NBC Gets Schooled On Fake 'Voter Suppression': We're Not Going To Be Bowed By Being Called Racist'
Republicans have been painted by the left for demanding secured voter registration in elections moving forward. The 2020 pandemic has changed the way we will vote indefinitely and with midterms quickly approaching, the GOP wants a secure way to proceed with mail-in voting for obvious reasons.
During a segment on 'Meet the Press', the host pressed the left's agenda to turn the need for secure voting into a debate on race but Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey wasn't having it. The Republican schooled the NBC lapdog, Chuck Todd, on the damaging spin of this false narrative and the catastrophic outcomes if we cannot have a trustworthy voting system in the future:
Todd used a wornout soundbite of Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock accusing the GOP of being against voting rights:
“I want to separate HR-1 from the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Do you believe there is enough—there are ten Republicans to do an updated version of the Voting Rights Act, something that used to be fairly easy to get done in a bipartisan way? I know the issues with HR-1, and I'm trying to separate the two. Where are you on this,” Todd ridiculously asked.
Toomey didn’t take the bait. He instead put attention on what Todd didn’t want to address in HR-1; issues like increasing the insidious practice of ballot harvesting:
"The Democrats have been driving this message on HR-1. And I think we ought to be asking our Democratic colleagues why are they so insistent that we not have any mechanism to verify that a person seeking to vote is, in fact, the person that they say they are. Why are they so insistent that people ought to be able to go ballot harvesting, maybe go through a nursing home, and get a couple of hundred ballots that just happen to be whatever they are."
“I mean, there is a completely false narrative about so-called ‘voter suppression,’” Toomey declared. “You look at the Georgia law. There's no voter suppression. Sunday voting is still allowed. There's an expansion of in-person voting, there’s no requirement that you have a reason for a mail-in ballot.”
The Senator then put Todd on the spot, adding: “So, this has been a false narrative entirely, Chuck. And I'm afraid it's all about trying to get rid of the filibuster. We're not going to be cowed by being called racist over a policy that has nothing to do with race.”
Todd refused to address the facts and tried to make the issue the optics of GOP efforts:
"I understand your point of view there. I'm just curious though, do you think it's a good look for the party that, after the presidential loss, after the former candidate basically creates a false narrative and lies about why it happened, that these laws are getting changed under a false pretense? That's not a good look for the Republican Party, is it not?"
After noting his criticism of former President Trump post-election, Toomey told Todd “we should be honest” about election integrity. He recalled the fact that many states (including his home state) made very dramatic sweeping changes to accommodate the circumstances of a global pandemic that had huge implications.”
“And some of those sweeping changes include provisions that are really actually tough to verify the accuracy of the vote,” he explained. “And we have an awful lot of Americans who are worried about the integrity of our system. So, some commonsense measures like requiring an ID to get an absentee ballot or to vote, that just makes a lot of sense.”
The Republican Senator effectively shut Todd down. Without a response, the host quickly ended the interview. Likely because Toomey did not leave Todd any wiggle room to spread the narrative beyond that point.