Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday compared GOP efforts to limit same-day voter registration and block some convicted felons from voting to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes.
In a speech to liberal youth activists Wednesday, the former president called out proposals in battleground states like Florida and Ohio that could limit the voter rolls.
“I can’t help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we’re supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Clinton said at Campus Progress’s annual conference in Washington.
“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today,” Clinton added.
Clinton mentioned Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s move in March to overturn past state precedent — including under former GOP governors — that allows convicted felons to vote once they’ve served they’ve finished probation periods.
“Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they’ve paid their price?” Clinton said. “Because most of them in Florida were African Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That’s why.”
The assertion is a bald-faced lie, and Bubba Clinton knows it. He’s just doing what he and his party do best: Shamelessly pander to “minorities” for political gain. The claim is especially ridiculous when you consider the outreach underway – led by prominent GOPers like former FL Governor Jeb Bush – to bring more Hispanic voters into the GOP fold, and when you consider the rise of black Republicans and Hispanics both in elected office and in other leadership, speaking, and activist roles over the last several years. So I guess the idea is to reach out to these voters while underhandedly trying to make it so it’s harder for them to vote?
Yeah, I’m scratching my chin on that one, too.
Is anyone here surprised by this familiar line of baseless attack? Of course not. We’ve seen the race cardplayed by the left so many times since Barack Obama started running for President (and even before that, actually – going back decades) that if we placed one race card behind another on the ground, we could circle the Earth two or three times.