'Proof that politics makes you stupid': Chris Cuomo tears into Ted Cruz for calling voting rights 'Jim Crow 2.0'
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Chris Cuomo tore into Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his attack on the For the People Act, the Democrats' comprehensive voting rights and ethics reform bill which began debate in Senate committee this week.
Cuomo started off by noting that the wave of state voting restrictions this bill would strike down hurt Republican voters as well as Democratic ones.
"These are not about color, these laws," said Cuomo. "Just like Jim Crow. They weren't explicitly about color. They were color neutral. But class catches you just the same. And you guys, white and Black, are going to be on long lines. Long lines. With fewer people and less time to exercise your right to fight for anything better in your life. You're going to be put in the back of the line again. And in the party of Trump, defending a move like this means doing what they do most and best. Lie. Like Trump's main minion did today. Listen to this."
"Those Jim Crow laws were drafted by Democrats," said Cruz in the clip from the committee hearing. "They were implemented by Democrats. And they kept Democrats in power. This legislation, to use a phrase that has been popularized on the media recently, is Jim Crow 2.0."
"This man is proof that politics makes you stupid," said Cuomo. "This is a debate champion, Ivy League twice over. And that is one of the stupidest arguments I could imagine. He's right, they were Democrats. You know what they also were? Bigots. That's what they were. And you know who now owns that mantle? He does. Because he stands for laws that are nothing but discriminatory based on class, face, and place. Jim Crow laws were aimed at making it nearly impossible for Black Americans to vote, without ever mentioning color. The remedy is sitting in the House and the Senate: the For the People Act."
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This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that Republicans are just going to have to suck it up that former President Donald Trump is the head of their party.
"You're just not going to be a leader in the party if you're anti-Trump...I think it would be a disaster for the Republican Party if we just didn't acknowledge the fact that Donald Trump's the most popular person in the party," Graham said as the reason he opposes Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in GOP House leadership. "The American First agenda is well-respected. If you tried to run him out of the party, he'd take half the party with him."
Now, over 100 Republicans are proving that they're just as valuable as Trump is. If Trump could take half of his people and walk away, these Republicans say that they can take the other half.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that officials and former officials released a letter threatening to form a third party as the GOP becomes the Trump Party.
"When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice," says the statement that is expected to be released Thursday.
The release, however, will come a day after the House Republican Caucus is set to vote whether or not to remove Cheney.
"This is a first step," said former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor, who helped organize the effort. Taylor became infamously known as "Anonymous," for sounding the alarm about Trump from a national security perspective while he was still serving in the government.
"This is us saying that a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans think that the situation has gotten so dire with the Republican Party that it is now time to seriously consider whether an alternative might be the only option," he told the Times.
Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to not know that the United States government had been hacked by foreign powers before when he reported about the hacking of Colonial Pipeline.
Speaking to his audience Tuesday, Hannity said, "Now we are the victim of a cyber attack against the U.S." neglecting to mention that the U.S. has been the target of cyber attacks for the past decade.
In fact, the Russian attack on the U.S. government included at least half a dozen federal agencies are, including the Department of Homeland Security's cyber arm and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and State Departments.
Investigators are still trying to determine what, if any, government data may have been accessed or stolen in the hack. As Technology Today explained at the time, not only were they hacking the government agencies, they went undetected for months under former President Donald Trump's government.
In 2016, hackers infiltrated both the Republican and the Democratic parties, but they only posted Democratic emails on WikiLeaks.
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