Mitch McConnell accused of racism by Dems
Democrats accused Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of racism for comments he made about black Americans voting as high as “Americans” after their voting rights package failed to pass the Senate.
The Kentucky Republican was asked by a reporter what his message is to voters of color who are “concerned” they won’t be able to vote in the midterm elections.
“Well, the concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American voters vote at the same rate as Americans,” McConnell said in response.
“A recent survey found that 94 percent of Americans found it easier to vote,” he continued. ‘This is no problem. The turnout has increased, the largest turnout since 1900. It’s just: general cargo is being sold.’
McConnell’s wording was poorly received by Democrats, who insisted he referred to “other” black people as non-American.
Democrats accused Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of racism for comments he made about ‘black Americans voting as high as ‘Americans’
African Americans vote lower than whites in most elections, but at the same rate as Americans in general
He presumably meant that African Americans vote at the same rate as Americans in general, which is true.
In 2008 and 2012, when Barack Obama ran for president, black voter turnout surpassed that for all Americans. In 2016 and 2020, black turnout was consistent with the US average.
The 2020 election had one of the highest turnouts of all time for all demographics. In that election, 72.6% of non-Hispanic whites cast their votes, 65.6% of non-Hispanic blacks cast their votes. Votes were much lower for Hispanics, of whom 52.6% took part in the election. Among other races (Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, etc.), 59.9% cast a vote, according to United States Election Project figures.
In both 2008 and 2012, more black Americans were found to vote than white Americans – 65.2% of white voters turned out to be black in 2008, compared to 69.1% black and 61.8% white in 2012 vs. 67.4%
“Pulling over Americans who are not white has never been a ‘quiet part,’ it has always been loud and painful for everyone who has been through it,” D-Minn Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. wrote on Twitter, citing the clip from McConnell’s comments.
“Please take 19 seconds to watch this video to understand why we need to fight for the right to vote for ALL Americans, and why we need to end the xenophobia, bigotry, racism and partisanship that assumes only a few people are American,” Rep. . Judy Chu, D-Calif., wrote on Twitter.
“This is contemporary racism in plain sight. Being American is not synonymous with being white. #MitchPlease,” wrote Representative Donald McEachin, D.-Va.
THIS IS DISGUSTING: To defend his stance against voting rights, Mitch McConnell cites “statistics” that “African-American voters have as high a percentage of votes as Americans.” African American voters ARE AMERICANS & suggesting otherwise is as racist as can be!’ said Representative Diana DeGettem D-Colo.
McConnell told DailyMail.com that his comment was in line with previous Americans that turnout in the 2020 election was high for all Americans.
“I have consistently pointed to the record high turnout for all voters in the 2020 election, including African Americans.”
The voting rights package was not approved on Wednesday evening: 50 Democrats voted in favor and 50 Republicans voted against. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — who knew the legislation would fail but forced a vote anyway — then voted on a rule change that would have put a “talking filibuster” on the package, allowing a simple majority vote to take it further. after senators stood at their desks and exhausted the debate.
That vote, too, failed, as expected, with Senator Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema siding with Republicans to maintain the 60-vote hurdle for most legislation.
The voting rights package combined two separate legislative items already passed by the House – the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bills would turn Election Day into a holiday, tweak the reclassification process and crack down on money in politics.
Despite a day of incisive debate and speeches that often bore echoes of an earlier era when the Senate filibuster was deployed by opponents of civil rights legislation, Democrats failed to convince tenacious Senators Sinema and Manchin to change Senate procedures on this one bill and a simple majority to promote it.
‘President DOES NOT think midterm elections will be illegal’: Psaki tries to clear up Joe’s blunder at second press conference after suggesting 2022 election would be corrupt if his voting rights bill didn’t pass
The White House denied Thursday that President Joe Biden thinks the 2022 midterm elections will be illegal — their second clearing of his press conference the previous day.
But the reports were mixed when a prominent black Democratic lawmaker said he was “absolutely concerned” this year’s elections will not be legitimate.
