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Rush Limbaugh says he believes the U.S. is headed for ‘secession’ after divisive election

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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh told his audience Wednesday he believes the United States is lurching ever closer toward “secession” as many of his fellow conservatives find themselves at growing odds with those on the political left regarding the direction of the country.

Most importantly, his comments follow a divisive presidential election and come as the country tries to grapple with how to properly move forward together and reconcile with each other amidst the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Experts, it should be noted, are in agreement that, while the U.S. is way more polarized now that it was in the 2000s and 1990s, the country has been becoming more polarized ideologically over the course of at least the past half-century.

“I actually think that we’re trending toward secession,” the decades-long conservative pundit said on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

“I see more and more people asking, ‘What in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York?’” Limbaugh added.

Furthermore, the influential conservative put forward that Americans on the polar-opposite ends of the political spectrum cannot peacefully run the country together.

“There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs,” he said. “We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way.

“And I know that there’s a sizable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed, whether we want to or not—whether we want to go there or not,” the 69-year-old host continued. “I myself haven’t made up my mind. I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win.”

Secession, according to legal precedent, is illegal in the United States. The ruling from the 1869 U.S. Supreme Court case Texas v. White is commonly held as establishing that precedent, in which the highest court in the land ruled that the U.S. is “an indestructible union”. Despite this legal hurdle, Limbaugh’s comments aren’t the first time a U.S. political movement has threatened or brought up secession after a presidential election loss.

After then-candidate Donald Trump‘s controversial 2016 win, which saw him win the Electoral College but lose the popular vote, there was a momentary groundswell of support in California for the reliably Democratic state to secede from the rest of the country. That, however, never gained mainstream support from most Californians or public officials.

Going back to President Barack Obama’s first term in office, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), while never advocating for secession, on a few occasions did infamously bring up the topic and hint that the Lone Star State did it once and could do it again amidst the growing conservative grassroots anger at Obama at the time. Texas secession comes up every once in a while, but no attempt has brought the state remotely close to secession since being readmitted into the Union following the Civil War.

Circling back to 2020, it’s also worth mentioning a startling Hofstra University poll that made headlines in September, which found that 39% of likely voters at the time would support their state requesting to secede from the union if their candidate lost. Looking deeper, the poll found that party affiliation had little influence on that support, with 41% of Democrats and 44% of Republicans supporting it in September.

Back in February, President Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during his annual State of the Union address to Limbaugh, who had recently announced that he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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