Republicans have long been using a dirty tactic called “gerrymandering” to redraw district lines so that their districts are more friendly to them. Arnold Schwarzenegger says that they’ve gone too far this time, and is putting his money where his mouth is.
He’s committed to matching donations that are made to help fight gerrymandering, and make Congress instead “work for us.”
“It is now time to take independent redistricting reform nationwide. It’s complicated, but we are here to show you that it is not impossible,” Schwarzenegger wrote, referring to a reform effort in California.
He points to the efforts in California as hope that this could be made into a nationwide movement of accountability. He asked his viewers and supporters to donate to Crowdpac, a non-partisan organization that is dedicated to helping Americans organize and promote change in politics.
“It’s a three-pronged attack — we will fight gerrymandering with grassroots initiatives, we will fight it by lobbying in state capitols and we will fight it in the courts. Together, we will win,” he said.
An example of these abuses of power comes from Georgia, where Republicans have been slowly losing their once firm grasp on the state. In the 2016 election, now-President Donald Trump only beat out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a slim margin of 5 points. Because of their trickery with the state legislators gerrymandering, the GOP now has a near supermajority, and they plan on solidifying that to a supermajority in 2018.
A little over a month ago the House GOP drafted and passed a bill that would push black voters out of quite a few of their districts so that they can bring white voters with Republican sympathies in.
This bill, which would take two predominantly white districts from a Democrat and trade them for two predominantly black districts from a Republican, was introduced without any warning, and was passed just two days after being brought forward.
According to the AJC:
The biggest changes strengthen Republican districts that have become more competitive. Golick won re-election in November with 53 percent of the vote over Democrat Erick Allen, down from the 60 percent to 40 percent margin by which Golick won in 2014. Golick declined comment.
In south Metro Atlanta, Rep. Brian Strickland, R-McDonough, has seen his margin of victory fall from 6 percentage points in 2012 to less than 2 percentage points in 2016. HB 515 takes several GOP-heavy precincts out of Griffin Republican Rep. Karen Mathiak’s neighboring District 73 and gives them to Strickland.
And the craziest thing is, this isn’t even legal! Under the Equal Protection Clause, Georgia is unable to legally use factors such as race as the predominate factor when making changes like this.
The fact that the Republicans think they can get away with this just goes to show you how truly out of touch with reality they really are. This is the kind of stories we need to be highlighting so that when election season comes around, we have the ammo to appeal to undecided America and get these racists out of power.