On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about recent state election reforms across the country. The title of the hearing itself was an offensive and insensitive characterization of the reforms, saying they are a repeat of the discriminatory voting laws in the Jim Crow South.
RM @ChuckGrassley: "The title of this hearing is offensive. . . This title diminishes the very real challenges and unfairness that minorities endured in the Jim Crow South at the hands of Southern Democrats. . . Polarizing rhetoric that distorts history is not helpful."— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) April 20, 2021
The testimony of Representative Burgess Owens underscores just how "disgusting and offensive" the Democrats' rhetoric is.
Jim Crow laws like poll taxes, property tests, literacy tests, and violence and intimidation at the polls made it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote.— Rep. Burgess Owens (@RepBurgessOwens) April 20, 2021
I remember legalized institutional racism, and these comparisons to Georgia are outrageous and offensive. pic.twitter.com/I9n35vRdEG
Much of the hearing focussed on Georgia's new election law. Despite essentially being fact checked in real time, Democrat members of the Committee and their witnesses continued to spread false information about the law. As Georgia Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones noted during the hearing, "If you say something often enough, however inaccurate it is, people will tend to believe it."
The Left is inaccurately portraying the Georgia Election Law...especially in regards to voter access.— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) April 20, 2021
"If you say something often enough, however inaccurate it is, people will tend to believe it." -@JanJonesGA
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Senator Lee confronted Senator Durbin directly after Senator Durbin implied that Republicans had assumed the position of segregationist era Democrats.
Senator Warnock, appearing as a witness, also mischaracterized Republicans in the context of history.
A secondary focus of today's hearing was "The Corrupt Politicians Act" and the threatened federal takeover of our elections. The main witness on this issue, New Hampshire's Democrat Secretary of State Bill Gardner, highlighted how his state's election system would be upended if the proposed legislation passes.
I was pleased to introduce New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner during today’s Judiciary Committee hearing.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) April 20, 2021
Free & fair elections shouldn’t be a partisan issue, & Sec. Gardner is well positioned to talk about how federalizing our state-based system would wreck havoc. pic.twitter.com/2Qzl3pSfkV
Of note, one of the Democrats' witnesses, Stacey Abrams, still won't admit she lost Georgia's 2018 gubernatorial race.
Sen @tedcruz: "Yes or no, do you still maintain the 2018 election was stolen?"@staceyabrams: "It was stolen from the voters of Georgia. We do not know what they would have done because not every eligible Georgian was permitted to participate fully in the election." pic.twitter.com/gGv5P9WWBo— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 20, 2021
Democrats want to fundamentally change the election system in the United States, and they're creating a false narrative about state election laws to help them do it.