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More drama at Fox News over the election.
During an off-the-rails segment Tuesday on “The Faulkner Focus,” American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp and left-wing analyst Chris Hahn got into a heated shouting match over voter ID laws.
The panel began discussing CPAC, which ended on Sunday with President Trump speaking to the crowd about a host of issues, including the 2022 elections.
Guest host Martha MacCallum quickly lost control of the segment when Hahn falsely — and repeatedly — accused Republicans of wanting to suppress voting because they can’t win with ideas.
“Well look, it’s a redistricting year, and Republicans will do everything they can to gerrymander the seats they need,” Hahn began.
“They won’t win because of ideas. They won’t win because they’ve done anything good. They won’t win because they’re going to be running on Trump’s failed record. They’re going to win because of partisan gerrymandering, and that’s it,” Hahn added.
Schlapp immediately hit back at this absurd statement.
“This question of gerrymandering is what majorities of both parties do to try to optimize the number of House seats. It’s what is written into the Constitution,” Schlapp responded.
“The real question when it comes to all of this is H.R. 1, which is going through Congress, and that would actually undermine all these state election rules. It would nationalize our election process … It’ll be our worst Democratic nightmare. No voter registration, no signature verification. We should not go there as a country,” Schlapp added.
“More suppression is all you want,” Hahn said, which is another false claim.
“I want everyone to vote,” Schlapp hit back.
“All Matt wants, and all conservatives want, is fewer people to vote. Because when a lot of people vote, Republicans with no policies do not win. So H.R. 1 needs to pass. So does the John Lewis Voting Rights Act … If the Senate needs to get rid of the filibuster to do it, they should,” Hahn said.
This was about the third time Hahn was allowed to make this demonstrably false claim.
Hahn tried to step in again, but Schlapp raised his voice: “Let me finish!”
On Tuesday, the Georgia House voted along party lines, 97-72, on the sweeping elections bill supported by Republicans who want to impose new voting requirements.
The bill now heads to the state Senate, where a committee voted Monday to end no-excuse absentee voting, which would require most voters to cast ballots in person.
The bill would require a photo ID for absentee voting, put limits in place on the amount of time voters have to request absentee ballots, place restrictions on ballot drop box locations and when they can be accessed, and limit early voting hours on weekends.
That legislation could receive a vote in the full Senate within days.
Several Democratic members of the Georgia House joined protests of the new legislation inside the state Capitol on Tuesday.
About a dozen lawmakers stood in front of a large marble staircase in the Capitol, holding signs that read “Protect the vote” while chanting, “Stop voter suppression.”