Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered her most pointed speech this week, going after Republicans generally and specifically on the subject of voter restrictions. In front of an audience at Texas Southern University, the former secretary of state said that GOP candidates like Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush were deliberately trying to make it more difficult for people to vote.
“We have a responsibility to say clearly and directly what’s really going on in our country — because what is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people, and young people from one end of our country to the other,” said Clinton.
On Friday, several Republicans defended themselves against Clinton’s thinly-veiled accusations of racism. Ohio Governor John Kasich said Clinton was “running around the country dividing Americans” with her inflammatory allegations. Walker also responded, releasing a statement that accused Clinton of trying to enable fraud at the voting booth:
Hillary Clinton’s rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of Americans. Once again, Hillary Clinton’s extreme views are far outside the mainstream.
Christie and Perry have also responded to Clinton’s pointed attacks. In New Hampshire, Christie said that Hillary was simply looking for “an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.” Perry said that if you had to show photo ID to get on an airplane, there was no reason it shouldn’t be required at the polling plaza.
If the tone of Clinton’s speech was any indication, she aims to make voting regulations a central part of her campaign. Her comments on the issue were among the strongest she’s made on any issue since declaring her candidacy, and it’s no secret that Democrats want to make it easier for minorities, students, and even illegal immigrants to cast their ballots. Someone in the Clinton camp apparently thinks this message will resonate with the American people.
Polls show otherwise. A recent survey showed that nearly three-quarters of the American public believe that ID should be required to vote. Clinton will face an uphill battle if she wants to characterize the ID requirement as an intentional attempt to keep blacks from voting. Sensible Americans hear this kind of argument, shrug, and wonder why it’s so hard for minorities to get a picture ID. When the alternative is to have very few checks in place to prevent fraud, the Democrats are going to have to work some magic to get voters on their side.
Of course, it’s obvious why they want to go this route. The very people being “disenfranchised” are the ones most likely to vote Democrat. They want to lower the voting bar until citizens who have absolutely no interest in politics will come out and cast a vote. The ignorant and the lazy…surprise…also tend to vote for Democratic candidates. As do the illegal.
It’s disgusting to accuse Republicans of racism when they are trying to uphold the rule of law and protect the integrity of our elections. Hopefully, the American people will see through these inexcusable attacks.