump’s own family are also registered in multiple states.

The AP found that Phillips was registered in Alabama and Texas under the name Gregg Allen Phillips, with an identical Social Security number. Mississippi voter registration rolls list him under the name Gregg A. Phillips, and that also includes the final four digits of Phillips’ Social Security number, his correct date of birth, and even a prior address matching one once attached to Gregg Allen Phillips.

Just last week, Trump announced he would instruct federal officials to investigate voter fraud, commenting:

“When you look at the people that are registered, dead, illegal and two states, and some cases maybe three states, we have a lot to look into.”

Contacted by phone Monday and asked about his multiple voter registrations, Phillips had this to say:

“Why would I know or care?

“Doesn’t that just demonstrate how broken the system is? That is not fraud — that is a broken system. We need a national ID that travels with people.”

Actually, what it demonstrates, Mr. Phillips, is that you’re a hypocritical assclown who is trying to make money off lies that you have spread far and wide and even managed to convince the simple-minded head of state are true.

So when the big federal investigation is conducted, I suggest we indict and prosecute Gregg Phillips–along with Tiffany Trump and Jared Kushner–for voter fraud and throw the book at them. That would send the message that voter fraud will not be tolerated in any form or by any American.

Sound good to you, too, Donald?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Elections Voting Rights

Man Claims He Has All 3 Million Illegal Voters’ Names – And ‘Threatens’ To Release Them

Perhaps you were wondering exactly where Donald Trump got his bizarre (not to mention patently false) figure that some 3 million people voted illegally in 2016 and therefore caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

The man behind the dubious claims is named Greg Phillips, and now this con man (no wonder Trump likes him so much) says he may just release the names of all the people who committed voter fraud last November.

First, some background: On November 13, just five days after Trump was declared the winner of the election, Phillips made this posting on Twitter, which we all know is Donald Trump’s favorite source of “news” and other alternative facts:

https://twitter.com/JumpVote/status/797843232436748288

After making his claim, resident lugnut and full-time bullshit artist Alex Jones grabbed ahold of the lie Phillips had propagated and began spreading it far and wide on his website, InfoWars. Trump, who is also fond of conspiracy theories, picked up the information from Jones and began spouting it out whenever he was reminded that he lost the popular vote by the same 3 million votes Phillips and Jones had fashioned into their latest golden calf, ready for worship by other right-wing halfwits.

Now Phillips has given an interview to the Daily Beast and is making even more ridiculous claims:

“If I had my druthers, and they said, ‘Gregg, you can release your list or you can give it to [the Department of Justice],’ I’d instantly agree to give it over to DOJ. They could bump it up against the Homeland Security file. There’s a group of us who don’t think we should release the names at all.”

Yet when reporters have repeatedly asked for the list, Phillips told them this via Twitter:

“We will release it in open form to the American people. We won’t allow the media to spin this first.”

So what is Phillips waiting for? An engraved invitation? Do we have to fall to our knees and beg for the list? Or might it be that he’s so full of crap that he has no list and is just engaging in a pathetic attempt to get his 15 minutes of fame?

Phillips now says his reluctance to release his “list” is based on not wanting to identify someone who might not have done anything wrong:

“That’s exactly what’s taking so long. Rather than publishing things that might be wrong, we not only just want to do a quality check on our own algorithm, we want to do an internal audit, if you will.

“I committed from the outset to publish all of this data to the public. I’m gonna let the public see everything we’ve done. Our analysis, everything, will be published. We will also give copies to the federal government. We’re gonna publish the entire data set.”

Sure thing, Greg. You’re gonna release the list the day after pigs start flying and unicorns appear on every street.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Civil Rights Discrimination Racism Voting Rights WTF?!

Georgia Town Sending Cops To Homes Of Black Residents To Challenge Voting Rights

If you thought the intimidation of black voters was something that disappeared with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, then you need to pay a visit to the small town of Sparta, Georgia, where police officers are now going door-to-door and challenging the voting rights of African-American voters in Sparta. Specifically, the Hancock County Board of Elections and Registration has been:

“Systematically questioning the registrations of more than 180 (black residents) by dispatching deputies with summonses commanding them to appear in person to prove their residence or lose their voting rights.”

It should be noted that those 180 black residents of Sparta make up roughly one fifth of Sparta’s total registered voters.

A lawsuit has now been filed alleging that the Hancock County Board of Elections initiated their policy of intimidation in order to  help white candidates win more elections in Sparta. County attorney Barry Fleming said the challenges to black voters have nothing at all to do with race:

“The allegations that people were denied the right to vote are the opposite of the truth. This is probably more about politics and power than race.”

Marion Warren, a Sparta elections official, said the experience of having police show up at your door could indeed be more than a bit frightening:

“A lot of those people that was challenged probably didn’t vote, even though they weren’t proven to be wrong. People just do not understand why a sheriff is coming to their house to bring them a subpoena, especially if they haven’t committed any crime.”

But the fact remains that no one should ever be questioned by police about whether or not their voter registration is legal and be forced to prove their address is correct. Such things take place in police states, and this country is supposed to stand for ideals much higher than those of totalitarian nations we claim to despise.

This article was originally published by the same author at Liberal America.org