Pleasure Reid is perhaps gone from MSNBC’s weekend-morning time slot, however her successor on the weekends, Tiffany Cross, is maintaining alive Reid’s custom [documented here] of insulting Republican and conservative company.
We’ll start by really giving Cross some credit score. In distinction with most MSNBC hosts, who solely permit “Republicans” of the Lincoln Venture stripe on their exhibits, Cross had an actual Republican on her present this morning: Chuck DeVore, VP Of the Texas Public Coverage Basis.
The subject was what Republicans would name poll integrity and what liberals like Cross name “voter suppression.”
Towards the tip of the phase, after DeVore but once more made the factual case about voter fraud, citing current native elections in Texas and New Jersey that had been overturned due to apparent, documented fraud, Cross shot again:
“It is a pet peeve when folks spit in my face and attempt to persuade me it is raining. That is voter suppression by no different identify. That is very apparent to us.”
“Us,” in fact, that means individuals who agree with Cross! (Or she thinks she’s talking for all black Individuals.)
Earlier within the phase, Cross scoffed at DeVore’s quotation of a Rasmussen poll exhibiting that an excellent majority of Individuals, together with nearly 70% of black Individuals, help voter ID. If Cross is dissatisfied with the reliability of Rasmussen polls, maybe she’d want this 2016 Gallup poll, indicating that 80% of Individuals, together with 63% of Democrats, help voter ID.
If asking for an ID is “voter suppression,” than asking for an ID on the liquor retailer is “drinker suppression,” and asking for an ID earlier than you fly is “traveler suppression.”
Please word: DeVore’s audio is sometimes choppy–presumably a operate of his dwelling digicam or web connection.
Here is the transcript.
The Cross Connection
10:17 am EDT
TIFFANY CROSS: In Texas, the place greater than two dozen of items of GOP-sponsored consists of tightening voter ID legal guidelines rolls and voter rolls, and limiting early voting . . . Becoming a member of me now to debate, LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, Chuck DeVore, vice-president of the Texas Public Coverage Basis, who’s pushing a few of these voter payments, and Texas state consultant Jessica González. Thanks, guys, for becoming a member of me for this dialog.
And Chuck, I wish to thanks for being right here. As a result of you are an advocate of a few of these voter-suppression payments, fairly frankly. And I believe my first query to you needs to be, tright here actually has been no proof of voter fraud . . . The place is all this mysterious voter fraud that solely Republicans appear to see?
CHUCK DEVORE: Nicely I am glad you brough up voter ID, photograph ID, as a result of that’s required within the state of Texas, though for those who do not, there is a reasonable-impediment doc you could signal.
However what we’re speaking about right here is mail-in ballots. And with mail-in ballots, there isn’t any identification. And also you discuss fraud. We had three elections invalidated due to mail-in voter fraud in Texas in 2018, together with within the metropolis of Mission, the place they needed to do the election once more.
That is like the town of Paterson in New Jersey, the place you simply had two metropolis council members indicted two weeks in the past —
CROSS: [skeptically] Mm-hmm.
DEVORE: — for large mail-in poll fraud within the third largest metropolis in New Jersey final yr.
And what we’re speaking about is a unilateral enlargement of vote-by-mail that does not have any cheap safeguards, and that’s the reason you see one thing on the order of 79% of Individuals approving of needing voter ID to have the ability to solid a poll. And that, by the way in which, consists of near 70% of black Individuals, and a overwhelming majority of individuals of shade, as a result of they perceive that it’s so necessary to have free and truthful —
CROSS: The place are you getting these numbers from? I have never seen that.
DEVORE: Oh, it is a new Rasmussen poll, simply three days in the past.
CROSS: [dismissively] Rasmussen—okay.
. . .
CROSS: Speak to me about Texas
DEVORE: I cited three jurisdictions in Texas who had elections invalidated simply three years in the past. So if there is no voter fraud, why was the election in Mission, Texas, down within the Rio Grande valley, thrown out? Why did that occur? Due to mail-in poll fraud.
CROSS: Okay, LaTosha. I wish to deliver you in right here. As a result of it is a pet peeve when folks spit in my face and attempt to persuade me it is raining. That is voter suppression, by no different identify. That is very apparent to us.