Politics Ted Cruz Mocks Michael Vick's Voting Rights Video With 'Killing Puppies' Diss
Voting rights: Democratic-led states eye expansion amid GOP push to restrict access
Virginia and New Jersey this week joined other Democratic-led states moving ahead with new laws that would expand voting access -- a stark contrast to the Republican rush in statehouses across the country to make voting more difficult. © Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on October 31, 2020 in Alexandria, Virginia. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, which has tracked voting measures across the country, 843 bills that would expand voting access, largely offered by Democrats, have been introduced in 47 states.
Texas Republican Senatormocked former quarterback Michael Vick following his appearance in a voting rights video, by commenting on the sports star's past convictions related to dogfighting
In a video, uploaded by voting rights organization More Than A Vote (MTAV) on Monday, Vick spoke out against Florida lawmakers' plans to amend elements of the voting process in the state.
Speaking about the provisions, Vick said: "You see what's happening, it's not just in Georgia. It's here in Florida."
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He continued: "Last year I had my voting rights restored from the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. I did it for myself, but also for my future. Having children I realized I could make a difference. So, I got my voting rights restored, got registered to vote, and I got my vote in through the postal service since I was working out in California during football season."
Vick then outlined several of the controversial elements in the proposed bill that is making its way through the Flordia House of Representatives.
The many provisions included in House Bill 7041 include limiting the availability of ballot drop boxes and the hours they can be accessed, cracking down on volunteers' ability to bring food and drink to voters in line.
Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges in ethics complaints
Sen. Ted Cruz violated campaign finance rules by using donor funds to promote his book, a watchdog alleged Wednesday in two ethics complaints. The Campaign Legal Center accused Cruz's campaign committee of spending up to $18,000 on Facebook advertisements that "exclusively" urged viewers to buy copies of the senator's book. Cruz's book deal with Regnery Publishing netted him a $400,000 advance and a 15% royalty on net sales of hardcover copies, the CLC said, citing the senator's financial disclosure report. © Provided by CNBC Sen.
Cruz later responded to Vick's appearance in MTAV's video with a pointed jab at the football star's guilty plea in a dogfighting case.
In a tweet, which included the one-minute MTAV video, Cruz said: "If you like killing puppies, this might be persuasive."
If you like killing puppies, this might be persuasive. https://t.co/LtvsyaSE6h— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 13, 2021
The Republican's comment hinted at Vick's 2007 and 2008 convictions related to dogfighting at his home in Virginia.
Vick acknowledged that he knew poor-performing dogs were killed and admitted to being involved in the killing of at least eight dogs.
"All of those dogs were killed by various methods, including hanging and drowning," court documents from his trial alleged.
Cruz has also supported Republican voting bills at the state level and accusedof attempting to "manipulate and steal" elections through the H.R. 1 For the People Act.
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Democrats said the bill would improve voting rights by improving voter access and limiting gerrymandering.called the bill a Democratic power grab.
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Cruz's and Republicans' voter fraud allegations come after the election defeat of former Presidentin November 2020. Following 's victory, Trump claimed widespread voter fraud, although they could not be proved in court.
In the aftermath of their defeat, Republican lawmakers introduced bills, which they said would help prevent voter fraud. The most notable is Georgia's controversial Election Integrity Act of 2021, which Democrats have labelled a voter suppression bill.
Cruz slams Democrats' 'expertise in bigotry' after they announce hearing on Jim Crow laws: 'Dems wrote Jim Crow' .
Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at Democrats for their "expertise in bigotry & discrimination" in response to the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee holding a hearing on the history of Jim Crow laws. © Provided by Washington Examiner “Impressive candor for Senate Dems to hold a hearing on the history of Jim Crow laws," Cruz said on Twitter before reeling off a list of controversial Democrats. “Dems wrote Jim Crow. Sadly, they’ve got a lot of expertise in bigotry & discrimination.