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‘Squad’ member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and a whole passel of pearl-clutching, endlessly offended Democrats pounced on Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accusing him of racism after deliberately misconstruing his remarks on the defeat of the leftist voting rights bill.
McConnell was asked by a reporter what his message is to voters of color who are “concerned” that they won’t be able to vote in the midterm 2022 elections following the defeat of the voting rights bill.
“Well, the concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans,” McConnell said during a press conference. He obviously dropped the word “other” in his comment by mistake but Democrats were just waiting for the tiniest misstep to excoriate the Republican.
“A recent survey, 94 percent of Americans thought it was easier to vote,” he added. “This is not a problem. Turnout is up, biggest turnout since 1900. It’s simply — they’re being sold a bill of goods.”
Tonight, nearly every Senate Democrat wrote in permanent ink that they would shatter the soul of the Senate for short-term power. Fortunately, a bipartisan majority saved the Senate and ensured that millions and millions of Americans’ voices will not be silenced.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 20, 2022
“I have consistently pointed to the record-high turnout for all voters in the 2020 election, including African-Americans,” McConnell told the Daily Mail.
Cue the outrage on the left with Omar tweeting, “The othering of Americans who aren’t White was never a ‘quiet part’, it has always been loud and painful for everyone who has experienced it.”
McConnell’s poorly worded statement has merit. In 2008 and 2012 when Barack Obama was running for the presidency, the black turnout exceeded voting turnout for all Americans. In 2016 and 2020, black turnout for the vote was in line with the U.S. average, according to the Daily Mail.
The 2020 election had a huge turnout for all demographics with 72.6% of non-Hispanic whites casting their vote and 65.6% of non-Hispanic blacks casting their vote.
In 2008 and 2012, more black Americans voted than white Americans.
Despite the facts on all of this being easily obtainable, leftists joined Omar in her theatric outrage to incite hatred against conservatives and gin up support for the Democrats and the federalization of elections.
“Please take 19 seconds to watch this video to understand why we have to fight for voting rights for ALL Americans, and why we have to stop the xenophobia, bigotry, racism, and partisanship that assumes only some people are American,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) raged on Twitter.
“Even more to the point, McConnell is talking about past elections, before the new laws inspired by Trump’s Big Lie were passed. The point of these laws is to LOWER voter turnout among communities of color. If he believes voting access is good, why make it harder???” she dramatically added.
Even more to the point, McConnell is talking about past elections, before the new laws inspired by Trump's Big Lie were passed.
The point of these laws is to LOWER voter turnout among communities of color.
If he believes voting access is good, why make it harder??? https://t.co/GIEECMa6yp
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) January 20, 2022
“THIS IS DISGUSTING: To defend his stance against voting rights, Mitch McConnell is citing ‘statistics’ that ‘African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.’ African-American voters ARE AMERICANS & to suggest otherwise is about as racist as it gets!” carped Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).
Democratic Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush was quick to call out McConnell’s comment as well, “African Americans ARE Americans. #MitchPlease.”
Virginia Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin condemned McConnell in a letter to the Kentucky Republican, saying, “I am writing today in response to your recent comment on voting rights in which you insinuated that African Americans are somehow not American citizens.”
“This is 2022 and being American is not synonymous with looking or thinking like you. African Americans are, in fact, American citizens deserving of our recognition, respect, and equal protections under the law,” he disingenuously charged.
I condemn McConnell's prejudicial comment about African American voters. For those sentiments to be expressed within the context of voting rights is especially concerning, as minority populations have been historically shut out of our democratic processes. https://t.co/kcAjM7vYhK
— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) January 20, 2022
We are American #mitchplease pic.twitter.com/m99lOVcCmN
— Donald McEachin (@Donald_McEachin) January 20, 2022
“This is modern-day racism in full view. Being American isn’t synonymous with being white. #MitchPlease,” tweeted McEachin.
Charles Booker, who is running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), said: “I am no less American than Mitch McConnell.”
I am no less American than Mitch McConnell.
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) January 20, 2022
“I need you to understand that this is who Mitch McConnell is,” Booker accused. “Being Black doesn’t make you less of an American, no matter what this craven man thinks.”
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