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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s PAC to the Future fundraising outfit is emailing supporters about Texas senator Ted Cruz’s alleged endorsement of voter suppression.

“BREAKING: Ted Cruz caught on tape admitting voter suppression” begins the communiqué, which goes on to assert that “Republicans are rushing hundreds of voter suppression measures to keep Democrats from EVER winning a historic upset like Georgia again.”

Neither the tape nor a transcript of Cruz’s comments are linked to or provided, so it’s unclear what the basis of the email is. However, it seems likely that it is referencing comments made about the Democrats’ For the People Act on a conference call back in March — so not exactly “BREAKING.”

Moreover, Cruz’s actual wording doesn’t constitute a defense of voter suppression, but rather calls into question whether the bill’s Democratic champions — Pelosi, President Joe Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — are in fact motivated by a desire to secure a partisan advantage, rather than by a civic-minded desire to expand the franchise.

“H.R. 1′s only objective is to ensure that Democrats can never again lose another election, that they will win and maintain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate and of the state legislatures for the next century” Cruz told his audience at the time, while also complaining about myriad provisions found within the bill.

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