Stephen Colbert exposes Republicans’ anti-voting legislation

Stephen Colbert (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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Stephen Colbert hoped that the Republican Party would do some soul searching after the 2020 presidential election and attempt to move on from the lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the last administration. Instead, the GOP is looking to make sure 2020 never happens again when it comes to losing an election due to high voter turnout.

Over 156 million Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election, the most in U.S. history. More than 80 million of those votes were cast for President Joe Biden. The high voter turnout also helped Democrats capture Georgia’s two Senate seats.

So rather than reconsider its policies or find more appealing candidates, it looks as if the Republican Party is looking to game the system. That was the case Stephen Colbert’s monologue made last night on The Late Show.

Colbert highlighted legislation in multiple states that would limit mail-in voting, restrict access to absentee ballots, and take other measures to deter voter turnout. According to Colbert, it is all part of the GOP’s plan to unleash “a tidal wave of anti-voting legislation.”

Stephen Colbert reveals the real reason for Republican legislation on voting

The proposed changes to voting laws in states like Georgia are designed to restore confidence in the electoral system. At least that is the argument being made by the Republicans looking to implement the changes.

Stephen Colbert isn’t buying it and he debunks that argument with ease. He reminds his audience that Georgia’s Republican governor, secretary of state, and voting systems manager all said the 2020 election was fair and free of fraud. The Late Show host sums it up perfectly:

"There’s plenty of confidence in the election. You’re just confident you’re going to lose it so you’re tilting the playing field. That’s like the NFL restricting Tom Brady to restore confidence in the Kansas City Chiefs."

Colbert isn’t saying anything that isn’t obvious; in fact, his argument was made indirectly by an attorney for Arizona’s Republican Party in front of the Supreme Court. The attorney admitted that the GOP is at a “competitive disadvantage” with Democrats.

For Colbert, it proves Democrats believe in democracy while Republicans only want “unlimited power.” So it’s safe to say that the GOP didn’t learn the kind of lessons from 2020 that Colbert was hoping for.

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