Kennedy told Fox News’ “Hannity” that although he was “sorry” that at least six Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, DC last week to delay a controversial reform bill. elections tested positive for the coronavirus, they were “playing the victim” over the legislation “when they have no basis to play the victim”.
“They fit in really well here in Washington, DC, because in Washington, DC, if there hadn’t been a double standard, there wouldn’t be any standard at all,” Kennedy told the host. Sean Hannity. “This place, as you know, looks a lot like high school, except no one ever graduates. “
At least 51 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives and at least nine members of the Texas State Senate traveled to Washington last week to prevent the legislature from reaching quorum in the 30-day special session which debuted on July 13. The Texas Senate passed its version of electoral reform legislation last week, but the measure is stalled due to insufficient numbers of MPs present to move forward.
Republicans say the bill – which bans drive-thru and 24-hour polling stations, bans ballot boxes, adds voter identification requirements for mail ballots and empowers observers polling supporters – is designed to ensure the integrity of the vote by preventing fraud. Democrats say the legislation would make it harder for poor people and minorities to vote.
“It doesn’t take away anybody’s vote,” Kennedy said Tuesday. “This allows for a very generous early vote, a very generous absentee vote. Yes, you need a voter card. The people of Texas need to prove that they are who they say they are when they vote. The American people support this. The American people want it.
“And I say kindly to my Democratic friends in Texas,” continued the senator, “if you do not see the need for it, then there is one of two circumstances here. Either you are so stupid, you lose your place during sex or you want to cheat. And those are your two choices.
Republicans from states like Georgia and Florida have been rushing to enact similar “voter integrity” laws since the 2020 presidential election, which saw an unprecedented relaxation of voting rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats, led by President Biden, have decried these efforts as an attempt, in the president’s words, to implement “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
“I don’t care your opinion on the results of the last election, no impartial person can deny that it was more than a goat rodeo,” Kennedy argued. “I mean, we had ballots flying like confetti. Various states sent out 44 million unsolicited ballots. We had interference with poll observers. We had ballots on the wazoo. We have had state executive officials unilaterally changing election laws without consulting their state legislature, which constitutionally has the final say.
“Some of this, I understand, might have been necessary,” the lawmaker added. “We had to make some changes to take into account the coronavirus and the public safety of people. But… no impartial person can refer, in terms of process, to the last election and say that it was a model of efficiency. So that is what most of these bills do.