Wednesday 10 July 2024

‘Our Whole Voting System Is Under Siege’: Trump Urges Republicans To Pass Bill Requiring Voters To Prove Citizenship

 Former President Donald Trump encouraged Republicans on Tuesday to approve the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, which would require voters to prove they are U.S. citizens to register to cast a ballot in federal elections.

With the SAVE Act getting a vote in the House as early as this week, Trump said in a post to Truth Social that it is important for Republicans to pass the legislation because “Non citizen Illegal Migrants are getting the right to vote, being pushed by crooked Democrat Politicians who are not being stopped by an equally dishonest Justice Department.”

“Republicans must pass the Save Act, or go home and cry yourself to sleep,” Trump wrote, adding, “Our whole voting system is under siege.” He also pressed for legal action to “get this stopped, NOW.”

Trump continued, “The Dems can’t win on their policies, the only way they can win is to CHEAT. They do it at every level of government, and they do it well. That’s how they get an incapacitated moron like Joe Biden elected.”

The Biden administration came out in opposition to the SAVE Act on Monday, writing in a statement, “It is already illegal for noncitizens to vote in Federal elections — it is a Federal crime punishable by prison and fines.”

“States already have effective safeguards in place to verify voters’ eligibility and maintain the accuracy of voter rolls,” the statement added. “This bill would do nothing to safeguard our elections, but it would make it much harder for all eligible Americans to register to vote and increase the risk that eligible voters are purged from voter rolls.”

House Democratic leaders also encouraged their colleagues to vote against the SAVE Act.

While it remains against federal law for a non-citizen to vote in a federal election, many Republicans are concerned about ballots potentially being submitted by ineligible voters, especially considering the record number of migrants who have illegally entered the country under Biden. Earlier this year, Ohio Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose found that 137 people were registered to vote in his state despite not being U.S. citizens. LaRose requested the Biden administration to send his office information on citizenship data to help remove non-citizens from voter rolls.

The Save Act, which Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced in May, would require states to remove non-citizens from voter rolls in addition to the requirement for voters to prove their U.S. citizenship for federal elections.

The congressman posted on X on Monday, arguing that his legislation should have bipartisan support: “What are Democrats fearful of?” he asked. “This is basic stuff, you would think…”

In his social media post, Trump promised to “pursue Election Fraudsters at levels never seen before” if he wins a second term in the White House, adding that “they will be sent to prison for long periods of time.”

“We already know who you are. DON’T DO IT! ZUCKERBUCKS, be careful!” Trump wrote, alluding to donations made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg to groups that Republicans say backed Democrats in 2020.

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