On Monday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who was named one of seven impeachment managers by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump, ripped Republicans for their efforts to restore election integrity across the nation while smearing them as racists, tweeting, “The Civil War ended in 1865 and the racists lost. Get over it.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) fired back on Twitter with a blunt reminder of exactly which party had the history of racism, snapping, “You’re right, the Democrats lost.”
Crenshaw also offered some evidence to support his assertion:
Appearing on Spectrum News NY1, Jeffries was asked if President Biden had exaggerated when he stated on Tuesday, “The assault on free and fair elections is just such a threat, literally. I’ve said it before: We’re are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on January the 6th. I’m not saying this to alarm you; I’m saying this because you should be alarmed.”
“He’s not exaggerating at all,” Jeffries replied. “The Republican party has adopted voter suppression as an electoral strategy. Which is a shame because the modern history here in America post the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has largely been — this was a settled question. The right to vote was a sacred thing, an important part of our democracy.”
Then Jeffries implied that Republican efforts stemmed from racist reaction to the election of Barack Obama, fulminating that the GOP efforts were part of a “voter suppression epidemic,” saying, “Every time the Voting Rights was reauthorized and signed back into law, it happened four times since 1965, it was signed into law by a Republican president; Richard Nixon, 1970, 1975, Gerald Ford, 1982, Ronald Reagan, 2006, George W. Bush. So what happened? Many of us believe the election of Barack Obama in 2008 began to change the perspective of some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle when they saw what was possible with America changing. And all of a sudden, the bipartisan nature of the right to vote dissipated and the voter suppression epidemic began. So this is a constitutional crisis.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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