Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on Minnesota slammed Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas because of his district’s demographics after the latter criticized the Democrats’ failed election reform bill dubbed by them “For the People Act”.
The controversial Squad member did so even though her own electoral district is actually “whiter” in population terms than Crenshaw’s!
The Texas GOP representative took to Twitter to expose some of the fallacies of the Democratic draft legislation claiming to enhance voting rights.
He pointed out that providing for political campaigns funded by the taxpayers is in no way a “voting right” thing while asking for voter ID cannot be considered “voter suppression.”
Crenshaw also added that efforts to make elections secure and transparent could in no way be termed “Jim Crow on steroids.”
Omar was quick to react to Crenshaw’s tweet by posting images on the demographics of his district, the Second District of Texas, which is majority white, with higher-earning voters.
The electoral district in question contains some of the northern and western parts of Houston.
She seemed to argue that Crenshaw’s failure to appreciate what the Democrats were trying to achieve with their draft bill was due to what his district looks like.
Government data at DataUSA cited by Fox News shows that Crenshaw’s district consists of 46.3% non-Hispanic whites; 12.5% non-Hispanic blacks; 7.7% non-Hispanic Asians; 19.7% Hispanic whites, and 10.4% Hispanic people of color
The median household income in Grenshaw’s district was $80,922 as per 2019 inflation-adjusted dollars.
Not much difference
At the same time, Omar’s electoral district, Minnesota’s 5th congressional district which covers Minneapolis, consists of 62.7% non-Hispanic whites; 16.9% blacks; 5.9% non-Hispanic Asians; 4.6% Hispanic whites; and 3.7% Hispanic people of color.
The district has a median household income of $68,709.
In his criticism of the draft “For the People Act”, Texas Republican Crenshaw was exposing the fact that, as it seeks to take aim at big donors, the bill would establish a new system for matching financing for congressional elections in order to incentivize more grassroots donations.
It would also require that states should adopt independent redistricting commissions, therefore, preventing partisan gerrymandering.
Crenshaw was also demonstrating his support for the stricter voting regulations recently approved or presently under consideration in a number of states led by the GOP.
Those include a Texas bill that couldn’t be adopted after the Democrats in the state legislature staged a walkout in order to disrupt the quorum to hold the vote.
The bill in question stipulates new ID requirements for absentee ballots, among other rules.