In Georgia, Republicans have unveiled a slew of new legislation aimed at suppressing turnout among people of color after their party suffered loses in both the November presidential election and two special runoff elections in January.
One bill would block officials from offering early voting on Sundays, a day traditionally used by Black churches to mobilize voters as part of a “souls to the polls” effort.
Since there are no Republicans from Georgia in the United States Senate to explain this brazen attempt to suppress the votes of black people, Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith took it upon herself to defend a fellow southern state. Hyde-Smith said people should not be voting on Sundays because God never intended for it to be that way.
To get her point across, Hyde-Smith pulled out a $1 bill.
Holding up the bill she said: “This says ‘the United States of America’ in God we trust’. Etched in stone in the US Senate chamber is ‘in God we trust’. When you swear in all of these witnesses the last thing you said to them in your instruction was ‘so help you God.'”
“God’s word in Exodus 20:18, it says remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” she said.