Democrats have apparently opened up a new, but equally absurd, line of attack against voter ID laws, this time in the context of rural voters.
In a BET interview, out-of-touch Kamala Harris lamented that voters outside of the cities and suburbs supposedly lack access to photocopying machines.
Harris was responding to a question from Soledad O’Brien as to whether she would favor a legislative compromise with Republicans on the stalled For the People Act, as it is called, that would include a voter ID provision. For Harris, the answer is apparently no.
“I don’t think that we should underestimate what that could mean, because, in some people’s mind, that means, ‘well, you’re gonna have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove that you are who you are,'” Harris — who spent most of her professional career in the San Francisco area before heading to Washington, D.C. — claimed.
“There are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t — there’s no Kinko’s, there’s no Office Max near them. People have to understand that when we’re talking about voter ID laws, be clear about who you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are. Of course, people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are,” Harris added in the video clip embedded below.
Kamala Harris absurdly says it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their ID pic.twitter.com/J94IuGBFLv
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 10, 2021
Even Democrats like U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, have flip-flopped on on voter ID, which he previously categorized as voter suppression, however. Democrats traditionally considered producing an ID at the polling place the equivalent of waterboarding.
Perhaps Harris, who has expressed concern about so-called food deserts, is implying that photocopying deserts exist in rural areas.
In an expansion of their victimology theme, concerns for rural voters, who tend to vote Republican, and their lack of photocopiers, is a plot twist for liberals. Traditionally — and without real evidence — they have paternalistically and insultingly insisted that minority voters lack the wherewithal to obtain a government-issued photo ID, and thus the requirement is discriminatory.
Americans from all walks of life and backgrounds know that a photo ID — which is readily and routinely available at the DMV — is necessary to operate in day-to-day life, however, and poll after poll indicates that the country overwhelmingly supports photo ID to vote.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 6, 2021
As a side note, Harris may not have visited a retail store or browsed any on online recently, because multi-function printers are relatively inexpensive. She may or may not be up to date on business news, either, in that Office Max merged with Office Depot in 2013, and FedEx previously acquired Kinko’s, but that’s an entirely different matter
Separately, O’Brien tossed a softball to Harris by suggesting that Joe Biden was overworking his VP by giving her so much responsibility (much of which, in practice, is ceremonial) in the administration, such as supposedly being in charge of responding to the border crisis.
“Maybe I don’t say ‘no’ enough,” Harris replied, according to Fox News. “But I do believe that these things are achievable. It’s just a lot of hard work, but that’s why we’re here and that’s what people wanted. Right?”
Harris’ stereotypical comments (which she attributed to the minds of some people) about rural voters, which suggest that she is less familiar with those areas than even the border region where she was a late arrival, prompted ridicule on social media. Here is a sampling:
Um, hi! 👋 Rural American here. We can photocopy & scan birth certificates, just like what we do when we apply for new SS cards, fill out info for DMV & the IRS. And *gasp* we have electricity AND running water too! https://t.co/Dpm2bW6BZs
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) July 10, 2021
Rural American here.
We built this country. We can manage to photocopy our IDs. https://t.co/GQFIqKM2d6
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) July 10, 2021
Hi, I live on top of a mountain on the WV/VA border and I can photocopy my ID. I mean I do it while moonshining White Lightning while dueling banjos play in the background but I can still do it. https://t.co/clxtK5NmRU
— Chris Barron 🇺🇸 (@ChrisRBarron) July 10, 2021
I bet you she has never even visited rural America. Does she know farmers use drones to analyze soil samples and optimize irrigation? Not horse and buggy operations. So #outoftouch https://t.co/7aWnTkJzxE
— Helen Raleigh (@HRaleighspeaks) July 10, 2021
Kamala thinks Black voters are not intelligent enough to get ID.
She thinks rural voters are not intelligent enough to use a Xerox machine to copy their IDs.
I hate to tell you Kamala, but just because someone isn’t a coastal elite doesn’t mean they’re dumb!
— Irene Armendariz-Jackson For Congress (@ArmendarizDis16) July 10, 2021
After years of arguing black voters couldn’t get IDs to vote (despite black voters overwhelmingly supporting voter ID) now the left is going to shift to concern about rural voters?
Wait until she sees how THEY feel about voter ID requirements. https://t.co/H57yYMab88
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 10, 2021
“Of course people have to prove who they are. But not in ways that make it impossible to prove who they are.”
Uhh wut….? 🤔🤔
No one is buying this ridiculous argument against Voter ID. The vast majority of Americans support it.
Let’s get it done. https://t.co/EZnHvytXm5
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) July 10, 2021
I’ve lived in Alabama my entire life. Last year I saw a metal bird in the sky. I learned it’s called a plane. There are people on it! It’s like magic!
My entire family shares a single pair of shoes, I get them once a week.
Kinkos sounds fancy, hope I learn what it is someday! https://t.co/ouw4NXBWAE
— L 🤺 (@LHatesYouALot) July 11, 2021
“Especially people who live in rural communities. There’s no Kinkos. There’s no Office Max.”
Has she heard of cameras on people’s cell phones? Residents in rural communities ACTUALLY have those too. https://t.co/JiQ5CNc1XD
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) July 10, 2021
Too bad us Rednecks don’t know nothin’ bout no Smartphones. They got them app thingies where you can take pikchurs of stuff and send ‘em across the Marconi wireless. They ain’t got nothin’ like that in the wilderness.
— Mass Customization (@BlissEarnie) July 10, 2021
I have a farm in Northwest Oregon and am the proud owner of an HP All-In-One printer. Armed with this advanced technology, I am able to copy all kinds of documents. Ms Harris, where do you think food is sourced? It doesn’t grow in the back room of Whole Foods.
— William Kolb (@KolbBill) July 10, 2021
I live in the middle of nowhere. I can photo copy my ID. She’s so misinformed and so ridiculous. It’s absurd
— mom (@mom18008390) July 10, 2021
Just went to airport i needed an ID, went to liquor store needed ID, signed into doctors office as a new patient i needed ID, picked up a package at UPS i needed an ID! Enough of this BS you need an ID to vote!!!!
— Swizzle (@SwizzleTweets) July 10, 2021
Notice how the narrative has switched from not being able to GET an ID to not being able to PHOTOCOPY an ID. That makes it clear what is coming.
— Mark Leland (@MarkLelandMD) July 10, 2021
So going door to door to verify who you are and to disclose your health status to verify if you have been vaccinated is not a danger, but asking people who want to vote who they are to verify you are legally able to vote is somehow “impossible” and “offensive”
— Ricardo (@Tony_CES_) July 11, 2021
Another gem from our “Intelligent” @VP.
If some Americans do not even have the access to get an important document photocopied, we have more things to worry about than simply voting. Biden administration should focus on fixing this “photocopy divide” in America first. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Staying Sane (@RKAggarwal) July 11, 2021
Rural folks show up to vote. No need to photocopy and send it in. And even if there was, rural folks figure out how to do for themselves instead of pay someone to do things for them.
— Plain ol’ T (@Plain_ol_T) July 10, 2021
Kamala and her party think rural communities don’t have cars, or shopping, or retail, or internet, or phones, or computers or mailboxes or
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 10, 2021
I know @vp you are right! Hell, people in some US rural communities still travel by donkey and only have three teeth because there’s no dentists & the telegraph is still years away from allowing for Morris code communication…let alone a home printer and scanner…😂😂😂 https://t.co/ZiZUpXc4LP
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) July 10, 2021
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