Just ahead of debate in the Senate on the For The People Act that would expand voting rights and prevent voter suppression, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) smeared the legislation as a Democratic “power grab.”
Republicans have been pushing voter suppression bills in states across the country to disenfranchise Americans, particularly Americans of color, in a scheme to choose who gets to vote so they can stay in power or retake power they have already lost. Nowhere is this more evident than in Georgia, where Republicans passed a Jim Crow voter suppression law in response to disgraced former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 Election.
Their effort is all about rigging the vote, whereas Democrats have offered an election reform bill in Congress that would do away with these kinds of anti-democratic tactics. Indeed, the For The People Act would restrict gerrymandering, expand vote by mail, and make access to the ballot easier for all Americans so everyone’s voice is heard.
Of course, Republicans fear such a reality because they can only win elections by picking their voters. So, McConnell smeared the bill on Twitter.
Democrats’ partisan power-grab “election reform” bill is not about voting rights. It’s about letting Washington Democrats control the terms of political debate and all 50 states’ election laws.
Republicans will expose this attempted D.C. takeover in tomorrow’s hearing. pic.twitter.com/Qv2FoAQEJK
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) May 10, 2021
Except it’s not a “partisan power grab” at all because the legislation gives every American the opportunity to vote without roadblocks being put in their way. It should also be pointed out that a majority of Americans, including Republican voters, support the bill.
Twitter users bashed McConnell’s attack and called him out for being a hypocrite since his party voted in support of overthrowing democracy after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6th in a deadly attempted insurrection to install Trump as a dictator. That’s a true power grab.
Never has one man been such a drag on America.
— TC (@TJCChicago) May 10, 2021
It’s a power grab “for the people” that’s how democracy works.
— Denise Wu (@denisewu) May 10, 2021
Republicans made a HUGE deal of 9/11/12 (Benghazi) & launched 7 Congressional investigations.
But Republicans want to completely erase 1/6/21, & are killing investigations into their planned insurrection & coverup.
— Happy Chichester (@HappyChichester) May 10, 2021
but they haven’t limited any ones right to vote. unlike say all the repub run legislators
— pollyanna thibodeau (@pollyannathibo1) May 10, 2021
When someone looks up the word hypocrite in the dictionary, they see a photo of Mitch McConnell right there!
— Randall (@R_Johnson05) May 10, 2021
So helping every citizen vote, and making it illegal for these red states to do everything possible to suppress votes is a power grab?
By the way, what have you done for the American people in, oh, say, the past two decades? Please be specific.
— Steve (@BroomallSteve) May 10, 2021
Partisan? you flat out stated (as always) you are 100 percent focused on blocking this administration.
— martin mailloux (@martyl964) May 10, 2021
Republican power grab pic.twitter.com/goFLTfLEIS
— Jay Carr (@jaydcarr) May 10, 2021
Voting rights need to be protected. It’s the only way to truly guarantee election integrity in this country.
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