Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) warned viewers on MSNBC Monday that if they do not vote Democratic in 2022, they may lose their right to vote forever.
Appearances on “In an interview with Chris Hayes”, the California congressman claimed that a Democratic defeat in the midterm elections may spell the end of American elections. Swalwell’s argument cited a number of Republican state legislatures that he feels are attempting to reverse Democratic successes.
“I’m worried that if Republicans win in the midterm elections, that voting as we know it in this country will be gone,” Swalwell said. “They’re already putting as many barriers to the ballot box as possible in Arizona, Florida, Texas, Georgia. And on the other side of the finish line, they’re putting in place processes where they could reverse the outcome even if we crawl through glass and run through the fire to get to the ballot box. And so if they are able to win the House, the damage they could do to permanently make it difficult to vote and just alter the way that we participate in the democratic process could be irreversible.”
Swalwell believes that the moves done by Republican state legislatures are aimed at ensuring former President Donald Trump’s win in 2024, regardless of whether he receives the most votes.
“This is not only the most important election. If we don’t get it right, it could be the last election,” Swalwell said. “Because they’re also putting in place what I believe is a way to make sure that Donald Trump wins with what they’re doing across state legislatures to allow them to reverse the outcome and the electoral college.”