Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) went on Fox News on Tuesday to blast Democrats for being opposed to voter ID laws.
Kennedy went so far as to say that there are two possibilities for Democrats’ resistance to these voter ID laws.
“Now, of course, [Texas Democrat lawmakers] are playing the victim here in Washington, D.C., where they’re situated, when they have no basis to play the victim,” he said. “They picked the right city to do that in. They fit in just fine here in Washington, D.C., because in Washington, D.C., if it weren’t for double standards, there wouldn’t be any standards at all.”
“This place, as you know, is a lot like high school, except no one ever graduates,” Kennedy continued. “In terms of what they’re complaining about, the Texas voting rights bill, I’ve read the bill. I’ve read the statute. I’ve read the proposed bill. I’ve read the underlying statutes.”
“It doesn’t suppress anybody’s vote,” he added. “It allows for a very generous early voting, very generous absentee voting. Yes, it does require voter ID. It does require the people of Texas to prove they are who they say they are when they go to vote. The American people support that. The American people want that.”
“And I say gently to my Democratic friends from Texas, if you don’t, if you don’t see the need for that, then there are one or two close circumstances here,” Kennedy concluded. “Either you’re so dumb, you lose your place during sex, or you want to cheat. And those are your two choices.”
Kennedy went on to defend the voter ID laws that Republicans are fighting for.
“I don’t care what your opinion is about the results of the last election, no fair-minded person can deny that it was anything other than a goat rodeo,” Kennedy argued. “I mean, we had ballots flying around like confetti. Various states sent out 44 million ballots unsolicited. We had poll watchers being interfered with. We had ballot harvesting out the wazoo. We had state executive branch officials unilaterally changing the voting laws without conferring with the legislature in their state, which the Constitution says has the final say.”
“Some of this, I understand, might have been necessary,” he added. “We had to make some changes to accommodate the coronavirus and people’s public safety. But … no fair-minded person can point, process-wise, to the last election and say it was a model of efficiency. So that’s what most of these bills are doing”