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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on Voting Rights  CSPAN  July 15, 2021 9:47am-10:01am EDT

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ensure trust in the system. that would cause more doubt and we should agree, we should agree as members of this chamber that we will work together to ensure that our local and state officials can carry forward with their elections. >> with total certainty, washington democrats know one of two things to be true, either american democracy is so well-functioning, so sacrosanct, that nobody can possibly question or bad-mouth it or democracy's in total crisis, hanging on boo i a -- hanging on by a thread and only overhaul by democrats could
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save it. hard to guess what stories democrats would be shouting on any given day. the narrative flip-flops are at a dizzying pace. after 2016 when voters picked republicans, secretary clements and a whole series of democrats called the new president illegitimate that russia had probably or definitely hacked into the voting systems and changed the tallies, a baseless conspiracy theory, a big lie. four years later, they kept insisting that democracy was broken and democrats had to overhaul it. hr-1 was written and introduced on that pretense as recently as last summer when the 2020 election was looking close,
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democrats and cable news spent multiple weeks in literal hysterics over what they said it was a massive secret election conspiracy revolving around the postal service. another big lie. it was one frantic meltdown after another, constant, silly claims that our democracy was dying. last november, their story turned on a dime. because democrats got election results they liked a lot better. now suddenly our elections were no longer in crisis. now american democracy was finely tuned, legitimate and beyond reproach. for about 11 weeks, from president biden's election through his inauguration, democrats and their media friends briefly stopped being our democracy's biggest doubters and became its number
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one fan. but now, as democrats look ahead to the first mid-term that's almost all challenging to the sitting president's party, the silly hysterics have been switched back on. georgia pass add mainstream election law that expanded early voting and made drop boxes permanent for the first time, the left responded with a total meltdown. regulations that left georgia with more flexible early voting and more flexible absentee voting than many blue states, including new york, were insanely called jim crow 2.0. what nonsense. georgia democrats scared huge corporations into promoting a moral panic that was completely and totally false.
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it was a shameless effort to manufacture an era of crisis to help democrats ram their election takeover bills through the congress. but it didn't work. the senate rejected all the bad ideas in s-1, so the madeup outrage had to be cranked up even higher, even higher. so this week, state legislators from texas decided to grab some beer, hop on a private plane, and flee the state in what they are pretending is some great moral crusade. in reality, they've just come here to washington to snap selfies, bask in the limelight and beg senate democrats to take over texas elections. once again this outrage is completely phony. the texas legislature was going to consider bills that would
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expand the minimum hours of early voting, make even more counties provide 12-hour days of early voting, and make it even easier for voters to fix mistakes on mail-in ballots so their votes would actually count. these bills would apply voter i.d. to mail-in ballots through a simple process that doesn't require a driver's license number, clean up voter rolls to remove voters who died or moved away. this is not controversial stuff. it's comon sense. and more than 80% of texans support voter i.d. and democrats pulled out the same chicken little play book in georgia, the same big lies. yesterday the president of the united states delivered a speech that was set in an
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alternate universe. he called these mainstream state laws, these modest integrity measures that are wildly popular with americans, quote, now listen to this, the single -- the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war? really? this is our new president who promised to lower the temperature, redie the dialog, and this is the president claiming it's more dangerous than two world wars, and jim crow and segregation, somehow analogous to the civil war? that's what the president of the united states said yesterday? what utter nonsense.
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it would be laugh out loud funny if it wasn't so completely and totally irresponsible. here is the great sense of the texas proposals. here is what is apparently so outrageous. they want to wind down a few emergency covid voting procedures, including drive-through voting and polling places all night long. i'm serious, this is what this is all about. that they want to wind down two covid voting procedures, drive-through voting and polling places open 24/7. because the pandemic for the first time ever, some places in texas experimented with these brand new unusual measures. but now winding them down is
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somehow an assault on democracy? really? if texas is not interested in permanently going to let people vote at 3:00 in the morning or from their car and that they want to make it so inconvenience that they won't vote at all simply because you can't vote all night, really? these exceptions for a 100-year pandemic are supposed to now be sacred pillars of the system? things that we did to deal with 100-year pandemic, if you get rid of that, it's a threat to our system? voter i.d. are supported by white americans, black americans and hispanic americans, and president biden calls these things, quote, a 21st century jim crow assault",
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one big lie after another. these people if they keep repeating the dramatic cree she -- cliches, they'll pull off the power grab. these are insults hurdles that americans have overcome over the years together. we've won two world wars, faced down the soviets, unwound brutal segregation and defeated actual jim crow laws and endured the 9/11 attacks, but now the sky is falling? the sky is falling? because these mainstream laws that people actually support, because texans want to allow
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16-hour days of voting, but just not in the dead of night? did they know that nobody outside of liberal twitter and cable television is buying an ounce of what they're selling. the big lies, the fake outrage, failed in georgia. the big lies and fake outrage failed here in the senate. and they'll fail in texas. the big lies and fake outrage are totally failing to persuade the american people. the americans want to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. americans know that having widespread and accessible voting along with voter i.d. isn't an attack on democracy, it's the definition of democracy. so look, i understand the
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democrats may be growing nervous about the 2022 elections. i can see why. liberal policies are overspending, overborrowing and hurting our economy. they're destabilizing the middle east, weakening our southern border and increasing violent crime across our country. but, mr. president, the solution is not to keep lying to the american people about the health, the health of our democracy. the answer is not this desperate craving for an unprecedented partisan takeover so washington democrats can appoint themselves the board of elections for every county and state. the longer these ferrick hysterics keep up, the more americans will keep wondering just why democrats are this
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desperate, this desperate to seize control over election laws. and why democrats are this panicked by the prospect of voting integrity measures that are simple, that are fair, and that are popular with the american people. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. we're funded by these television companies and more, including wow. >> the world has changed. today a fast, reliable internet connection is something you can't live without. wow, speed, reliability and choice, now more than ever it starts now more with great internet. wow. >> wow supports c-span as a public service along with other television providers, giving you a front row seat to democracy. >> the u.s. senate is about to gavel in for the day. senators will be voting in
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