— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) January 30, 2019
Courtesy of GQ:
On Wednesday, Mitch McConnell once again articulated his commitment to limiting voter turnout, but this time he didn’t try to hide behind “security concerns.” He took to the Senate floor to voice his opposition to a proposal that Election Day be made a federal holiday. It’s a move that would go a long way to improving voter turnout and drastically cutting down wait times. Or, as McConnell sees it, it’s a “power grab” by Democrats.
Video of the comments is no better. He mocks the suggestion that federal employees be granted time off to volunteer at polling places because, in his words, they’re likely to support Democrats. McConnell doesn’t even bother to come up with a half-assed excuse–instead he exposes his blanket contempt for government workers because, he suspects, they vote for Democrats, and for that reason alone, it shouldn’t be easier for them to cast a vote.
There really is no way to parse this, Mitch McConnell is saying right out in public that if more American vote it benefits the Democrats., and that suppressing that vote benefits the Republicans.
This is by no means a surprise to anyone, except that instead of hiding behind the idea of voter fraud, McConnell is ripping off his mask and revealing himself to be a traitor to the very idea of American democracy.