Lame Duck Republicans Try to Strip Power from Newly Elected Democratic Officials | The Daily Show

Lame Duck Republicans Try to Strip Power from Newly Elected Democratic Officials | The Daily Show


As we know by now,
the midterm elections were a big win
for the Democrats. But Republicans
didn’t make it easy for them. The gerrymandered districts. They created
new voting restrictions. They even printed ballots on nude photos
of Mitch McConnell. (laughter) And if the choice
is vote or die, in that case, I choose die. But even after Republicans
were removed from power, they were saying,
“All right, fine. We’ll leave. But we’re taking the power
with us.” Outrage in Wisconsin
and Michigan as lame-duck Republicans attempt to strip power
from elected officials before Democrats
actually take control. Protesters descended on the
Wisconsin State Capitol today, decrying what they are calling a last-minute
lame-duck power grab by the state’s
Republican legislature. Republican majorities
in the state legislatures have moved quickly in the
last days of unified governance to pass a slew of measures
that would limit the authority of both the governor
and the attorney general right before Democrats
take those offices. A-a hot mess?
Who still says that? Does Wisconsin get their slang
on a five-year delay? “Well, it’s a hot mess,
fo’ shizzle. This legislation
is officially off fleek.” (laughter) Now, “hot mess”
doesn’t even capture how blatantly corrupt
this power grab is. Democrats in Wisconsin
and Michigan have got– Democrats in Wisconsin
and Michigan got hired to be governors,
and now Republicans are making those positions
less powerful before they take office. This-this would be like Marvel changing
Spider-Man’s superpowers now that he’s black. It’s like,
“Oh, okay, okay, Miles, “so you can’t shoot webs
and you-you can’t climb walls, “but you do get… “a monthly bus pass. Welcome to the Avengers.” And the powers being taken away
are not small things, like, you know,
which kind of duck gets to be on the back of the state
quarter, which, I mean, obviously, would be
the northern pintail. The mallard is such a obviously
just stereotypical ch– We’ll talk about it later.
That’s cool, that’s cool. Right now, Republicans
are basically trying to stop Democratic governors
from carrying out promises that they campaigned on
and that voters voted for, like campaign finance reform
and protecting Medicaid. So this is voter suppression
after the election, and it’s despicable. But, at the same time, I get where the Republicans
are coming from. You don’t want somebody
to be happy now that you’re out
of the picture. If my girlfriend dumped me
and started dating a new guy, I’d do the exact same thing. Like, “All right, that’s cool.
You got a new dude. “That’s cool, that’s cool. “But y’all can’t go
to P.F. Chang’s. That’s my spot!” (mumbles): Couldn’t handle
spring rolls with no new dude. (laughter) The ballsiest part
about all of this is that Republicans
don’t even care enough to come up with a good excuse. REPORTER: Senate Majority Leader
Scott Fitzgerald commenting that they are preparing
for divide in the capitol. I’m concerned.
I think that, um, -Governor-elect Evers
is going to bring -WOMAN: Yeah. a liberal agenda to Wisconsin. Goddamn! That was just the truth
right there, He didn’t even try
to sugarcoat it. He’s just like,
“The people of Wisconsin “want this liberal stuff, and I don’t, so (bleep) ’em.” I hope this guy is that honest
about everything. “Uh, don’t-don’t worry, kids. “We sent your dog
to a farm upstate “to have him murdered, because he was old and gross.” And while all of this
is happening up in Michigan and Wisconsin,
another voting scandal is unfolding in North Carolina. Turns out, last month’s race for the Ninth
Congressional District might have been outright stolen. One razor-thin North Carolina
House race is still not settled amid irregularities
and allegations of fraud. The bipartisan state election
board decided not to certify the race between Republican Mark Harris
and Democrat Dan McCready. The two are currently separated
by just 905 votes. REPORTER: Democrats turned over
several sworn affidavits yesterday that raised questions
about voting in Bladen County,
sharing stories of voters who said a person
inappropriately stopped by their homes and collected
their absentee ballots, one woman swearing the lady
said she would finish her incomplete absentee ballot
on her behalf. So, apparently,
a Republican campaign worker was going around, taking
people’s absentee ballots, saying, “Oh, no, no.
Don’t worry, don’t worry. I’ll finish it for you,” which should have been
the first red flag. Nobody likes voting! So why would anyone want
to do extra voting? If someone came by
and said that they’re gonna do your jury duty for you,
something’s up. “Hey, hey, hey. How you doing? “I was just in the neighborhood,
and I was just wondering if you had any kidney stones
I could pass.” So, between Michigan,
Wisconsin, and North Carolina, Republicans are doing
everything they can to distort the will
of the people. And what makes it so ironic
is that, for years, Republicans have been searching
high and low for evidence of voter fraud, but it turns out
it was inside them all along.