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House Republicans are supporting war on democracy because they agree with it

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The House Minority Leader has joined the vast majority of House Republicans in supporting Texas’s efforts to disenfranchise voters in four states because they voted for the candidate of the opposing party. Here’s some crucial context for this decision:

The Senate passed a $741 billion defense authorization bill on Friday, sending it to President Trump with veto-proof majorities in both chambers of Congress and effectively daring him to make good on his threat to scuttle the legislation.

The tally was 84 to 13.

In recent weeks, Trump has escalated his promises to veto the annual legislation, which directs funding for the Pentagon on everything from overseas operations to health care for civilian and uniformed personnel.

Trump’s threats began over the summer, when he vowed to stymie the legislation if it included a directive to the Defense Department to rename installations commemorating Confederate figures. More recently, he has demanded that the bill repeal an unrelated law granting technology companies liability protections against content that users post to their websites.

Congressional Republicans have no problem going against Trump if they disagree with him on the merits. They’re not going along with his election theft scheme out of fear. They simply share his contempt for liberal democracy.

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