Biden was asked during his nearly two-hour press conference on Wednesday whether the 2022 election would be legitimate if the Democrats’ voting rights package did not pass in the Senate.
“I’m not going to say it will be legit,” he said in response. “The increase and the prospect of being illegal is in direct proportion to our inability to implement these reforms.”
Critics immediately lashed out, asking how Biden could question the legitimacy of the election after criticizing Donald Trump for his false claim that he won the 2020 contest.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took to Twitter on Thursday morning for clarification.
Let’s be clear: @POTUS did not question the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He made the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters stood up for a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and those votes were counted,” she wrote.
He explained that the results would be illegal if states do what the former president asked of them after the 2020 election: throw away ballots and reverse the results afterwards. The big lie is endangering our democracy. We are fighting to protect it,” she added.
But some Democrats are concerned the 2022 midterm won’t be a legitimate election, citing a slew of new voting laws passed in GOP-led states.
“I’m definitely concerned about that,” Representative James Clyburn told CNN. He cited concerns that black voters have in the past been denied the right to vote and that the Supreme Court has scrapped parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7, 2021, at least 19 states passed 34 laws restricting access to votes, the unbiased Brennan Center found. More than 440 bills with provisions restricting access to votes were introduced in 49 states during the 2021 legislative sessions, the center said.
The Democrats’ sizable federal voting law package would allay those Democratic concerns. But that legislation died in the Senate Wednesday night when Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema refused to join their fellow Democrats in killing the Republicans’ filibuster.
Republicans objected to the legislation, saying elections are a state matter and should not be held at the federal level.
It was the second incident the White House had to resolve after Biden answered questions from more than 20 reporters on Wednesday. The first involved a major verbal blow to Russia and Ukraine.
Both Republicans and Democrats criticized Biden for appearing to indicate that he would be fine with Russia making a “minor incursion” into Ukraine.
The White House quickly issued a statement Wednesday night clarifying that the US would not accept military action from Russia. And Biden himself clarified his remarks Thursday morning, saying: “If assembled Russian units cross the Ukrainian border, that’s an invasion.”
But Biden left it to his subordinates to clean up his comments about the legitimacy of the November election — as Republicans hypocritically called him.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who heavily criticized Donald Trump for falsely claiming he lost the 2020 election, also denounced Biden’s comments
“It is the same path that Donald Trump has taken, which is an attempt to delegitimize an election*, which I believe is an unfortunate and potentially dangerous course for the leader of democracy,” Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night. .
Psaki said bluntly that Biden did not call 2022 “illegitimate.”
“He does not predict that the 2022 election would be illegal,” she told Fox News on Thursday.
The issue was also raised in her daily press conference on Thursday. She said Biden was concerned about a repeat of attempts on behalf of Trump supporters to reverse the election results.
“The point he was making is that as we know as early as 2020, the former president was trying to work with local officials to reverse the counting and the ballots not counting,” Psaki said.
Vice President Kamala Harris was also annoyed by Biden’s comments in a series of interviews she did on the morning news shows to mark her and Biden’s one year in the White House.
‘Is [Biden] really worried we won’t have fair and free elections?’ NBC’s Today host Savannah Guthrie asked her.
“The president has been consistent on this issue,” Harris said. And the problem is that there are two bills – the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act – that are the solution that has been offered to address the fact that states in our country have enacted laws that purposefully Making American people harder to vote,” Harris explained.
She said the failure of the laws would be felt by 55 million Americans of all political parties and of all socioeconomic persuasions.
Guthrie and Harris then got into a crosstalk contest where the vice president asked to be able to finish her statement before the host could push her on the case.
The specific question, if you don’t mind: with these bills not passed, does he think the ’22 by-elections won’t be legit, fair, or free?’ Guthrie insisted.
“Let’s not mix things up,” Harris replied before trying to backtrack on the suggestion that there may be concerns about the fairness of the midterm elections.