Many across the nation paying attention to the Senate’s doomed voting rights vote – failing 48-52 Wednesday night, thanks to two conservative Democrats and every single Republican – noticed GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s post-vote remarks in which he essentially deemed Black voters not real Americans, or in a separate class as the rest of American voters.
Calling the “concern” about minority voters having less access to the ballot box “misplaced,” McConnell told reporters: “because if you look at the statistics, African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”
This clip garnered one million views in less than 12 hours:
— Brendan Egan (@bse229) January 20, 2022
There are clips from different sources, all of which flooded social media overnight.
The outrage has been palpable.
Mitch McConnell is just a more politically savvy Jesse Helms, and if such a thing is possible, even more ruthless. “African-American voters are voting at just as high a percentage as Americans.” https://t.co/ZxV18QkiA3
— Van Firth (@Van_Firth) January 20, 2022
“Mitch McConnell didn’t say the quiet part out loud, people,” said political strategist Tom Watson. “He said the main plank of the Republican Party out loud.”
🚨: Here is U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell justifying his blocking of voting rights protections by claiming that, “AFRICAN AMERICAN voters are voting in just as high a percentage AS AMERICANS.” pic.twitter.com/3J6aGMvVpw
— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) January 20, 2022
New York Times journalist and “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones:
Once again: the white is silent. And we know why. https://t.co/b4gXoJcUf5
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 20, 2022
NBC and MSNBC Legal Contributor Katie S. Phang noted: “After tonight’s vote, McConnell is just letting it all hang out.”
Mitch McConnell went on a live mic and said the only voters he considers American are people who aren’t African-American, and this crusty racist motherfucker has been a senator since before I was born.
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) January 20, 2022
Sociologist and Brookings fellow Victor Ray: “McConnell saying “African Americans are voting at just a high of percentage as Americans” shows exactly why they are targeting voting rights and who he considers fully American.”
Most Black Americans weren’t surprised at all by McConnell’s comment. We feel, experience, and live this sentiment every day in this country. https://t.co/trc3B6hb8V
— uché blackstock, md (@uche_blackstock) January 20, 2022
“McConnell did not misspeak,” said TV writer and producer Bryan Behar. “In one quote, he summarized the entire GOP worldview. They think it’s a White nation and anyone who isn’t White isn’t a true American.”
Tell me African-Americans aren’t Americans without telling me you’re a racist @LeaderMcConnell.
“African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/hlIgxQPXiV
— Scott Huffman for NC 🏴☠️ (@HuffmanForNC) January 20, 2022
Mitch McConnell: “African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as American voters.”
Toni Morrison: “In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) January 20, 2022
This is how Republicans view black people, we’re not really Americans to them, this is why they will always make it difficult for us to vote.
McConnell: “African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/QmJEPULvNg
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) January 20, 2022
JUST IN: Mitch McConnell just told voters of color that their concerns about voter suppression are “misplaced” and added: “If you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”
The dogwhistle just became a foghorn.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) January 20, 2022
“African Americans are voting in just as high percentages…as Americans”
If you’re not white, you’re <insert race here> American.
In Mitch McConnell’s melting pot, the cream needs to remain at the top…at any cost.
— Smite!⚡️ (@7Veritas4) January 20, 2022
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‘Zero Credibility’: Top Attorney Blasts Tom Cotton for Attacking Biden and Peaceful Protestors Outside Justices’ Homes
Peaceful protests have repeatedly – by Democrats and Republicans alike – been called the “cornerstone” of American democracy, even by legal experts. But Harvard Law educated attorney and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who one year ago proudly issued a statement declaring “COTTON TAKES ON CANCEL CULTURE,” is denouncing peaceful pro-choice Americans who have been protesting outside two U.S. Supreme Court justices’ homes to defend the constitutional right to abortion.
Responding to an unusually strong statement from the White House, Senator Cotton specifically attacked protestors “showing up at private homes,” calling it “intimidation,” and even “unlawful and unamerican.”
The White House is playing word games.
Biden needs to clearly condemn the mob for *showing up at private homes* at night (with kids present) to intimidate the Justices.
This intimidation is unlawful and unamerican. https://t.co/LDrX3Zq7CR
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 9, 2022
While the protests may or may not be legal (I’m no legal expert so I’m deferring to someone who is, here,) they are the iconic representation of actions that are exquisitely American, fueled by actions – the threat of taking away constitutional rights – that are not.
In fact, American history is filled with proud examples of peaceful protests – and no-so peaceful protests taught to our children in history books nationwide.
The Boston Tea Party is an iconic celebration of American protest – and while not not violent, not exactly “peaceful.”
Top national security lawyer Bradley Moss blasted Cotton, asking why he was silent when armed protestors descended on Michigan Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s home to protest Trump’s election loss. And when Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his family for months received death threats because he refused to illegally hand the election over the Trump. And a few other times:
Where were you for Jocelyn Benson? Where were you for Brad Raffensperger? Where were you for the IC whistleblower? Where were you when Trump called for my boss to be tried for treason?
