Caroline Downey, National Review, July 19, 2021
During an address before Congress, Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin suggested that Republican-dominated state legislatures are enacting election bills as a defense mechanism because the GOP has lost its competitive power and no longer represents the majority of Americans.
“The demographics of America are not on the side of the Republican party. The new voters in this country are moving away from them, away from Donald Trump, away from their party creed that they preach,” Durbin stated. He said GOP defectors are switching allegiances to become independents or join the Democratic Party.
In the 2020 election, former president Donald Trump gained minority support, among Latinos, African Americans, Asians and women, expanding the GOP’s share of the vote among these identity groups.
The second-ranked Senate leader said the wave of voting legislation passed in Republican states was “by design” and a coordinated tactic to disenfranchise Americans from their right to vote. Durbin referenced the Senate Rules Committee’s visit in Georgia on Monday to discuss what Democrats believe to be voter suppression.