The head of the Missouri GOP is furious that residents of Ferguson have decided to fix their city's 12 percent voter turnout after a police officer shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.
The Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party has labeled an effort by some Ferguson residents to fix its paltry twelve-percent voter participation rate "disgusting." And he seems to defensively insinuate that Blacks vote for Democrats and whites vote for Republicans.
"In an interview with Breitbart News, Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports" of voter registration booths popping up in Ferguson, Breitbart reports.
â€œIf thatâ€™s not fanning the political flames, I donâ€™t know what is,â€ Wills said, â€œI think itâ€™s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.â€
Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone.
â€œThis is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,â€ he said. â€œInjecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesnâ€™t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.â€
Wouldn't the director of a political party welcome more potential voters? If not, why not?
â€” Aamer Madhani (@AamerISmad) August 15, 2014
MSNBC's Steve Benen answers that question.
"It appears that some on the right find this 'disgusting,' which is a shame. Iâ€™m afraid that says more about those raising the complaints than it does those registering citizens to vote."
â€” Colin Jeffery (@colinjef) August 16, 2014
â€” Jessica Lee (@BusquedaJess) August 16, 2014
TheÂ far-rightÂ wing site Daily Caller chose to inject fear mongering into the voter registration drive.
"Liberal activists â€” including from the GeorgeÂ Soros-fundedÂ Center for Constitutional Rights â€” have promoted voter registration booths at multiple locations in Ferguson, including at the roadside memorial marking the spot where Brown was shot."
SalonÂ notes thatÂ Ferguson "is majority black, but the mayor is white, and five of the six city council members are white. For members of the community who feel their interests arenâ€™t being represented, the first step towards changing that is registering to vote." Also,Â reportedly,Â only three of the 53 Ferguson police officers are Black.