PolitiFact Face-Plants As Grassley Notes Polls Show Voters Favor Voter ID Laws

Stacey Matthews, aka Sister Toldjah, posted at the blog Legal Insurrection that PolitiFact’s lame Twitter critique of Senator Charles Grassley during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on H.R. 4 (which Democrats refer to as the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act”

In his usual Jimmy Stewart way, Grassley told leftist Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke that polls show a strong majority of Americans favor voter ID laws. Clarke called voter identification laws “a bunch of tricks to suppress the black vote.”

PolitiFact decided to offer a counter-rebuttal for some unknown reason. However, it did not address the facts. 

The August “explainer” article they linked to offered this attempt at nuance: “A wide variety of voter ID requirements and verification processes already exist, and critics of tightening voter ID laws usually don’t have a problem with these as long as there are a wide number of options and backup processes exist.”

This doesn’t sound accurate, considering that “critics of tightening voter ID laws” have an aggressive tendency to use terms like “Jim Crow on steroids” to describe them. 

This article also included the inconvenient truth that polls showed Americans favored voter ID in public polling. In their summary, they stated that polls showed broad support among the public for voter ID laws.

• A Monmouth University poll from June 2021 found that 80% of respondents supported “requiring voters to show a photo ID in order to vote.” 

• A Pew Research Center poll from April 2021 found that 76% of respondents favored “requiring all voters to show government-issued photo identification to vote.” 

• An AP-NORC poll from March 2021 found that 72% favored “requiring all voters to provide photo identification in order to vote.”

NewsBusters tweeted about PolitiFact’s odd tweet. “When the Facts are not on your side, argue the Facts “overlook nuances.”

PS. Here is a discussion that starts with Grassley talking about where the polls stand in favor voter ID.

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