FACT CHECK: @SenatorWicker didn't tell the Big Lie leading up to 1/6.

He was the only MS Republican who voted to certify the results, saying that "despite widespread allegations of fraud, there simply was not enough evidence to change the outcome of the election in any state."
Wicker said in a statement that he was “disappointed in the outcome of the 2020 election,” but that it was “time to acknowledge” that “our campaign lost a close election.”

BUT he said "we can take steps to restore faith in America’s electoral system.” mississippifreepress.org/8008/sen-cindy…
While @SenatorWicker didn't tell the "Big Lie" and @MattNegrin's tweet is flat-out false, he is now defending Georgia's voter suppression law and claiming it "expands" voting rights (referring to provisions designed to boost white rural GOP turnout). mississippifreepress.org/10850/sen-wick…
If you want to criticize Sen. Wicker on voting rights, then there are plenty of facts you can draw from to make that argument. No need to make false arguments when he was one of the few Republicans who acknowledged Biden's victory and the only one in MS who voted to affirm it.
As a counterpoint, looks like Sen. Wicker did engage in some dishonest talk about possible voting fraud in early November before acknowledging Biden's victory in December:

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1 Apr
When folks say Georgia's voting restrictions law "expands" early voting, they're talking it requiring counties to allow Saturday voting & hold 8 hours of early voting.

Large majority Black counties already do this.

So who benefits? 1/6
A lot of rural white counties in Georgia don't offer Saturday voting or Sunday voting and, in some cases, only do half days of early voting.

This law requires GOP-leaning white to hold early voting on Saturdays & for at least 8 hours (9-5). 2/6
So this "expansion" isn't for areas with majority Black voters or Democratic-leaning voters. It's to force majority white counties to make sure Black voters don't have an advantage.

Read 6 tweets
1 Apr
NEW: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is claiming that Georgia's new voter restrictions law "actually expands voting opportunities."

The Mississippi Republican is referring to a part of the law that mainly benefits rural white voters in GOP strongholds. 1/
Sen. Roger Wicker: “(Delta) Airlines CEO caves to the left with a false narrative about the new Georgia voting law, which actually expands voting opportunities. He should be ashamed of himself.”

But does it really? (Read on). 2/
Georgia's new law restricts voting in a number of ways, particularly ones most likely to impact Black voters.

But it actually requires rural polling places, typically in majority white, GOP-leaning parts of the state, to offer more early voting. 3/ mississippifreepress.org/10850/sen-wick…
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1 Apr
The news dudes pretending that maybe the intent of the Georgia Jim Crow law isn't so bad & that people are overreacting simply aren't qualified to tell the truth in this moment of peril for democracy.

To bolster his view, he cites the Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation, mind you, is one of the key forces behind these anti-voter Jim Crow laws:

"Heritage, through its politics arm Heritage Action for America, is planning to spend $24 million across 8 states: AZ, FL, GA, IA, MI, NV, TX and WI." nytimes.com/2021/03/23/us/…
The Heritage "Fact Check" says that there's no need to worry about the Jim Crow law letting the state usurp control over elections from select counties (surely they wouldn't target Democrat counties in Atlanta?!).

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31 Mar
BREAKING: After Mississippi lawmakers failed to pass early voting and Gov. Reeves vowed a veto if they did, one lawmaker and some citizens are taking the matter to voters.

They'll file a ballot initiative tomorrow mandating 10 days of early voting. 1/mississippifreepress.org/10802/voting-s…
If petitioners gather enough signatures and voters adopt the proposed change, the Mississippi Constitution would require AT LEAST 10 days of early voting, including the two Saturdays prior to the election.

Currently, Mississippi offers no early voting. 2/
“Long lines discourage voting, and last year, Gov. Reeves stated he would veto early voting legislation. This year, there were nine early voting bills submitted, but none of them got out of committee," said House Rep. Hestor Jackson-McCray. #MSLeg 3/
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30 Mar
TIMELINE THREAD: From day one, Gov. @TateReeves' approach to the novel coronavirus pandemic has been to follow the virus' lead.

Repeatedly, instead of proactive measures to stop #COVID19 from pushing us to crisis mode, he waits until we are deep into crisis to take action.

March 11, 2020: MS confirms 1st case as WHO declares pandemic. Gov. Reeves is vacationing in Spain.

March 24, 2020: Reeves will "wait-&-see" before issuing shelter-in-place order (1 Dead)

April 1, 2020: Reeves issues "shelter" order (22 Dead)mississippifreepress.org/9913/mississip…

June 26, 2020: Dr. Dobbs predicts mass death, hospitals overwhelmed. (1,022 Dead)

July 9: Health leaders beg for mask mandate as ICUs fill up. (1,204 Dead)

Aug. 4: Reeves issues mask mandate, says: "I want to see college football." (1,753 dead) mississippifreepress.org/9913/mississip…
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30 Mar
This clip, starting at 11 seconds, where @CindyHydeSmith talks about entering politics as a woman & the "crusty old buzzards" who didn't want hear there, is the kind of human story I hoped she'd share with me when I begged her campaign for a sit-down interview in 2018. 1/
Both of her opponents that year, a Republican and a Democrat, sat & talked with me for hours both about issues and about who they were.

But Sen. Hyde-Smith's campaign didn't trust that she, our first woman senator, to withstand a prolonged interview with a journalist. 2/
So I never got that chance to do a sit-down interview with Sen. Hyde-Smith & let her share her ideas and her human side and stories.

The closest I ever got was her swearing on her daughter's life (while side-hugging her) that she'd never voted for Hillary Clinton. (Disputed) 3/
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