How Biden can reverse GOP attacks on democracy:

-enforce Voting Rights Act at DOJ

-register voters through federal agencies

-fix 2020 census

-oust Louis DeJoy with new USPS board

-create office of democracy reform…
One question I am asked over & over is can Biden fire Louis DeJoy?

He can't fire DeJoy directly but he can appoint 3 new governors to USPS board giving Dems 5-4 majority that could get rid of him & reverse changes designed to sabotage USPS
Trump DOJ filed only 1 small case to enforce Voting Rights Act

Expect Biden DOJ to file many more

"The biggest thing to change will be the willingness to use the enforcement authority they’ve got through DOJ" says @_justinlevitt_
In his first day in office Biden signed executive order to reverse Trump’s rigging of 2020 Census. This was BFD & didn’t get enough attention
Obviously much of Dems democracy agenda will depend on whether Congress can restore Voting Rights Act & pass For the People Act. And that won’t happen unless they abolish filibuster

But there’s a lot Biden admin can still do without Congressional support
Biden today: "We need to restore and expand the Voting Rights Act, named after our dear friend John Lewis, and continue to fight back against laws that many states are engaged in to suppress the right to vote while expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible voters."

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22 Jan
Senate Dems represent 41 million more Americans than GOP but Mitch McConnell wants 21 small state GOP senators representing less than a quarter of population to be able to block laws supported by huge majorities of Americans with filibuster…
This is how undemocratic US Senate is:

-15 states with 38 million people elect 30 GOP senators

-California with 40 million people elects 2 Dems

-By 2040, 30% of America will elect 70 senators. 70% of America will elect only 30 ImageImage
-Senate split 50-50 but Dems represent 41 million more people

-majority of SCOTUS justices appointed by presidents who lost popular vote & confirmed by senators representing minority of Americans

-GOP legislatures hold power despite winning fewer votes b/c of gerrymandering Image
Read 9 tweets
10 Dec 20
Georgia Republicans weaponizing fake claims of voter fraud into real voter suppression:

-vowing to roll back mail voting

-closing polling places in Black & Latino areas

-launching bogus investigations into groups registering young & Black voters…
New voter suppression plan proposed by Georgia GOP:

-voter ID for mail ballots

-getting rid of no-excuse mail voting

-banning drop boxes

-making it easier to reject mail ballots

All b/c there was record turnout & Biden narrowly won state
This is the new GOP playbook: they don’t even need to find any evidence of voter fraud. The mere “perception” of such fraud spread by insane conspiracy theories is enough to justify new restrictions on voting. This is incredibly dangerous for democracy
Read 6 tweets
7 Dec 20
Runoff elections set up in Georgia in early 1960s by segregationists to keep Black voters from participating

But high turnout, diverse electorate & 2 years of organizing against voter suppression could be the difference for Dem Senate candidates on Jan 5…
In 1963 segregationist GA Rep proposed runoff elections "as a means of circumventing what is called the Negro bloc vote.” GOP has dominated since then

But record turnout in 2020, organizing against suppression & diverse Biden coalition giving Dems hope for Senate races
Incredible GA stats showing power of organizing against suppression by @staceyabrams @nseufot @MsLaToshaBrown etc

-1 million new voters registered from 2016-2020, 2/3 people of color

-# of unregistered voters fell from 22% to 2%

-Rejected mail ballots fell from 3.4% to .2%
Read 5 tweets
6 Dec 20
Mitch McConnell has been blocking legislation passed by House to restore Voting Rights Act for 365 DAYS
On Dec 6, 2019, with John Lewis presiding, House passed legislation to restore Voting Rights Act

It’s now called John Lewis Voting Rights Act

It has bipartisan support but McConnell won’t bring it up for vote…
If Dems win Senate races in Georgia they have chance to pass legislation restoring Voting Rights Act. Another reason why GA runoffs so important
Read 4 tweets
20 Nov 20
Coup attempt by Trump to get GOP legislatures to overturn will of voters very disturbing but won't work:

-they don't certify results

-electors based on state popular vote

-Dem govs can block

-courts keep ruling against Trump

-Biden won decisively…
Michigan legislature has no power to choose electors no matter what Trump says

Electors based on state popular vote winner. Biden won by 154,000 votes

Canvassing board certifies based on county results. If GOP canvassers refuse court will order it
MI GOP leaders seem to be recognizing reality that electors must follow popular vote winner & legislature has no power to subvert will of voters

There was no fraud & Biden won by 154,000 votes
Read 4 tweets
18 Nov 20
Trump isn't just trying to throw out votes in MI, WI, PA. He's trying to throw out Black votes in cites like Detroit, Milwaukee & Philly. Media coverage needs to be very clear about GOP voter disenfranchisement strategy happening here…
Cities where Trump campaign trying to throw votes out:

Detroit - 78% Black & voted 94% for Biden

Milwaukee - home to 70% of Black voters in WI, voted 79% for Biden

Philly - 44% Black, voted 81% for Biden
And that should say *cities in my first tweet [so ready for this election to be over]
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