In a moment that left many people scratching their heads, Attorney General William Barr didn’t seem too sure about whether voting once by mail and a second time in person is illegal when asked about it during a Wednesday interview with CNN’sWolf Blitzer.
Luckily, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) was there to help.
Although it’s illegal to vote more than once in a given election,President Donald Trump suggested just that during a stop in North Carolina on Wednesday, saying voters should test their state’s election system by voting both by mail and then in person. North Carolina officials have noted that attempting to vote twice is a crime.
When Blitzer asked Barr about Trump’s comment, the nation’s leading law enforcement official declined to say it was illegal, adding that he did not know the specific law in North Carolina.
On Thursday, Lieu decided to troll help out Barr by tweeting a single sentence aimed at making the attorney general more familiar with the laws he’s supposed to defend.
And he did it on letterhead!
The Attorney General of the United States is ignorant of basic voting laws. So today I sent Bill Barr an official one-sentence letter to educate him.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 3, 2020
Many Twitter users appreciated Lieu’s legal lesson and the implicit Barr putdown.
Oh burn 🔥🔥🔥 …how the hell is Bill Barr a 2-time Attorney General again if he’s so ignorant of the law? https://t.co/PDC3rKa9z1
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 3, 2020
The Attorney General of the US would not directly confront this Trump call for criminal voter fraud. Trump is trying to wreck our democratic voting system. Where are the Republicans in Congress to not respond. America is sliding forward the edge. https://t.co/VOt6QZt3XY
— Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) September 3, 2020
This is sort of hilarious: https://t.co/eMjqNOCNN5
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) September 3, 2020
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