Popular MSNBC host Joy Reid utilized her show to call out Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Reid identified Abbott as a “Jim Crow governor,” referring to a well-known legal system that introduced racial segregation in the late 19th century.
The MSNBC host was particularly dissatisfied with Abbott’s announcement that he will arrest each Democratic state Representative who flees from Austin during the special session aimed at introducing new electoral laws.
In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Abbott said that each Representative who leaves Texas during the election could expect to get arrested upon their return.
Abbott added that lawmakers might even be brought to the session in order to perform their duties.
Abbott’s remarks seemingly triggered Reid.
The MSNBC host also took offense with Democratic Senators Krystin Sinema and Joe Manchin, who expressed their disagreement with the plans to abolish a Senate filibuster.
Reid pointed out that the behavior of officials such as Sinema and Manchin represents a departure from the will of voters and, as such, forces President Biden to neglect the voters’ trust in a similar way.
Comments from the former DOJ official
Xochitl Hinojosa, a woman who used to be a spokesperson of the Department of Justice (DOJ) provided her take on the issue of Texas voting reform.
She expressed her belief that President Biden would take action to stop the procedure she described as “nonsensical.”
Hinojosa added that, according to her assessment, the main goal of Republicans is to enforce voting reforms to deprive minorities of accessible mail-in options.
The former DOJ official particularly addressed the alleged Republican concern about Harris County in Houston, one of the largest in Texas.
Hinojosa emphasized that mailed applications may predominantly be utilized by African-American and Latin voters, who might get Republicans out of power.
On the other hand, Texas Republicans remain confident that voting reforms would ensure a much fairer voting procedure in the state, especially by adding more time for early voting and preventing the practice of ballot harvesting.
They point to the opposite conclusion: Democrats are trying to stop the reforms so that they could get an unfair advantage during the upcoming 2022 midterm election.