Only a few months after Georgia riled up the leftist intelligentsia by passing legislation designed to shore up election integrity, Texas is following suit. The state legislature is considering a measure that would tighten up security measures to tamp down on fraud.
This has prompted the usual cries of racism and voter suppression that has become a favored narrative among Democrats. However, as they hurl their accusations of bigotry, a closer look reveals one crucial factor remains conspicuously absent.
Leftists Rage Against Texas
The Democrats and their allies in the activist media have been railing against Senate Bill 7, which would enact a series of changes to Texas’ election process. These would include prohibiting proactively sending applications for mail-in ballots to voters, restricting voting times, and increased criminal penalties for election malfeasance.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar confronted GOP state senator Bryan Hughes during a Wednesday interview in which she abandoned all pretense of objectivity. She intimated that some of the proposal’s provisions would have made it more difficult for black people to cast their votes.
The host brought up the controversy around restrictions to Sunday voting. Under the bill, polling locations would open at 1 pm instead of 11 am, which may have interfered with the “Souls to the Polls” initiative that many black churches conduct each election season.
Even though Hughes explained that this particular section was being redrafted and that there was confusion because some churches started “Souls to the Polls” at different times, the media activist insisted that this measure was designed to decrease black turnout.
“In the way that this bill is written, you are going to have people of color, especially, who are going to not be voting. You’re going to see a decrease,” she said.
President Joe Biden has also been parroting the usual racially charged talking points. On Saturday, he called the proposal “an assault on democracy” that would specifically target “black and brown Americans.”
The Texas Tribune, a left-leaning media activist outlet, wrote:
“Their intent, GOP leaders say, is to protect the ‘integrity’ and standardization of Texas elections from local efforts like those Harris County devised in November to expand voting access. But the pushback from local leaders, Democrats, big business and voting rights advocates has been intense, centering on concerns that the legislation’s effects will almost certainly make voting harder for groups Texas’ voting rules have long marginalized — voters of color, voters with disabilities, low-income voters and voters with limited English proficiency — and who are the most likely to be shut out when voting procedures are tightened.”
Are They Leaving Something Out?
The problem with the arguments being put forth by the Democrats and activist media is that they lack a critical factor: Evidence. Left-leaning politicians and media outlets have not provided any compelling evidence showing that Texas’ proposed law would specifically decrease African American voter turnout. They seem to believe that their audience should simply take their claims at face value – and in some ways, they might be right.
In this political climate, it seems that too many Americans on both sides are willing to believe accusations levied against people on the opposite side of the aisle despite the lack of evidence. To put it another way, Democratic influencers seem aware that their audience will believe their allegations simply because that audience doesn’t like Republicans.
Nevertheless, the Democrats have yet to present what those who identify as moderates or centrists will require, in order to be persuaded; those voters will need to see the proof behind the claims. Moreover, the fact that the left’s knee-jerk reaction to any idea with which they disagree is to call it racist would likely lessen their credibility with those who are not already on their side. At this point, only time will tell whether the accusations will work.
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