President Barack Obama (D) may throw the 2014 House races to his Democratic allies by producing a “magic wand” that grants non-citizens the right to vote in U.S. elections, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said in a video published Monday.
“It’s my prediction that the House Republicans could put themselves in a position where they could actually lose the gavel in 2014,” she said in footage published by the right-wing conspiracy website WorldNetDaily. “Because I think the president, even by executive order, could again wave his magic wand before 2014. And he’d say, ‘Now all of the new legal Americans are going to have voting rights.’ Why do I say that? He did it in 2012. Do you remember?”
Despite the congresswoman’s allegations, the president actually announced last June that he’d issued an executive order placing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children by no fault of their own as the lowest priority for deportation — a clear exercise of executive power.
His order had nothing to do with granting non-citizens the right to vote, but it did ensure that young immigrants who graduated from high school in the U.S. or served in the military will not be sent away. The president has continued to emphasize the role of Congress in passing comprehensive immigration reform ever since.
“And then guess what’ll happen?” Bachmann continued. “Democrat in the White House. Democrats controlling the Senate. Democrats controlling the House. At that point they will change election law and it will be almost impossible to ever see a Republican majority again. Do we get how important this is? I’m not crying wolf here.”
She added that the president’s “magic wand” is so troublesome that someone needs to give him “a spanking” and “take it out of his hand.”
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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