In the requested proposals to be included in the $2 trillion package that passed last week were reforms to make it easier for US citizens to vote. Of course, these proposals were shot down and never made it into the passed bill. There’s always been accusations that both parties engage in practices to distort voting when it serves their purposes. A familiar quote from a Republican elite:
“I don’t want everybody to vote,” Paul Weyrich, an influential conservative activist, said in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
It is rare, however, for an elected official to admit this on camera.
Yesterday, the President admitted on Fox & Friends that voter suppression benefits Republicans.
The president made the comments as he dismissed a Democratic-led push for reforms such as vote-by-mail, same-day registration and early voting as states seek to safely run elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The things they had in there were crazy. They had things, levels of voting that if you’d ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again,” Trump said during an appearance on Fox & Friends. “They had things in there about election days and what you do and all sorts of clawbacks.