February 14, 2023

Alaskan Republican Senator Dan Sullivan almost hyperventilated when questioning Gigi B. Sohn during her FCC Senate Confirmation Hearing when he broached the topic of voter suppression coming from Republicans.

I do declare, Senator Sullivan needs a mint julep right away. I'm afraid he's about to faint.

After defending the reputation of Fox News, Sullivan moved on to a topic that really ruffled his feathers.

"Let me go to another issue that is troubling to me and it's your disdain for Republicans," Sullivan said.

"Now, you've said, "Republicans know the only way they can win an election is to suppress the vote. Wow. That's not my view. That's not the view of the Republicans here."

Sullivan recited Sohn's words again .

"You also said, "Maybe next election, Republicans will stop beating up on gays and women." I mean, do you understand how ridiculously infuriating statements like this are? You are ripping half of the country -- do you realize that?"

Cue the smelling salts.

Gigi B. Sohn tried to answer but was interrupted..."Do you apologize for the statements? When people say this has nothing to do with the FCC, baloney," he said.

"This is about free elections. You are saying you think Republicans want to suppress the vote. Do you understand how offensive these are and how untrue? You want to talk about vitriol for America, this is pouring gas on American partisanship," he whined.

Sohn finally was allowed to speak for about 30 seconds when Sullivan cut her off again.

"You're are making a statement, "Republicans know the only way they can win an election is to suppress the vote' It's offensive!"

What is offensive is Republican state legislators passing restrictive new voting laws using Trump's BIG LIE as an excuse to purge voter rolls while spending millions of dollars on nonsensical voter fraud investigations.

"19 states enacted voting restrictions in 2021:"

Nine other states will carry over 88 restrictive bills from the last legislative session. Legislators in five states — Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Tennessee — have also filed six bills to initiate or allow partisan ballot reviews. Four would initiate such reviews for the 2020 election results, according to the Brennan Center.

Mr. Sullivan. What would you call that?

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