You have zero credibility on this. None. https://t.co/byqCODLpsz
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 9, 2022
Sen. Cotton, by the way, began his attack at 9:30 AM, with this, 30 minutes after the White House had indeed condemned the protests:
The White House has tacitly blessed the unlawful and unamerican intimidation of Supreme Court Justices at their homes.
Joe Biden has shown he has none of the decency he promised to restore.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 9, 2022
Watch: McConnell Repeatedly Refuses to Comment on SCOTUS Abortion Opinion – ‘The Story Today’ Is the Leak
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was given the opportunity to take full credit for “singlehandedly” reshaping the Supreme Court to enable it to, as is expected after a leaked draft opinion – strike down Roe v. Wade.
He refused. Repeatedly.
In fact, not only did he refuse to take credit when CNN’s Manu Raju handed it to him, he refused to even comment on the leaked opinion, a 90-page document that harshly overturns the nearly 50-year-old decision from 1973 that acknowledged abortion is a constitutional right.
Instead, McConnell lectured reporters that “the story today” is the leak, not what the opinion says, which is pure political propaganda and gaslighting.
“You spent decades trying to remake the court, overturn Roe, you’re singlehandedly responsible for the 6-3 majority, so do you take personal credit for abortion rights likely to go away for millions of people in this country?” Raju asked.
“I think the story today,” McConnell replied, “is an effort by someone on the inside to discredit the institution of the Senate,” he added. (It’s unclear why he said the Senate and not the Supreme Court.)
“You spent decades trying to remake the court, overturn Roe … Do you take personal credit for abortion rights likely to go away for millions of people in this country?”
— The Recount (@therecount) May 3, 2022
That was not the only time McConnell told reporters what the story is.
“You need – it seems to me, excuse the lecture – to concentrate on what the news is today,” McConnell declared. “Not a leaked draft, but the fact that the draft was leaked.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells the press not to concentrate on the contents of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, but on “the fact that the draft was leaked.” pic.twitter.com/FEuFu4fNKh
— The Recount (@therecount) May 3, 2022
McConnell’s admonitions are pure propaganda. The news that affects millions of Americans is that abortion is about to become illegal for them, and soon after, contraception, and LGBTQ rights including sex and marriage. A leaked draft won’t even make the history books.
‘They Lied to You’: Susan Collins Blasted as a ‘Joke’ and a ‘Fraud’ After Statement on Kavanaugh and Gorsuch
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who voted to confirm both conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite having every indication they would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, has issued a statement distancing herself from a leaked opinion that shows the Court has already voted to entirely overturn the five-decade-old decision.
It’s not going well for her.
“If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office,” Collins said in a statement.
Many are outraged, having warned the Republican Senator from Maine that by voting to confirm Gorsuch and Kavanaugh she was voting to eliminate a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. As some noted, Collins did not say she would challenge the Justices, demand they explain their obvious lies, or take any action whatsoever.
Some are reposting old video of Collins defending her votes of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh:
Seems like the only person who didn’t realize what a fool Susan Collins was… was Susan Collins. pic.twitter.com/FFaVMpkU6W
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 3, 2022
Collins was accused of lying even before she issued her statement:
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 3, 2022
The former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics:
Susan Collins has issued a statement showing that she is concerned that the nominees who were obviously lying lied to her. That’ll fix it.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 3, 2022
The Nation’s Elie Mystal:
I’m not anybody’s assigning editor so I apologize for speaking out of turn, but I ASSUME the @nytimes has sent somebody to camp outside Susan Collins’s office to get her comment on her boy, alleged attempt rapist Brett Kavanaugh, doing the thing she promised us he wouldn’t do.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) May 3, 2022
Talking Points Memo founder and editor:
its hard to be a bigger joke or bigger fraud than susan collins. https://t.co/5yD1HAGNLR
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 3, 2022
Clinton White House Press Secretary:
Best reporter question for Susan Collins today. Senator, since Justice Kavanaugh lies to you during your hearing and Roe is settled law will you support a filibuster exception to codify roe, which you support. If not why? Someone should ask
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) May 3, 2022
Top national security attorney:
Shorter Collins: I got played. https://t.co/jHzomerrIa
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 3, 2022
Notice she doesn’t say this would upset her, because it wouldn’t, because she is in on it. https://t.co/d0VePlj2FV
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 3, 2022
2/ Btw #2, @SenatorCollins, the word you’re looking for is LIE. They LIED to you.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) May 3, 2022
It is embarrassing that people still don’t get that Susan Collins was just lying.
She wasn’t fooled. She was lying. She knew this would happen.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) May 3, 2022
Do you think Susan Collins is a blatant LIAR or just incredibly GULLIBLE?
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) May 3, 2022
Susan Collins should resign. Tonight.
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@AmoneyResists) May 3, 2022
Susan Collins either needs to move for the impeachment of Kavanaugh and Gorsuch — or she needs to resign. https://t.co/XIxTHKAuSw
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) May 3, 2022
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