Oct 17, 2021
Kinzinger defends not supporting voting rights act: Democrats have to quit playing politics
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Illinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended his decision to not support the John LewisJohn LewisWhat's at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule A holistic approach to climate equity Senate Judiciary squares off over John Lewis voting rights bill MORE Voting Rights Act, saying, "Democrats have to quit playing politics."
While appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Kinzinger was asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE why he didn't support the bill and whether he believed there was a bipartisan effort that Republicans could get behind.
"I certainly hope there is. I think there is," said Kinzinger.
"Look, you can call a bill the Voting Rights Act, and then left-wing Twitter goes nuts about this by the way, and they can say you voted against voting rights without even look into the details," the Illinois Republican said.
Kinzinger argued that passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act as it is written now would simply be a reimplementation of temporary provisions that were included in the Civil Rights Act of 1960 that required all states get federal approval for changes to election systems. The Supreme Court invalidated this part of the bill in 2013.
Kinzinger said that this type of measure would have passed in the Trump administration.
"The problem is, you know I admonish my side all the time about playing politics. The Democrats have to quit playing politics on some of this too," said Kinzinger. "You can call it the For the People Act which was the other one and really what that is is public funding for campaigns among another whole host of things. If we actually went into this as adults with real discussions I think we can solve stuff."Tags Adam Kinzinger Jake Tapper John Lewis Democratic Party For the People Act John Lewis Voting Rights Act
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Basketball Superstar Enes Kanter Confirms Hes Considering A Career In Politics After NBA
During the SiriusXM “The Megyn Kelly Show” podcast Monday, host Megyn Kelly asked the Boston Celtics center about his recent appearances with politicians on both sides of the political aisle naming people like Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democratic New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
“You go on MSNBC, you go on Fox,” Kelly said. “It did leave me to wonder if you might be planning a future in politics. So, you can actually make a difference in other ways too.” (RELATED: NBA Player Enes Kanter Says He’s Becoming A Citizen Of ‘The Greatest Country In The World’)
It starts at the 24:51 minute mark. (RELATED: Enes Kanter Says LeBron James’ Former Teammates Told Him The Basketball Star Only Cares About His ‘PR’)
“Not that you’re not making a difference now,” she added. “You are doing something important now.”
“You know it is important to put the right people in politics because it can literally change the country’s direction,” Enes replied. “So, you know when I sit down with so many politicians, Democrats and Republicans, you know the first thing they tell me is ‘you know, you have a bright future in politics. So, after your basketball career, please consider it.'”
“And I was like, you know what, I am actually considering it after my basketball career, ” he added. “I don’t know how long I’ll be playing in the NBA. But after my sports career, I’d love to start getting into American politics.”
Kanter recently celebrated becoming an official citizen of the United States. He has been one of the only voices in the league to speak up for Uyghurs and the people of Tibet as he’s slammed China for its human rights violations.
He also recently called out basketball star LeBron James for valuing “money over morals” and American companies “for turning a blind eye toward human rights abuses in China.”