Mitch McConnell said Black people show up to vote just as much as ‘Americans’ after the voting rights bill failed in the Senate

Political observers and elections officials have piled criticism upon Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he downplayed the need for voting rights reform with the words, “African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans,” suggesting to many that the Senator considers Black Americans to be somehow separate from the American electorate as a whole. Senator McConnell’s words were part of his efforts to justify the defeat of legislation advanced by Democrats and voting rights advocates to expand voter access in the face of a wave of restrictive voting legislation recently passed at the state level.

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