Cruz Proposes Texas Secession If Democrats Pass Voting Rights Reforms

Texas may need to consider secession from the United States if Democrats adopt agenda items to enfranchise voters who are not eligible for voting, Senator Ted Cruz (R.Texas), said last month.

Speaking at Texas A&M in mid-October, Cruz, in response to a question from an audience member on the issue of Texas secession, said he’s “not ready to give up on America yet.” But if Democrats end the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, make Washington D.C. a state or pass federal reforms intended to make voting more accessible nationwide, “there may come a point where it’s hopeless,” Cruz added.

Those types of reforms would “fundamentally destroy the country,” he said.

Democrats have been discussing the possibility of To pass legislation protecting voting rights, we need to change the filibuster rulesBy allowing a simple majority of the Senate to establish national standards that will be followed by every U.S. State. Washington D.C. is now a state This would allow residents from that jurisdiction to be represented in CongressThis is a goal many have longed for for many decades. A majority of Americans support the idea of D.C. being a state.

Some polls have also shown that nearly half of the country supports “packing” or increasing the size of the Supreme Court. This is a common practice, as the High Court has had to change its size many times over its history. was in 1869.

Coincidentally that was the same year that the Supreme Court ruled that states don’t have the right to secedeFive years after the Civil War ended, the Union was established. In Texas v. WhiteThe court ruled by a 5-3 vote that individual states could not leave the Union, even with the support of their citizens.

Recent Supreme Court justices also addressed the issue. Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative stalwart on the Supreme Court before his death in 2016, replied to a 2006 screenwriter’s letter about the issue.

“If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede,” Scalia said in his reply.

In his remarks last month, Cruz said that he wasn’t ready to support secession quite yet. He also said that if those changes were to happen, he would support them. Texas should “take”NASA, the military infrastructure of the state, as well as the oil produced by the state

It is unclear whether Cruz is serious about the question of secession. When Cruz was asked if Texas would consider Joe Rogan, an Austin-based podcaster, who regularly spread false information about a coronavirus epidemic on his show, the answer was no. the Texas senator responded with enthusiasm.

“Joe Rogan, he might be president of Texas!” Cruz said.