Fighting for Voting Rights
President Trump continues to spread misinformation about voter fraud in the 2016 election despite the fact that his false claims have been thoroughly debunked by nonpartisan newsorganizationsand academicexperts. There is simply no evidence to support the claim that millions of Americans voted illegally for Hillary Clinton. By suggesting otherwise, President Trump is plainly lying to the American people.
President Trump’s reckless disregard for the truth reflects his unprecedented lack of respect for the office of the presidency. The President of the United States is often called upon to speak out as the world’s most powerful voice for good, and Mr. Trump’s lies have undermined the credibility of that platform. I fear that they also risk deeply damaging our democracy.
President Trump was apparently motivated by the same personal insecurity and disregard for the truth that we saw him display time and again on the campaign trail and as president-elect. But he may also follow the lead of extremist Republicans in Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly, who have used spurious claims of voter fraud to impose undemocratic and racially motivated restrictions on the hard-fought right to vote.
That’s why I plan to fight alongside my Democratic colleagues to defend voting rights in the 115th Congress. I will once again co-sponsor legislation to reinstate critical equal protection provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and I will continue to vocally advocate against illegal Voter ID restrictions like those that were recently declared unconstitutional in North Carolina.
The fact is, we should be making voting easier, not more difficult. We cannot allow President Trump to stand in the way of our most precious means of speaking out against his extremist policies – the ballot box.