Senator Rand Paul is taking some heat for a tweet in which he suggested that Democrats were ‘stealing’ elections by ensuring that citizens could vote. Now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is responding, and he says Democrats will continue to work to protect voting rights that are under attack.
In a bizarre tweet quoting an American Conservative article, Paul accused Democrats of using a particular trick to ‘steal’ an election: contacting potential voters, providing them with absentee ballots, ensuring they’re legal, and then collecting and counting the votes.
Or, to put it another way, carrying out the business of an election.
How to steal an election: “Seeding an area heavy with potential Democratic votes with as many absentee ballots as possible, targeting and convincing potential voters to complete them in a legally valid way, and then harvesting and counting the results.”https://t.co/LwE3MdeWeG
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 27, 2021
He’s getting hammered on Twitter by everyone who sees how ridiculous that is — ‘stealing’ an election by counting legal votes?
That's known as "voting." I'm not surprised you're spreading harmful, anti-American disinformation about it, though. That's all you do.
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) December 27, 2021
The crime is a Republican lost. That’s not supposed to happen. Ever.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) December 28, 2021
That’s literally just winning more votes. Legally. That’s how elections work.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) December 28, 2021
You literally described the legal voting method. That's not stealing you idiot. It's called letting American's vote. It feels like stealing because your party is shrinking into nothing.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 27, 2021
I think his problem is with giving ballots to THOSE people (you know, in “Democratic” areas) and then having the audacity to count those ballots in the election results.
— Bruce Benshoof (@BruceBenshoof) December 28, 2021
Now Senator Schumer has joined the chorus, assuring voters that Senator Paul’s position doesn’t represent the view of the entire of Congress. He, too, called out Paul for appearing to endorse the notion that giving all voters access to ballots is unfair to Republicans.
They used to blame losses on wild claims about voting illegally.
Now they’re trying to stop citizens from voting legally.
This Senate will vote on protecting voting rights, the most fundamental liberty we have as citizens. https://t.co/DG1ELFaPlf
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 28, 2021
“This Senate will vote on protecting voting rights, the most fundamental liberty we have as citizens,” Schumer promised.
Since Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, the Brennan Center counts 19 states enacting 33 different laws that make it more difficult for people to vote. Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats have pushed for Federal legislation that would protect voting rights for all citizens around the country.
Trump and his allies continue to claim that the 2020 election was ‘stolen,’ despite no evidence to support the claim — unless, of course, one defines legal votes as ‘stealing.’
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