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Defending the state of Texas’ voter I.D. laws before the Senate Judiciary on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came prepared to address the conjecture that has circulated his home state’s allegedly racist new voter laws.
Confident in the assessment that providing identification to vote is not racist, Cruz began to call out representatives that have been throwing out the claims, while having smaller minority registration totals than the Lone Star State.
Cruz called out Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) before the committee, pressing the ardent critic of Texas legislation that also alleged Cruz of giving “partisan diatribe.”
“Why is it that Connecticut has lower African American registration and lower African American turnout than Georgia and Mississippi?” asked Rep. Cruz.
Declining to answer the ethical dilemma posed by Cruz’s data and the contradictory accusations from Rep. Blumenthal all culminated to the Connecticut rep’s ultimate response: “You know, I’m really not here to debate you.”
Acknowledging the inescapable moment of truth and avoidance of accountability by Blumenthal, Cruz responded, “That speaks volumes,” addressing the paper tigers in Washington that freely condemn Republican states using menial discourse.
Blumenthal previously authored a bill to maintain access to abortions in the state of Texas — following the Supreme Court-approved (5-4) abortion ruling, championed by Texas Republicans, that prohibits procedures past six weeks of pregnancy.
The Hill reported that Professor Franita Tolson, USC Professor of Law, also pitched her own conjectures during the hearing by heedlessly calling Cruz and Texas “racist,” then citing state legislation from 2011 as newfound discrimination against “Black and Hispanic voters” — another claim without a clear trail to truth.
“A federal judge in 2017 said the Texas voter ID law passed in 2011 was designed with the intent to discriminate against Black and Hispanic voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs or the resources — such as owning a vehicle — that make it easier to get them,” stated Prof. Tolson.
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