Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed the Democrats’ “For the People Act” on Tuesday, which would drastically change U.S. elections and weaken election security, pointing out the similarities between the bill and Jim Crow laws, which were racially discriminatory laws put in place by Democrats to ensure voters would not vote out Democrat politicians.
“We’ve heard the Senate Majority Leader invoke in booming terms specters from our sorry history of racial discrimination in the past,” Cruz said. “The Senate Majority Leader has used the phrase Jim Crow 2.0 repeatedly, as has the President of the United States, as has the Vice President of the United States, deliberately inflaming racial tensions, suggesting that laws, commonsense voter integrity laws in states like Georgia and Texas, things like requiring voter ID or requiring signature verification and absentee ballots are somehow a modern manifestation of Jim Crow.”
“That is a grotesque lie, and Mr. President, the majority leader knows that,” he continued. “The President of the United States knows that. The Vice President of the United States. They know they’re lying. But ironically, they’ve inadvertently said something that is accurate about this piece of legislation. Jim Crow legislation was grotesque and ugly. It was legislation that was drafted without exception by Democratic politicians. Jim Crow was written by Democratic politicians, and its purpose, when the Jim Crow laws were written, were to prevent the voters from ever voting out of office Democratic politicians. One of the ugliest chapters of our nation’s history. And thankfully, we repudiated Jim Crow.”
Cruz concluded with explaining how the “For the People Act” follows “the exact same pattern that Jim Crow did. It is partisan legislation written by elected Democrats, designed to keep elected Democrats in office and to steal the right to vote from the citizenry to decide on somebody else.”
Cruz’s comments come as many prominent Democrats have switched their position on voter ID laws after multiple polls have revealed their popularity. Last week, for example, Democrat Stacey Abrams told CNN she supported voter ID laws which she had previously called racist.
“No one has ever objected to having to prove who you are to vote week. It’s been part of our nation’s history since the inception of voting,” Abrams said.