Newt Gingrich just mocked Barack Obama and his new attempt to meddle in politics. Newt said:
‘Obama’s effort shouldn’t be taken seriously “if he tries to posture that it’s about good government.'”
“He is a liberal Democrat,” said Newt Gingrich. “He would like to see lines drawn to favor liberal Democrats.”
“I think President Trump prefers to see lines drawn to favor conservative Republicans.”
“The ultimate problem liberal Democrats have is that their votes tend to be very concentrated in large cities and [it’s] very, very hard to get enough congressional districts to fit those cities unless you do a Democratic gerrymander and drive a line through three or four or five rural counties,” Gingrich said.
From Fox News:
According to “All on the Line’s” website, “Redistricting U” will be “sending dedicated trainers to cities across the country to train volunteers, give them the tools to impact the redistricting process in their state, hear from them on how to best make change in their communities, and empower them to be leaders in the movement for fair maps.”
The organization is focused on impacting the redrawing of congressional districts, which will take place in 2021 following the collection of data in the 2020 census. They warn against “rigged electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people.”
Partisan gerrymandering was a hot topic in the spring, when the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue, determining in a ruling in two cases that the judiciary should not get involved because it is a political issue best left to lawmakers.
One of the Supreme Court cases, Benisek v. Lamone, involved North Carolina, where Republicans had benefited from gerrymandering. “All on the Line” identified North Carolina as one of 10 “priority states,” along with Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Not on that list is Maryland, where Democrats had been accused of unfairly drawing district maps at the expense of Republicans in the Supreme Court’s other partisan gerrymandering case, Rucho v. Common Cause.