'That's Right-Wing Paranoia': O'Reilly, Crowley Debate New Voter ID Proposal
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly discussed a potential solution to voter fraud. O’Reilly said the “grievance industry” believes that requiring an ID to vote is a right-wing plot to suppress voters’ rights.
“The left denies any voter fraud, which is absurd,” he said, adding that in North Carolina, at least 81 people are on record as having voted in 2013 after they had died.
Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and former President Bill Clinton have proposed that all Social Security cards have a photo attached to them to serve as voter IDs. O’Reilly said this is a good solution because all Americans are required to have a Social Security card, it’s free and it takes two weeks to be delivered in the mail.
“Voter IDs would make fraud more difficult, everybody knows that. But still, the far left objects,” he said. O’Reilly said we must add photos to Social Security cards and be a responsible country.
“Enough’s enough. There comes a point when craziness has to be rejected,” he said.
Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley joined O’Reilly to debate the issue.
Crowley said IDs should be left to the states because she has an issue with an overreaching federal government.
“That’s right-wing paranoia,” O’Reilly responded.
“You’re way out there on this one. Number one, everybody has already got the card, you are just putting your picture on it. There’s not some bogey man who’s going to come in the night and track your movement at the 7/11. It’s not going to happen.”
O'Reilly said that this solution only costs 10 cents per card, and we should charge voters the 10 cents for the ID.
Colmes called that a bad idea, saying “you’re charging people to vote.”
“This just shows how ideologically driven you both are,” O’Reilly said. “This is just common sense.”
Watch the debate above, and weigh in on the proposal in the comments below.