Florida Republican on electoral integrity and Trump’s fraud allegations
How can you be so sure that these laws are strong enough to end voter fraud, but weak enough not to create new barriers for communities that have struggled to vote?
These are not on the same playing field, they simply are not.
When it comes to those extended lines that happened in the past in Georgia – I also watched the news – you have to go see the local manager, what he did and what he didn’t done to prepare for what people want to vote. The only thing we have to recognize, and you have to be honest about it, you have seen an increase in black voting in our country over the past 15 years. And that’s a good thing – as a black man I’m 100% behind it. But it is the responsibility of local officials to make sure they have the additional polling stations they need or that their equipment is in good condition. And I’m going to tell you that Georgia law, or Florida law, gives so much more access to ballots than in New York State, way more than Delaware.
You define these new measures as a way to restore confidence in the democratic process and system. But what I don’t hear you say – nor any Republican, in fact – is that they think the former president had an impact on confidence in this system. Do you think his words had a negative impact on confidence in the democratic system?
No I do not know. I think if you look at what the president talked about, the president said he wanted to make sure the elections are safe. This is what he talked about more than anything else.
I think we both know the former president said a lot more than that.
Four years ago, this time, what were we talking about? On how the Russians tampered with our elections, and it went on for two and a half years. I have no problem with these political debates. Let’s have them. That’s great. But all I’m saying is – let’s get the whole story.
I was asking about Trump’s impact on confidence.
All that matters: Is it easier for whites or blacks, whether rich, middle-income, or poor, to vote in the state of Georgia? What about Florida? Yes or no? Is it easier? The answer is yes. Is it less easy for them to vote in Delaware or New York? The answer is yes.
Last question: do you see the rhetoric of the former president as at least related to the events of January 6, even if you don’t see them affecting confidence in the democratic system as a whole?
No, I don’t.