‘We have to stop this’: Trump insider voices former president’s opposition to sweeping election reform bill

Through one of his closest allies, President Donald Trump has just exposed the truth about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow Democrats’ push for sweeping election reforms.

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump adviser Jason Miller said Wednesday that the former president is wholly against what he’s described as an effort by Democrats to “rig” future elections with the widespread changes included in H.R. 1, a bill recently passed in the House that would expand voting rights and reform election systems nationwide.

“We have to stop this”

According to the Associated Press, H.R. 1 “touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process,” including by placing restrictions on gerrymandering, strengthening campaign finance rules, and reforming voter registration systems. Democrats including President Joe Biden have heralded the measure as a way “to repair and strengthen our democracy.”

After passing the House earlier this month in what the AP described as a “near party-line 220–210 vote,” the bill is now headed to the Senate, where Republicans including Trump are hoping it meets its swift demise.

“We have to stop this,” the former president has said of the measure, according to Miller. “We cannot let this go through,” he reportedly added.

“Trying to rig this thing”

The GOP’s concerns largely lie in the sweeping nature of the bill, which they say “would give license to unwanted federal interference in states’ authority to conduct their own elections,” as the AP reports. Republicans reportedly expect that higher voter turnout brought on by the bill, particularly among minority communities, would prove fruitful for Democrats.

“‘The media wants to forget what happened in 2020. I haven’t, and we have a lot of work we have to do.’ He said that,” Miller said of Trump on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner. “He said, ‘The media might want to forget what happened in 2020. I haven’t. We’re not going to forget what happened, and we got to stop this bill.'”

“Democrats are trying to rig this thing for election going forward,” Miller added.

“Anti-democratic”

Trump’s position on H.R. 1 seems to be shared by former Vice President Mike Pence, who wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Signal earlier this month that while he supports the idea of election reform, he also doesn’t believe it should happen at the federal level.

“Election reform is a national imperative, but under our Constitution, election reform must be undertaken at the state level,” Pence said. “Our Founders limited Congress’ role in conducting our elections for good reason: They wanted elections to be administered closest to the people, free from undue influence of the national government.”

Pence went on: “H.R. 1 is an unconstitutional, reckless, and anti-democratic bill that would erode those foundational principles and could permanently damage our republic.”

According to Reuters, it remains unclear when the Senate might take up the bill and what sort of chance it has of actually passing the upper chamber.

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