Across the country, Republican lawmakers are desperately pushing voter ID laws to keep thousands of low-income women, college students, minorities, and senior citizens from voting in November. In Florida and Texas, thousands of voters are under threat of being purged from the polls because Republicans think they aren’t American citizens, even though the majority of these voters are in fact American citizens.
Spearheading these voter suppression efforts is the conservative think tank known as the Heritage Foundation. The organization and members of the Republican Party claim that these laws and purges are necessary to prevent a very rare occurrence known as voter fraud. The problem is, Republicans have been incapable a naming a single case of fraud to justify their anti-voting efforts. Such was also the case on Monday morning on MSNBC when Chuck Todd interviewed Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brian Darling.
During the interview, Todd asked Darling to point out a case of voter fraud, and he failed to do so. Instead, Darling referenced fraudulent wannabe journalist James O’ Keefe’s failed effort to prove the existence of voter fraud, proving that Democrats have been right all along about the Republican effort to restrict voting rights.
TODD: “Where is this voter fraud? I mean, it’s not this giant…”
DARLING: “We’ve had recent examples. We just had a Michigan Congressman resign… not run for reelection, because… his campaign gathered signatures that couldn’t be validated.”
Todd rightfully challenged Darling, pointing out that petitions are different and different laws regulate them, leaving Darling to begin making excuses.
DARLING: “Yeah, but it’s very hard to catch voter fraud. Look at what James O’Keefe did. He walked into D.C., he didn’t have any ID…”
TODD: “Did he vote?”
DARLING: “No, he didn’t vote. He didn’t vote, but he asked for a ballot and they were gonna give it to him.”
TODD: “Right, but you’re actually proving the point here. That the fraud didn’t take place because they prevented it.”
Here’s the video:
Clearly, Republicans have been restricting voter rights under false pretenses so they can swing the 2012 Election in their favor. Every single voting group targeting by these laws and purges are mostly Democratic voters. As usual, it looks like the only voting fraud is being perpetrated by the Republican Party.