Defending the state of Texas’ voter I.D. legal guidelines earlier than the Senate Judiciary on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got here ready to handle the conjecture that has circulated his dwelling state’s allegedly racist new voter legal guidelines.
Confident within the evaluation that offering identification to vote just isn’t racist, Cruz started to name out representatives which were throwing out the claims, whereas having smaller minority registration totals than the Lone Star State.
Cruz known as out Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) earlier than the committee, urgent the ardent critic of Texas laws that additionally alleged Cruz of giving “partisan diatribe.”
“Why is it that Connecticut has lower African American registration and lower African American turnout than Georgia and Mississippi?” requested Rep. Cruz.
Declining to reply the moral dilemma posed by Cruz’s knowledge and the contradictory accusations from Rep. Blumenthal all culminated to the Connecticut rep’s final response: “You know, I’m really not here to debate you.”
Acknowledging the inescapable second of fact and avoidance of accountability by Blumenthal, Cruz responded, “That speaks volumes,” addressing the paper tigers in Washington that freely condemn Republican states utilizing menial discourse.
Blumenthal beforehand authored a invoice to take care of entry to abortions within the state of Texas — following the Supreme Court-approved (5-4) abortion ruling, championed by Texas Republicans, that prohibits procedures previous six weeks of being pregnant.
The Hill reported that Professor Franita Tolson, USC Professor of Law, additionally pitched her personal conjectures in the course of the listening to by heedlessly calling Cruz and Texas “racist,” then citing state laws from 2011 as newfound discrimination towards “Black and Hispanic voters” — one other declare and not using a clear path to fact.
“A federal judge in 2017 said the Texas voter ID law passed in 2011 was designed with the intent to discriminate against Black and Hispanic voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs or the resources — such as owning a vehicle — that make it easier to get them,” said Prof. Tolson.
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