Former Democrat President Barack Obama recently accused Republicans of “systematically” preventing Americans from voting during a campaign speech he gave for the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Terry McAuliffe.
Obama claimed during his speech that “Democrats [try]… to make it easier to vote,” and said that just the opposite is true of Republicans. He insisted that the GOP is attempting to silence the “voices” of “ordinary citizens.” After a lengthy spell of rhetoric, he then asked the audience why “Republicans don’t want you to vote?”.
Obama’s office has not offered any request for comment on the details of how Republicans are guilty of voter suppression.
McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, are currently racing in a dead-even fight for governorship of the state, and merely a week out from Election Day. Each candidate has received 46% favorability amongst likely voters, according to a Monmouth University survey.
Youngkin’s campaign shot back at Obama’s lies, calling them “false statements” by the former president.
Christian Martinez, a spokesperson for Youngkin’s campaign, said that the Republican candidate had “addressed this multiple times,” even before “Obama came to… bail Terry out.” He then lamented how the mainstream media was “indulging Terry’s fantasies” and ignoring the Democrat candidate’s “failed record and radical vision.”
It is unclear which policies Obama was making reference to with his comments. President Biden, similarly, made false accusations against the new Georgia voting law that passed in March, earning him “Four Pinocchios” on Washington Posts’ fact check meter. The normally left-leaning paper had to admit regarding Biden’s argument that the law closes polling centers early that they couldn’t find “a single expert who… understood why Biden made this claim.”
McAuliffe was formerly the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and has formerly been the governor of Virginia. His political career has survived on endorsements from high-profile Democrats in several tight races. This season, Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, Vice President Kamala Harris, President Biden, and first lady Jill Biden have all stumped for McAuliffe.
A major focus of the campaign has been abortion laws and school curriculum, with Youngkin promising to ban critical race theory as well as take up legal battle against abortion in the state.
Author: Duane Welch