Several House Democrats proposed the widely mocked idea of lowering the voting age to 16 years old in federal elections, and one GOP lawmaker is surprisingly offering his support.
“Some have questioned the maturity of our youth. I don’t,” she said.
“Beginning at the age of 16, young people are contributing to both the labor force and their local economies by paying income taxes, and yet they are deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote,” Pressley added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) then offered her support for the amendment, noting she’s “always been” a supporter of lowering the voting age because she thinks “it’s really important to capture kids when they are in high school when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government.”
The amendment was, however, voted down earlier this month 126-305, with all House Republicans and half of House Democrats voting against it, according to the Washington Examiner.
During his appearance with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) delivered a surprising argument siding with Democrats on lowering the voting age.
Burgess delivered his argument:
“My first thought was, ‘Oh, no, that’s not a good idea.’ But as I thought about it, you see things through the lens of your own experience. […] What about this structural debt we’re leaving to 16-year-olds, the national debt? This generation of adolescents is going to inherit more debt than any other generation.
What are we afraid of? Sixteen-year-olds are going to be 18-year-olds in the next election cycle. […] They’re not going to be in charge of the government any more than an 18-year-old is in charge today.”
“If what we are afraid of is they’ll vote Democratic, then that’s on us,” he said, defending his reasoning. “We need to talk to people. We have better ideas, we’re the party of emancipation.”
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While the Texan Republican supports the Democrats’ idea of allowing people at an even younger age to vote in federal elections, several others mocked the idea.
“The voting age at 16 — they’re becoming radical,” President Trump recently said during a Fox Business interview, blasting Democrats’ voting age proposal. “They are radicalized.”
The Democrats are getting very “strange.” They now want to change the voting age to 16, abolish the Electoral College, and Increase significantly the number of Supreme Court Justices. Actually, you’ve got to win it at the Ballot Box!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley just introduced a bill to lower the voting age to 16. Liberals don't think kids know what gender they are, but are smart enough to vote. It's a brave new world!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 7, 2019
Beto's excuse for writing sick stories about killing children: he was just a dumb 16-year-old who didn't know any better. But hey, let's lower the voting age to 16!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 18, 2019
Voting at 16? Why stop there? Let’s make it 6! If a child can choose his/her gender at age 6, let them pick the President, Congress and the school board.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 20, 2019
If we lowered the voting age to 1 MINUTE would Democrat leaders stop promoting infanticide?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 27, 2019
The voting age was originally lowered to 18 (from 21) because 18 year olds were being conscripted to go fight in war, not work at a fast food restaurant https://t.co/BIDjEwC2kr
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) March 7, 2019
2020 Democrats want to:
*Abolish the Electoral College.
*Add new SCOTUS seats for liberal judges.
*Lower the voting age to 16.
*Let illegal immigrants vote.
They lost in 2016 and know they can’t beat @realDonaldTrump in 2020.
Their answer? Change the rules!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 19, 2019
Burgess suggested Democrats are in favor of lowering the voting age because they believe it’ll garner in more votes for their party in future elections.