Republican Voting Suppression Laws Based On ‘A Trumpian Lie’

May 25, 2021

The real danger to the T-Rump’s Big Lie is the shit-filled-sanctimonious attempts by Republicans to pass voting suppression laws to supposedly ‘protect‘ the ballot box — lying to further a lie (h/t tweet Susie):

All this shit is a way-danger to this country. Not only are Republican-led states shitting on free elections, but are pushing a lie to make the system respond — last week FiveThirtyEight studied the scenario and found it despicable:

“I liken it to a quack doctor holding up an X-ray, pointing to something going, ‘See, see, see?’ and getting the person to believe that there’s something really there on that X-ray that requires expensive and dangerous surgery,” said Carol Anderson, a professor of African American studies at Emory University, of Republican efforts to pass new voter restrictions even though there is no evidence of voter fraud in the election.
“We had an election that was amazing in the midst of a pandemic. And instead of applauding themselves for it, they went with a Trumpian lie.”

Understanding how new voting restrictions will influence our elections is difficult. Political science hasn’t found that these types of laws have that big of an effect, at least as individual measures.
But, while laws that make it more taxing to vote are not new, the current onslaught of voting restrictions and changes to how elections will be administered is not something we’ve grappled with on this scale.
Additionally, there is their nakedly partisan origins — nearly 90-percent of the voting laws proposed or enacted in 2021 were sponsored primarily or entirely by Republican legislators — and the fact that these laws are likely to have a greater impact on Black and brown voters, who are less likely to vote Republican.

Jennifer McCoy, a political scientist at Georgia State University who studies the effects of polarization on democracy, told me that she thought the current emphasis on voter restrictions boiled down to Republicans thinking they could appeal to Trump’s base by codifying his baseless claims of voter fraud.
“[Republicans] know they have to attract Donald Trump supporters who now believe there is fraud,” said McCoy.
“So a large part of the current efforts to change voter laws was a direct response to this last election.”

Collectively, these developments point to the democratic backsliding we’ve already seen in Republican-controlled states over the past couple of decades. From 2000 to 2018, the most significant predictor of eroding democratic health in a state was whether Republicans ran the state government, according to a study by Jacob Grumbach of the University of Washington.
And in the aftermath of the 2020 election, we’ve only seen this come into clearer focus, as Republicans in states Biden carried sought to void the results or proposed legislation to make that possible in the future.

Go read the whole piece, it’s eye-opening. And a pisser.
Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post this morning, after examining the host of bullshit GQP-led laws wrongly ‘securing’ the voting booth, concludes:

The problem with voter restrictions is not merely because they are based on the “big lie” that the election was stolen.
The problem is much more fundamental: They do not do what they say (i.e., make voting more secure) and disproportionately impact certain voters.
The media should demand that Republicans explain what purpose — other than discouraging voting — these bills serve.

Yes it is, but hopefully, maybe, it might be getting there.

Even Chris Cillizza can have some rightful, decent observations on occasion:


(Illustration out front: Edvard Munch‘s ‘The Scream,’ lithograph version, found here).

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