Former first lady and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is the latest white liberal to equate Republican attempts to shore up voting integrity following a chaotic 2020 election cycle with “white supremacy,” though conservatives of color have also defended those reforms.
In a piece published at Democracy Docket, Clinton claimed that post-2020 election integrity reforms being proposed and passed in states around the country are making it harder for Americans to vote while alleging it is part of a scheme to move the U.S. “toward white supremacist authoritarianism.”
“Since the 2020 election with its historic turnout, lawmakers across the country have introduced nearly 400 bills making it harder to vote: purging voters from the rolls, making it more difficult to register, cutting back on early and absentee voting, getting rid of ballot drop boxes, even banning giving out food or water to people waiting in line at the polls,” Clinton charged.
“We need to call these attacks on voting what they are: part of a clear attempt to move away from a pluralistic, multi-racial democracy and toward white supremacist authoritarianism,” Clinton alleged. “We need to remain laser-focused on what’s at stake for democracy and people’s lives and refuse to allow Republicans to draw us into piecemeal fights over tactics and technicalities.
“Voters should have the ability – not just in principle, but in practice – to hold elected officials accountable in the voting booth. We should be doing everything we can to make it easier for eligible voters to cast their ballots,” she continued.
Clinton, who lost to GOP nominee Donald Trump in 2016 and insinuated his victory was the result of vote fraud tactics employed by his campaign and Russia, went on to falsely claim that the Jan. 6 protest at the Capitol Building was an “insurrection.”
“After the insurrection, I wrote about the failure of imagination that hindered our ability to prevent the violence in Washington,” she wrote. “I quoted historian Taylor Branch, who asked in Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste’: ‘If people were given the choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?
“The months that followed revealed the ugly truth of just how many elected officials in America would choose whiteness,” she continued.
While many black lawmakers, current and past, agree with Clinton, not all of them do. In April, black leaders including U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens, former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, former Texas state Rep. James Earl Wright, and former mayor of Cincinnati and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Ken Blackwell wrote in support of voter integrity measures including requiring a valid ID to cast a ballot that have recently been passed in states around the country.
“America is a country of over 300 million people. We are comprised of every shape, size, nationality, and opinion. This diversity has proven to be one of our greatest strengths,” the group wrote.
“However, if you listened to largely white liberal media personalities and elite CEOs, you wouldn’t know this. According to liberal orthodoxy, all Blacks think alike, and all Blacks support Black Lives Matter, and all Blacks oppose the recently enacted Georgia Election Integrity Act,” they noted further.
“The data seems clear: A majority of Black Americans support voter ID laws,” the op-ed continued. “This shouldn’t be surprising. Blacks know the value of the right to vote.
“We struggled to win that right in a country that for too long treated us as second-class citizens. We shed our blood so we could partake in American elections just like every other American citizen. We want to make sure that sacred right to vote, and the integrity of those elections, are protected,” they added.
“You can’t board a plane without an ID. You can’t pick up a package from a UPS distribution center without an ID. You can’t buy alcohol without an ID. And you definitely can’t visit President Biden in the White House without an ID. Is that racist? Of course, it isn’t,” the group wrote.
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