Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was criticized after saying that “only Americans should vote in American elections.”
Jordan’s remark was regarding House Joint Resolution 24 (H.J.Res.24), or the “Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in Approving the Local Residents Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022,” which passed the House of Representatives.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY) introduced the resolution. Congress “must ensure that these terrible laws do not take effect,” Comer said.
He added that the bill “will only exacerbate the ongoing border crisis, subvert the voices of American citizens and open the door for foreign adversaries to peddle influence in our nation’s capital.”
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) emphasized that foreign nationals shouldn’t be voting in American presidential elections.
“Really? Does anybody in this country think that someone working at the Chinese embassy here in Washington, D.C., should be voting in the presidential election? Absolutely not, it’s insane what they did,” Emmer said.
In 2022, the D.C. Council passed the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act. The bill gave non-citizens and illegal immigrants who live in the district the right to vote.
The law was to be reviewed by Congress before going into effect in March 2023.
Consequently, 162 Democrats voted to allow non-citizens to vote in D.C. elections, while all 218 Republicans in the House voted not to allow non-citizens to vote in D.C. elections.
Jordan reacted to the vote by stating that “only Americans should vote in American elections.”
Yesterday, 162 Democrats voted to allow illegal aliens to vote in elections in Washington D.C.
Only AMERICANS should vote in AMERICAN elections.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 10, 2023
However, not everyone shared Jordan’s beliefs.
His tweet was met with comments such as, “You, like Trump, lie every time you tweet or open your mouth.”
You, like Trump, lie every time you tweet or open your mouth.
— Ron Waxman 🏳️🌈 (@RonWaxman) February 11, 2023
Another Twitter user attacked the congressman, “Since when do you care about people voting in actual elections?”
Since when do you care about people voting in actual elections?
— Brett Larson (@brettlarson) February 11, 2023
Moreover, someone wrote, “Another day, another ridiculous distortion designed to radicalize the low-information pawns in GQP’s war on common sense.”
Another day, another ridiculous distortion designed to radicalize the low-information pawns in GQP’s war on common sense. pic.twitter.com/Um3a1cFjn7
— Kim Sherrell (@kim) February 11, 2023
Furthermore, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the nonvoting member of Congress for D.C., labeled the joint resolution as “profoundly undemocratic” and “paternalistic,” adding, “D.C. residents, a majority of whom are Black and brown, are worthy and capable of governing themselves. Keep your hands off D.C.”
For the resolution to become law, it must pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden.