'Gloating about voter supression': Sen. Cornyn promotes WaPo story about GOP plan to seize power via gerrymandering
Good gourd, did he only read the headline? Or is he really this cynical about the GOP's ongoing campaign to rule with an iron fist over a majority of Americans, most of whom would rather tuck into a charcuterie board of brine-pickled assholes than ever vote Republican?
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is apparently pleased as punch that Texas' influx of likely Democratic-leaning residents will nevertheless be turned into an electoral advantage for Republicans, and he's telegraphing his Machiavellian glee to the world.
Texas’s population boom should be a boon to Democrats. But Republicans are reaping the gains. https://t.co/vN9a5MqpMy— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn) 1620728818.0
The headline, which Cornyn replicates in his post, reads, "Texas's population boom should be a boon to Democrats. But Republicans are reaping the gains."
Does that mean—as you might assume, given that Cornyn is a loyal Republican—that Republicans are wooing these voters to their side, despite what appears to be a Democratic advantage? Ha ha ha ha ha! No, of course not. It means they're cheating in order to maintain their feeble grasp on power.
Yet the change coming to Texas is, for now, likely to be the opposite of what one might expect. The state's growth — fueled overwhelmingly by people of color in its largest cities and their close-in suburbs — should be cause for celebration among Democrats.
But because of the way the GOP-controlled legislature is expected to redraw congressional districts, this growth is predicted to be a boon for Republicans instead. When coupled with new lines in states such as Florida and Georgia, it might even be enough to flip control of the House in next year's midterm elections.
"Gerrymandering is an easy road map to a Republican majority," said Michael Li, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute. "They have a lot of incentive to be very aggressive."
Got that? While demographic trends are decidedly not in the GOP's favor, they're going to twist congressional districts into pretzels until they get the outcomes they want. That's called gerrymandering. Another word for it would be "cheating." Coincidentally enough, this is just the kind of thing the For the People Act, which Republicans hate, was created to stop.
Needless to say, Twitter had some salty responses:
@JohnCornyn And yet the subhead tells the real story of Republican cheating https://t.co/zWTgmXWR6w— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1620731435.0
Cornyn likes this headline because it makes it seem as if Texas is growing the GOP, but he’s actually just bragging… https://t.co/X3xv6c35qV— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler) 1620729474.0
@JohnCornyn Not often that a sitting Senator announces on Twitter his willingness to violate his oath to protect th… https://t.co/bPk8rY8XuR— William F Tulloch 🏳️🌈 (@William F Tulloch 🏳️🌈) 1620731640.0
@JohnCornyn So here’s Cornyn gloating about GOP voter suppression. As if we needed any further proof of the radic… https://t.co/rWuxOthnzB— 😷 Bibliobibuli. Hygge is my ikigai. 😷 (@😷 Bibliobibuli. Hygge is my ikigai. 😷) 1620732243.0
So Republicans are power-mad enemies of democracy. That part we knew. The alarming bit is that they're not even trying to hide it anymore.
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