ICYMI: McEachin Condemns McConnell’s Comments on African American Voters

McConnell was asked about his message to minority voters who are afraid they would be denied the right to vote in the midterms.

If Congress fails to approve the John Lewis Voting Rights Act by Latino Rebels reporter Pablo Manrquez at the Republican leadership’s weekly news conference on Wednesday.

ICYMI: McEachin Condemns McConnell’s Comments on African American Voters

The notion is unfounded, McConnell argued, because black voters turn out at rates comparable to those of white Americans.

According to a recent survey, 94% of Americans believe voting is easy. This is not an issue, as evidenced by the rising voter turnout.

A representative for Senator McConnell told CNN that the senator misspoke, meaning to say “other Americans” rather than simply “Americans.”

The Democratic Party and associated groups have pounced on the apparent error, using the Twitter hashtag #Mitchplease to express their displeasure with the Republican leader.

Virginia Congressman Blasts McConnell For Comment on Voters of Color

As the minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell has been under fire this week for remarks made in response to a question about the issues affecting people of colour in the voting booth.

I am writing today in reaction to your recent remarks on voting rights in which you insinuated that African Americans are somehow not American citizens.

Democratic Virginia Representative Donald McEachin wrote to the Kentucky Republican to express his disapproval of the comments.

In 2022, “being American” has nothing to do with how you appear or how you believe; African Americans are, in fact, American citizens who deserve our respect and the protections of the law just like anybody else.

Donald McEachin

Lawyer and politician Aston Donald McEachin has represented Virginia’s 4th congressional district in Congress since 2017.

His district is headquartered in the state capital, Richmond; it includes much of the territory between Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Democratic Party member McEachin served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2008.

In the Virginia Senate, he represented the 9th district, which included all of Charles City County, as well as portions of Henrico County and the city of Richmond, from 2008 to 2017.

McEachin competed for the seat left vacant after Republican Randy Forbes left Virginia’s 4th congressional district in 2016, and he won with 57.3% of the popular vote.

Conclusion

The remark reinforced the fears of voting rights advocates that Republicans in state legislatures.

Around the country are actively working to disenfranchise Black votes by implying that Black voters are somehow not American.

The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that 34 voting rights restricting bills have been passed in the recent year in 19 states, most of which have Republican-led statehouses.

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