Leave it to Donald Trump to kick off the week with a howler and this is going to be a doozy of a week as it is. The GOP has quite the lineup for your viewing pleasure. Wednesday is the second GOP presidential debate. Thursday, the Biden impeachment hearings begin. And then the nailbiter that has us all on the edge of our seats, the government shut down is set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Will they do it? Will millions of federal employees be thrown onto furlough? Will Kevin McCarthy be removed as Speaker? Will Matt Gaetz risk pissing off the military? We’re going to find out. Meanwhile, this jewel from the GOP standard bearer. Scaramucci was right, the fish rots from the head down.
The only argument he makes against PA registering people to vote when they get their driver’s licenses is that it will make it harder for him to win if more people can vote. pic.twitter.com/QO96wnjuna
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 25, 2023
Here’s the whole thing.
What’s that you say? Isn’t Steve Bannon already “Sloppy” and “Lying” belongs to Ted Cruz? Listen, when you’ve got a vocabulary of only 200 words and so many people to insult, there’s going to be repetition. Sheesh. And unless I’m mistaken, Nikki Haley just got dubbed “Birdbrain” or has he called her that before and I missed it? He doesn’t trash Tim Scott. I wonder if we can draw an inference there that he likes Scott, or maybe he just forgot that the man exists? Vivek Ramaswamy is absent from the hit list as well, so maybe that bodes well for him as a VP candidate, which is what he’s been shooting for in the first place.
This is where we are in 2023, where saying the quiet part out loud is the norm. Stop people from registering to vote. Because if you don’t, well then Trump’s going to have to figure out a way to limit polling places, or eliminate drop boxes, or change some law somehow so that people can’t cast a ballot, because voting is, as he correctly points out here, “a disaster for the election of Republicans.” Thank you, Donald. We appreciate the fact that the cards are finally on the table. Mother Jones:
In an era of mounting threats to free and fair elections ginned up by Republicans, voting rights experts agree that automatic voter registration is one of the best ways to expand access to the ballot. So when Pennsylvania, a critical battleground state, enacted the program last week, Republicans pounced, claiming that it would prompt a surge in “thoughtless and even accidental registration.”
The assertion, of course, is not based in fact. But now Donald Trump has joined the chorus with an especially panicked message.
“THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO STEAL PENNSYLVANIA AGAIN BY DOING THE ‘AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION’ SCAM,” the former president bellowed on Truth Social. “THEY NEVER STOP. OBAMA AND HIS RADICAL LEFT THUGS ARE PUSHING THIS.” The all-caps rant continued, featuring demands for “disaster” Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to take action.
Republican opposition to automatic voter registration is nothing new. McConnell himself has all but admitted that the GOP loses when more people vote. But Trump’s anxiety over Pennsylvania, which will automatically register eligible voters when they go to get their driver’s license or state ID, is particularly fraught. After the 2020 election, Trump and his allies pounded the key swing state, where Joe Biden won by 80,555 votes, with false claims of voter fraud as they attempted to overturn the results. Pennsylvania, where the infamous Four Seasons Landscaping debacle unfolded, is even mentioned a staggering 20 times in the special counsel’s 45-page indictment charging Trump with various efforts to defraud the United States and obstruct official proceedings.
Most people would probably drop the voter fraud nonsense in the face of such legal peril. But not Trump, a man clearly determined to repeat the greatest hits of false narratives as we careen toward another razor-close rematch. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, more than 10.3 million residents eligible to vote now have a far easier way of registering.
Be that as it may, this is what you’re going to hear next.
This may be the issue people are worried about: pic.twitter.com/eAOgeK6zDO
— Joshua (@JoshMongan1) September 25, 2023
Mark my words. Next thing you know, Republicans will be claiming that Pennsylvania is registering people from foreign countries, maybe even other planets, as part of a Deep State plot.