'Fantastical lies': Internet slams Tennessee Republican Speaker for making up accusation of voter fraud
Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (Image credit: NewsChannel 5 / screengrab)

In the wake of Tennessee's first competitive Senate race in years, the Republican-controlled state legislature is forcing through a new voter suppression bill that would attach harsh criminal penalties to some voter registration drives, sparking outcry.

On Tuesday, GOP state House Speaker Glen Casada responded to the opposition by claiming, out of the blue and with no evidence, that "outside groups" executed a ballot-stuffing scheme in Tennessee to try to stop Marsha Blackburn from being elected to the Senate:

Casada's remark instantly drew fresh anger from people, some of whom noted that no one had ever made this claim before: