Steven King believes in using gerrymandering to win elections. He believes what he is doing is legal, if perhaps on a smaller scale than most of his Republican colleagues may be willing to concede. It’s his party, and he’ll cry if he wants to. “I don’t think there’s any argument that our remapping was legitimate,” King told Fox News Channel. “I think it was good, it was just a little outside the norm.” His colleagues disagree. “Part of our reluctance to engage in litigation is if I think he’s just comparing apples and oranges,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Fox News Channel on Wednesday. “They may call us thieves. If he would compare us to the Supreme Court deciding we steal elections and nobody challenges that, it’s actually pretty similar, because that is what the courts are deciding all the time.” And as for the Democrats’, they don’t take kindly to meddling by Republicans with their plans to fix the map. “It’s their system, and if they want to take away power it would just be unfortunate,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
An agreement was struck Wednesday by House Democratic leaders in Congress to put a lawsuit on hold after a new federal judge struck down a Minnesota redistricting map as tainted by partisan gerrymandering.
“Both Democrats and Republicans should be working together on redistricting,” said Rep. King, who filed suit in Minnesota after a Republican-drawn map he called unfair to Democrats in November.
A split Republican federal court in Minneapolis ruled on Nov. 28 that a map released by Minnesota Republicans in 2012 was too partisan and unfairly decreased the influence of Democrats and was invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2013.
The court ordered Democrats, who couldn’t agree on their own map because of political disagreements, to redraw the districts, which will be featured in the 2020 elections.
The lawsuit filed by Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-4) represented 22 of the state’s 39 electoral votes. They said it was “egregious” and unconstitutional.
The two sides came to a bipartisan agreement, which appeals court Judge Basileius Hanson (R) signed off on Thursday.
“The opinion provides Democrats and Republicans alike some much-needed protection for their respective parties,” said Andujar Dovgantas, an attorney with the firm Aird and Associates who led Emmer’s redistricting lawsuit. “We always knew the shape of the redistricting map was unconstitutional, it just took some changes in the court system to take it away from the partisan process and put it in the hands of someone who was strictly an impartial.”
Jordan said he disagrees with the court ruling on partisan gerrymandering because he thinks his opponents would stop short of actually stealing elections.
“To win in the United States of America, you can’t have your own party do your remapping, you can’t do it in a partisan matter,” Jordan said. “You’ve got to do it under a non-partisan basis.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now conducting a final investigation in charge of finding out if President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to break into the Democratic National Committee system at the same time as WikiLeaks was colluding with the Russians to release hacked Hillary Clinton emails.
Democrats claim Trump and his former campaign chief, Paul Manafort, conspired with the Russians. GOP leaders are now advising the president to fire Mueller.
Despite Democrats bragging about how many new voters they brought into the polls in November, it was a particularly low turnout for them. At 23%, the midterm turnout was far below the 2016 presidential election turnout rate of 35%.
The midterm turnout was also lower in this country than in 25 out of the last 26 midterm elections.
Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights leader who was among those beaten at Selma, Alabama, in 1965, predicted in a statement released after the midterm elections, “Democrats will mark this as their most disgraceful election cycle.”
Democrats only won one state Senate seat, Mark Dayton won reelection as governor in Minnesota by only 1 percent, and barely won the presidential election for the first time since 1992.
Democrats also got a “shellacking” in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) legislative elections, losing 2 of every 5 legislative seats, including their dominance in California.
Steve King will be on Sean Hannity tonight at 9pm ET on Fox News Channel.