Through his campaign staff, Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate for Virginia governor, is calling out Barack Obama for claiming — without evidence — that Republicans are engaging in some form of voter suppression.
In a speech in Richmond, VA., in an attempt to salvage Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s chances in the race, the ex-president put forth this allegation:
“All across the country, Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard…You have to ask yourself, why is it Republicans don’t want you to vote?”
Youngkin spokesman Christian Martinez wondered why the media has failed to engage in any fact-checking.
“Glenn has addressed this multiple times before Obama came to Virginia to bail Terry out, but instead of writing a story about the former President’s false statements, the press is indulging Terry’s fantasies and lies because he can’t run on his failed record and radical vision for the future,” Martinez said, according to Fox News.
Former President .@BarackObama: "All across the country, Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote […] and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard." pic.twitter.com/HYBF0yYGZE
— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2021
“Obama’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on examples of Republicans preventing citizens from voting.
“It’s unclear what policies Obama was referring to in his comments, but Democrats have attacked Georgia’s voting law in recent months,” Fox News added.
Voter ID, among other forms of ballot integrity, is a particular issue for Democrats. A political party made up of at least some officials who probably support vaccine passports perhaps consider the requirement to show a government-issued photo identification at an election precinct the metaphorical equivalent of waterboarding.
According to the Real Clear Politics aggregate of five polls, Youngkin and Clinton crony McAuliffe are essentially deadlocked at this time in the purple state.
Youngkin has playfully challenged Obama to a one-on-one basketball match after Obama admitted that “the guy can hoop.”
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 23, 2021
McAuliffe, a COVID vaccine hawk and teachers’ union fanboy, prompted controversy especially against the backdrop of divisive critical race theory curriculum in Virginia schools when he previously insisted during a debate that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Youngkin has vowed to ban CRT if he is elected. “We will teach all history, the good and the bad,” but not “through a lens of race,” the GOP standard-bearer has said.
During his speech on Saturday, Obama insinuated that grassroots parental concerns over CRT were part of a phony culture war promulgated by right-wing media.
Filthy rich Obama mocks Glenn Youngkin for being a ‘wealthy person’ in stump speech, plays ‘insurrection’ card https://t.co/E9pDPu7NQv
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) October 24, 2021
McAuliffe is trying to get his old job back. In addition to Obama, Biden, Harris, and Stacey Abrams are or will be campaigning on his behalf in the runup to the November 2 election. In Virginia, governors are prohibited from serving consecutive terms.
Democrats repealed Virginia’s photo ID law in 2020 after taking control of Virginia’s legislature and sending legislation to the desk of compliant Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam of yearbook photo infamy. You can draw your own conclusions as to how that might affect the final vote tally next month.
A series of national surveys have established, however, that American from all walks of life overwhelmingly favor photo ID.
Liberals like Obama and others also seem to be test-marketing a voter suppression narrative in case Democrats happen to lose one or both chambers of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
In general, Twitter is not buying what Obama is selling. Here is a sampling:
Oh please….how hard it is to go and vote and this country. These are the same rules as when Obama was elected, and it wasn’t a problem them🙄
— think for oneself (@maramonro) October 23, 2021
Misinformation. And dangerous at that.
— datkidspags (@datkidspags) October 23, 2021
This is gaslighting and deflecting – classic Obama!!
— smithj (@ArtLifeJS) October 23, 2021
Exactly how hard is it to vote in this country? All of a sudden we have a problem?
— banjopicker428 (@banjopicker428) October 24, 2021
Democrats seem to have especially good voter outreach to the non-existent, non-citizens & non-alive voters. No ID, no vote.
— me, myself & I (@cnmatthews) October 24, 2021
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