Donald Trump is looking to avenge his loss by cracking down on voting rights with the help of his Senate allies.
The twice-impeached one-term president has been calling up Republican allies in the U.S. Senate in recent days, according to two people familiar with the matter, to ask about H.R. 1, a sweeping voting rights bill that passed the Democratic-led House on Thursday, as GOP legislatures have been rolling back access to the polls in states he lost, reported The Daily Beast.
"Do you think it has a chance?" Trump has asked, wondering whether Republicans will unite to spike the bill.
GOP senators and other associates have assured Trump the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, but there's growing momentum within the Democratic Party to end the filibuster rule so only a majority vote is needed to pass legislation instead of the current 60-vote threshold for the purpose of passing the so-called For The People Act.
"H.R. 1 is so important," said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA). "That may be what sinks the filibuster, because if all this stuff goes through in the individual states and there's no way to counter it other than a federal law, that may be enough to get people on board."
Trump wants to rally support for GOP voting restrictions in states where he lost, privately telling allies that expanded mail-in voting and other measures to expand access to the polls would destroy Republican election chances.
"We might never win another election ever again," Trump has privately told several people, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.