You’ve heard about the deified group of runaway lawmakers from Texas who fled to Washington, DC of all places to avoid a vote on an election integrity bill in their state. They knew they would be received with red carpet treatment from national Democrats and the media, and have turned their dereliction of duty into a massive display of grandstanding.
Unfortunately for them, this treatment can’t last forever. And after one Texas Democrat was thoroughly humiliated in a line of questioning from Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, every American can now see how full of it these rebellious lawmakers really are.
During a House Oversight Committee hearing last week, Rep. Mace asked Texas State. Rep. Senfronia Thompson a series of questions about voter ID in her state. The questions weren’t insulting — just a list of inquiries about the things you need to present identification for in Texas.
As it turns out, that list is quite long. Like most other states, ID is required to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or even medical prescriptions — and that isn’t all. For most of us, having to present an ID is so commonplace that we may forget just how common it is for routine tasks. Getting onboard an airplane, renting a car, or making a deposit at the bank all fall into this category too.
But this has been part of the conversation about voter ID for a while now — no surprises here. The truly revealing part of the exchange occurred when Rep. Mace asked State Rep. Thompson about who exactly supports an ID requirement for voting in elections. Here’s a spoiler — it’s basically everyone, including black and brown Americans.
As you’ll hear in the video below, an overwhelming majority of every demographic shares the same opinion that we do — including rank-and-file Democrat voters.
The progressive myth during this debate has been that voter ID requirements disenfranchise black and brown people, who allegedly face unique challenges when it comes to getting government identification in the first place. This myth falls apart when the South Carolina Republican reveals just how many black and brown Americans in Texas alone are not only registered to vote, but participate in democracy on a regular basis.
Voter ID doesn’t disenfranchise anyone. It merely tasks voters with proving that they are who they say they are. Without this requirement, election integrity really doesn’t mean much.
Here’s the full clip provided by Forbes.