House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan is in hot water after daring to suggest late last week that only American citizens ought to be voting in U.S. elections.
The Ohio Republican made his remark in reference to House Joint Resolution 24, “Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in Approving the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022,” which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.
The comment was in regard to House Joint Resolution 24, or the “Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in Approving the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022,” which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. The measure seeks to overturn an ordinance passed in Washington, D.C. over Mayor Muriel Bower’s veto in October, allowing non-citizens living in the nation’s capital the right to vote for the mayor, city council member, attorney general, school board member, and commissioner. The measure was to be reviewed by Congress and then take effect in March, The Blaze reported, adding:
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) pointed out there were 162 Democrats who voted to allow non-citizens to vote in D.C. elections. All 218 Republicans in the House voted not to let non-citizens vote in D.C. elections. The House voted to overturn the bill by a vote of 260-162.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 10, 2023
Jordan responded to the vote by tweeting, “Yesterday, 162 Democrats voted to allow illegal aliens to vote in elections in Washington D.C. Ridiculous. Only AMERICANS should vote in AMERICAN elections.”
Yesterday, 162 Democrats voted to allow illegal aliens to vote in elections in Washington D.C.
Only AMERICANS should vote in AMERICAN elections.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 10, 2023
But not everyone agreed that only Americans should be casting votes for their leaders and deciding their own issues.
One Twitter user lashed out, “You, like Trump, lie every time you tweet or open your mouth.”
Another person blistered Jordan, “Since when do you care about people voting in actual elections?”
Someone else wrote, “Another day, another ridiculous distortion designed to radicalize the low-information pawns in GQP’s war on common sense.”
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., who is a non-voting member holding a symbolic position, labeled the joint resolutions “profoundly undemocratic, paternalistic.” She added: “D.C. residents, a majority of whom are Black and brown, are worthy and capable of governing themselves. Keep your hands off D.C.”
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who is chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, was the first to introduce the joint resolution ending non-citizen voting on Jan. 31, according to Fox News.
Congress “must ensure that these terrible laws do not take effect,” Comer said, according to Roll Call.
The Kentucky Republican also said the bill “will only exacerbate the ongoing border crisis, subvert the voices of American citizens, and open the door for foreign adversaries to peddle influence in our nation’s capital,” the report added.