Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demanded that Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard apologize to her Democrat colleague Ilhan Omar after allegedly disseminating false information about voter fraud in her district.
At the end of September, Gabbard attempted to drum up awareness for a bill she recently introduced with Illinois Republican Rodney Davis that would have prohibited the use of ballot harvesting. Gabbard is of the opinion that this practice has the potential for great abuse.
Gabbard pointed to an undercover video from Project Veritas, a watchdog organization known for exposing political corruption, where it depicted how Omar’s campaign was illegally gathering ballots and filling them out in order to pad her vote count in hopes of being re-elected.
“Project Veritas offers further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting,” Gabbard said in a Twitter post in which she deleted. “It’s not a partisan issue.”
AOC was fuming and went on Twitter earlier this week to demand that Gabbard issue an apology to Omar.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 6, 2020
“You, along with everyone else who amplified this fraudulent story, owe Rep. Omar a public apology,” Ocasio-Cortez remarked.
Gabbard ended up deleting her tweet making reference to Project Veritas following AOC’s demand for her to apologize. Shen then apologized to Omar on Twitter and asked if she and AOC would back her legislation.
“The issue is not about any of us. It’s about voter harvesting,” Gabbard stated. “Ilhan, I apologize for referencing the PV story as an example without thoroughly vetting it.”
.@AOC @ilhanmn The issue is not about any of us. It's about voter harvesting. Ilhan, I apologize for referencing the PV story as an example without thoroughly vetting it. Now will you support HR8285 to get rid of voter harvesting which undermines our democracy? If not, why not?
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 6, 2020
Ballot harvesting is legal in a number states and has become a major issue during the 2020 elections, when many people believe there could be huge potential for voter fraud.
The Honolulu Civil Beat gave a brief summary of how vote harvesting works:
Where it is legal, voters are allowed to fill out their mail-in or absentee ballot, seal it in a secure envelope and give it to someone to drop off on their behalf. Those concerned with fraud are worried that those collected ballots could then be altered or disposed of altogether.
As of now, Gabbard’s bill banning ballot harvesting only has four cosponsors, which are all Republicans..
Gabbard has set herself apart by questioning the foreign policy establishment as of late, which has earned her numerous enemies. Although she’s on the Left, Gabbard has not engaged in the unhinged anti-Trump screeching that is typical of the modern-day Left.
Her willingness to buck the status quo every now and then does get her in trouble with the powers that be. For example, she had been subject to Big Tech censorship during the 2020 election cycle because she was viewed as a “Russian asset” by the political establishment.
While not a steadfast ally for America Firsters, Gabbard can be a strategic partner for certain causes.
Here’s Where Hispanics Will Play a Decisive Role in the 2020 Elections
In 2020, Hispanics will leave their mark in presidential elections.
During the present election cycle, Hispanics will be the country’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential contest. 32 million Hispanics will be expected to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. They will make up 13.3 percent of all eligible voters. That said, the number of Hispanic eligible voters is significantly lower than the 60 million Hispanics who live in the country.
Nationally speaking, 62 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party On the other hand, 34 percent hold similar inclinations with the Republican Party.
Pew Research Center highlighted five key facts about the geographic distribution of the Latino vote for the 2020 presidential election:
Here are five facts about the geography of Latino voters for the upcoming 2020 presidential election:
1 Two-in-three Latino eligible voters live in just five states. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. Texas is second with 5.6 million, followed by Florida (3.1 million), New York (2.0 million) and Arizona (1.2 million).
2 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in New Mexico (43%). The other top states are California (30%), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%) and Florida (20%).
3 Texas’ 20th Congressional District is home to 359,000 Latino eligible voters, the highest number of any congressional district in the country. Texas’ 16th, 34th and 23rd districts, and Florida’s 26th District, round out the top five, each with at least 321,000 Latino eligible voters.
4 California’s 40th District has the nation’s highest share (80%) of Latinos among its eligible voter population. Texas is home to the next four highest districts, where at least seven-in-ten eligible voters in each are Latino: the 34th District (79%), 16th District (77%), 15th District (73%) and the 28th District (71%).
In 26 congressional districts, Latinos represent at least half of all eligible voters. Most are in California (11 districts) and Texas (eight districts). Florida (25th, 26th and 27th districts), Arizona (3rd and 7th districts), New York (15th District) and Illinois (4th District) also are home to congressional districts that meet this threshold.
5 Only about half of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics are eligible to vote – the smallest share of any racial or ethnic group. While the Hispanic population has grown rapidly in recent decades, many are not eligible voters. More than other racial or ethnic groups, many Hispanics are young (18.6 million are under 18 years old) or non-citizen adults (11.3 million, more than half of whom are unauthorized immigrants).
Hispanics will be one of the key constituents that will play a huge role in American politics from here on out. Despite all the media hype about them being a reliable bloc vote because of the GOP’s supposedly tough stances on immigration restriction, many Hispanics do in fact support tighter controls on immigration. Additionally, in certain crucial swing states such as Florida, Hispanics are beginning to head on over to the Republican side.
Trump’s national populism, not Hispandering, is key in making sure that Democrats don’t turn the Hispanic vote into a dominate segment of its coalition. All things considered, Hispanics will play a pivotal role in leading Donald Trump to victory on November 3.
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