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Mitch McConnell’s viral comments from black voters spark widespread fury | US Senate

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Comments by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding black voters in the United States have gone viral online and sparked widespread outrage.

The Kentucky Republican was speaking after Republican senators blocked Democrats again voting rights legislation on Capitol Hill Wednesday night.

Speaking to reporters after the bill failed and the Senate rejected a change to the filibuster rule that could make it easier to pass, McConnell was asked to take his message to voters in minority communities who fear voting restrictions enacted in many states will keep them out of the ballot box without new federal laws.

“The concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American voters vote in as high a percentage as Americans,” McConnell said.

In fact, studies indicate that voting restrictions, like those enacted by 19 states over the past year, have a disproportionate impact on voters of color.

Bobby Rush, Democratic Congressman from Illinois quickly called out McConnell’s comment, saying in a tweet, “African Americans ARE Americans. #MitchPlease”

One of Rush’s Democratic colleagues, Diana DeGette of Colorado, echoed that assessment, describing McConnell’s comment as “disgusting.” “African American voters ARE AMERICAN and to suggest otherwise is about as racist as it gets,” DeGette said in a tweet.

Former Kentucky State Senator Charles Booker, who is campaigning for the U.S. Senate against Republican Rand Paul, tweeted“I’m no less American than Mitch McConnell” and also said“I need you to understand this is who Mitch McConnell is. Being black doesn’t make you any less American, no matter what that cowardly man thinks.

Pastor and activist Talbert Swan joked that he “can’t qwhite put his finger on” the distinction McConnell might make, Tweeter“I wonder what difference he sees between ‘African-American voters’ and ‘Americans’.”

And Malcolm Kenyatta, Democratic Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, argued that McConnell’s words were not a slip of the tongue, but rather a true reflection of the Republican Party’s attitude towards black voters.

“Mitch McConnell’s comments suggesting that African Americans aren’t fully American weren’t a Freudian slip — it was a dog whistle. The same he blew for years,” Kenyatta said.



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