The Republican Party, emboldened by Donald Trump’s stunning election victory, is preparing to begin drafting a plan to undo the law, which has prevented many Americans from expressing their views on social issues for years.
A new draft of the party’s “Easter Speech” memo, which was obtained by Recode, outlines the new strategy.
The new document would include language that would bar anyone in the party from saying a person’s views are “inappropriate” and would also prohibit lawmakers from using their power to remove someone from office.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2020.
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“We cannot continue to allow this country to become an echo chamber, where those who oppose us are silenced and those who support us are demonized and silenced,” the draft reads.
The new draft also would bar lawmakers from enacting any new laws.
The party, which is already fighting a number of lawsuits over its campaign finance law, would also repeal the Voting Rights Act, which the Trump administration had pushed to eliminate.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to repeal the law that has prohibited black Americans from voting in a majority of the country’s voting places since it was passed in 1965.
The draft memo was obtained on Tuesday by Recoded, a news organization that covers technology, business and technology.
Recode declined to comment further on the document.
The RNC released the draft memo on Tuesday, just days before a critical vote in the House of Representatives to repeal a law that the Trump campaign and its allies have repeatedly used as a legal basis to stop minority voters from voting.
The Republicans have long argued that the law is needed to keep the party safe from Democratic challengers.
Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal it, and the Republican-led House has voted repeatedly to roll back other provisions of the law.
Democrats have called the new draft “a textbook example of the GOP’s desperate efforts to gut the Voting Protection Act.”
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly pushed to rollback parts of the Voting Act in recent years, but the bill has largely survived, with only three instances in the last six years of a Republican president reversing a voter suppression law.
The drafting of the draft is one of the first signs of what’s to come from the Trump White House, where there has been growing concern that the party could be on the verge of breaking up and Trump’s own campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, resigned amid the FBI’s probe of his role in a Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The memo, drafted by RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, would set forth a timeline for the party to enact the new plan.
McDaniel would not discuss how the party would enforce the new rule in the coming weeks.
She said the draft was prepared “as quickly as possible to address the growing number of legal challenges we face,” and would outline a series of steps for the RNC to take to comply with the law in the wake of the proposed repeal.
The proposed repeal would take effect immediately and prohibit any state or local law from limiting the speech of individuals, such as a city councilor, an elected official or a member of the clergy.
McDonald would not say how many states could face legal challenges from the law after repeal.
She did say the party was preparing to review the law “as we navigate this difficult period.”
The new plan would also include a number that would protect certain groups from discrimination, including LGBTQ people, Muslims, people with disabilities and students.
The draft would also provide guidance on how to address concerns about the language of the new law, saying that the draft would address “the broad range of issues raised in the courts, including racial and gender discrimination, hate speech, and religious discrimination.”
Republicans have not released a proposal for how they would implement the new proposal, which could come as soon as Tuesday.
The party’s top legislative leader, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, announced on Twitter that he would work with the White House and the White Democrats on crafting a plan.
Scalise’s comments come as the Trump presidency has seen an intensification of the civil rights movement and the rise of the alt-right, an anti-Semitic, white nationalist movement.
ScALISE, a former congressman, said he was “delighted” to see that the drafting of a “new plan” was happening.
He said he hopes that the new proposals will help the GOP avoid losing its majority in the Senate in November.
Scaled has been critical of the RNC for months for failing to follow through on its promises to protect the party and its conservative members from legal challenges.
In May, Scalise wrote to the RNC and the president to say the Republican party had “lacked leadership and understanding” on