JOE Biden and the Democrats' efforts to reform voting rights “pose the greatest threat to the United States since the Civil War”, according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The president was trolled for “neanderthal thinking” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott – hours after Biden criticized GOP-led bills during a speech in Pennsylvania.
Gingrich told Sean Hannity on Tuesday: “This isn't about facts. This is about a narrative.
'I'm going to shock you – I agree with the president. This is the greatest threat to the survival of freedom since the Civil War.”
He said the Democrats are “determined to destroy the American military” and alleged, “they’re determined to side with oligarchs in censoring Americans”.
Gingrich added: "I believe this is the greatest domestic threat the United States has faced to freedom since the Civil War, and the threat is entirely in the Democratic Party.
"And it is a mortal threat, and if they get their way, you will see them steal everything they need to steal."
Meanwhile, Gov. Abbott mocked Biden over the president's "neanderthal" remarks, Fox News reports.
In March, the president blasted governors' for "neanderthal thinking" as some states ended mandatory mask-wearing.
Abbott said: "It turned out he was wrong. After that opening, Texas' Covid numbers improved substantially. Well now, President Biden is calling Texas names once again.
“This time, he's chastising us for making it easy to vote but hard to cheat and once again, President Biden ignores the facts."
Abbott claims the proposed voting legislation expands early voting and prevents mail-in ballot fraud.
He said the laws will uphold the “integrity” of elections and called on Biden and the Democrats to “stop misinformation”.
The backlash comes after Biden blasted Republicans during a voting rights speech in Pennsylvania yesterday.
Referring to GOP-led attempts at voter restriction laws, he said: “Have you no shame?
“The 21st century Jim Crow assault is real. It’s unrelenting. And we’re going to challenge it vigorously.”
Biden said efforts to restrict voting rights are "un-American and undemocratic".
Texas state Republicans voted on Tuesday to arrest at least 58 Democratic representatives who fled to DC to block a voting bill.
The 21st century Jim Crow assault is real. It's unrelenting.
The group's absence denied the Texas House quorum – the minimum number of lawmakers needed for business to be conducted
It would've introduced requirements for mail-in voting and banned some early voting options, The Texas Tribune reports.
Abbott has said the Democratic lawmakers will face arrest when they return to the Lone Star State under a mechanism known as the "call of the House".
This tool allows cops to track down lawmakers who have fled the chamber.
The Republican governor branded the legislators “un-Texan.”
He said: “Isn’t that the most un-Texan thing you have ever heard. Texans running from a fight?
“They are quitters. It’s like during a football game or baseball game taking their equipment when they are way behind and just leaving the field.”
To permanently kill the GOP bills, the lawmakers must stay away from the legislature for 30 days.
State Rep Trey Martinez told CNN: "They are trying to take away our right to vote and we’re not going to put up with it. We are going to fight."
And Rep. Julie Johnson posted on Twitter: "When it comes to protecting our right to vote, all cards are on the table.
“We broke #quorum again today because the Gov & #txlege Repubs chose to bully Texans out of our constitutional rights instead of finding solutions to problems that really exist."
Earlier on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris praised the legislators for their “courage and commitment” for voter rights at an event in Detroit, Michigan.
She said: “I applaud them standing for the rights of all Americans, and all Texans to express their voice through their vote, unencumbered.
“I do believe that fighting for the right to vote is as American as apple pie.”
It comes as former president Donald Trump continues to repeat allegations that last year’s presidential election was a “hoax” after previously branding the vote the “big lie”.
This was in relation to a litany of baseless assertions of political corruption, machine tampering, and mysterious votes appearing out of nowhere that allowed Biden to "steal" the election.
Yet no concrete proof of election fraud was ever made public.
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