Fierce backlash has forced the number two Democrat in the U.S. House to walk back his comments that he made seeming to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the soon to happen 2022 midterms in November.
Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), recently said to Politico that he agreed with President Biden’s fairness claim for the midterms depends on whether the Dems pass federal legislation to undo GOP-backed election security reforms in many states.
“I think it would be easily illegitimate,” Biden said to reporters at a rare media conference last week.
“I am not going to say it will be legit. It’s — the prospect of it being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us making these reforms,” Joe Biden said.
Asked about Biden’s claims, Hoyer stated, “President Joe Biden is right” that the election will not be legitimate without the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and other reforms supported by Dems.
“This is about Democracy and an America that really believes in ensuring that the people’s voice is heard and reflected in the election,” Hoyer stated.
But the Dem leader faced a flurry of criticisms after Politico revealed that Hoyer “seemed to agree with President Biden’s suggestion that the 2022 election could be invalid without the approval of voting rights laws.”
Hoyer’s office gave a comment to Fox News to fix the problem. Hoyer comms. director Margaret Mulkerrin said that Hoyer does not think the midterms will be illegitimate.
“Leader Hoyer shares President Joe Biden’s concern that GOP attempts to exclude millions of voters are very alarming, and raises serious concerns that people who want to make their voices heard will not be able to participate,” Mulkerrin said.
“Leader Hoyer does not think the midterms will be illegitimate, nor does he claim that ballots should be thrown out if a Dem. loses – simply that millions of people have been disenfranchised from our democracy by Republican election legislation, and that we should take prompt steps to prevent this by passing urgently required measures to guard their right to vote.”
Various Dems have claimed that “democracy” is at risk should the U.S. Congress fail to pass reforms this year. They also say the Freedom to Vote Act would create federal standards for elections, expand absentee and mail-in voting (making it easier to cheat), loosen voter ID laws (making it easier for illegals to vote), and make Election Day a national holiday, among other reforms.