Debbie Wasserman Schultz Half-Apologizes For Saying Republicans Like Jim Crow Laws

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't very good at retracting statements.

Wasserman Schultz was on CNN Sunday when she said Republicans want to bring states back to Jim Crow-era laws, drawing the ire of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

She responded by saying it wasn't the right analogy to use, then immediately made the same analogy without mentioning the name "Jim Crow."

Here's what Wasserman Schultz said to CNN contributor Roland Martin on Sunday:

"You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally-and very transparently-block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.

"Photo I.D. laws, we think, are very similar to a poll tax. Just look at African-American voters as a snapshot. About 25 percent of African-American voters don't have a valid photo I.D ... the reason it's similar to a poll tax is because you've got the expense. You've got the effort."
The NRCC released a statement in response on Monday -- titled "Wasserman Schultz will 'literally' say anything" -- calling the congresswoman's statements "absurd accusations" and "offensive remarks."

Wasserman Schultz' response came later in the day, and started off as a retraction of her statement: "Jim Crow was the wrong analogy to use."

Then she immediately reiterated her point that Republicans like voter-suppression laws that target minorities: "But I don't regret calling attention to the efforts in a number of states with Republican dominated legislatures, including Florida, to restrict access to the ballot box for all kinds of voters, but particularly young voters, African Americans and Hispanic Americans."

Hey, at least she didn't produce a revisionist history story that included Paul Revere warning the British.


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BigJimBob
BigJimBob

I am so very glad Debbie is the Chair of the DNC. I cannot imagine anyone else who could wreck things quicker. I do wonder if she suffers from TIA.

Violet
Violet

Why should she apologize? It is true.  Scott, Bondi, and Atwater voted to bring Florida back to the Jim Crow era with respect to the restoration of civil rights for felons.

HNL_Hannah
HNL_Hannah

Dummkopf!  "Jim Crow" refers to the entire system of oppressing African-American people through unjust laws instead of relying solely on terror.

Segregation in housing, employment, education, and state licensing was part of it, but so were the voter suppression laws, which included Poll Taxes (outlawed by constitutional amendment), Literacy Tests, and Grandfathers Clauses.

You owe Wasserman-Schultz and your readers an apology. Are you man enough?

Dave E
Dave E

Guessing about what Republicans 'might' do garnered from made-up stories will get you nowhere.  Remember in November 2008 the Black Panther intimidation at the polls in Philadelphia to ensure its interests on Election Day? They were NOT Republicans!  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is 'Acting-Out' outside of her head like she is running for Resident Obama's post with telling lies, spreading hate and hurting people. I again think she should go to the Middle East to see how it's REALLY done!

3rdjerseyman
3rdjerseyman

As every single "Jim Crow" law ever enacted was instituted by Democrats, Wasserman-Schultz absolutely did "produce a revisionist history".

If this is the face of the Dimocrat party, then the Republicans should waltz into the White House.

Deven D. Anderson
Deven D. Anderson

This is severely problematic. She should have never retract a statement when we all know this to be true.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Not only is this JAP ugly she is downright stupid.  Off with her fugly head!

Malia2010
Malia2010

   Guess she actually doesn't  know  that it was demoncrats who were the racists of the South!    And now asking for a  photo-id  is racist??   Really??  debbie, you ignorant ----!

Brightmeadows
Brightmeadows

Craziness.  The woman has no knowledge of history.  The Republican Party fought to rid the South of the Jim Crow laws enacted and defended by Democrats... including JFK in the 1950s!

alchemytoday
alchemytoday

Republicans in most states are trying to pass laws that erect barriers to voting in the absence of any evidence at all of voter fraud.  Unnecessarily stringent residency and record keeping requirements were examples of Jim Crow laws (along with the more familiar poll taxes, tests, grandfather clause, etc).  Contemporary ID-requirement laws are not "literally" Jim Crow laws because they do not violate the civil rights amendments or the civil rights acts.  However, Rep. Waserman-Schultz didn't say this.  She said that the laws are literally intended to block access to the polls for some voters.  A more explicit and correct statement would be, "Today's Republicans are literally like Jim-Crow era southern Democrats in that are passing laws that will prevent people from voting legally."

And then, of course, you have Newt Gingrich (most prominently; not exclusively) calling for citizenship tests for voter registration -- literally a Jim Crow law and plainly in violation of the constitution and the civil rights acts.  Said Gingrich, "But maybe we should also have a voting standard that says to vote, as a native born American, you should have to learn American history."

Bryan Simmons
Bryan Simmons

The Republicans see voter suppression as serving the greater good.  They figure that most poor folks--especially minority poor folks--would vote for the Socialist Baby Killer Party.  Increasing penalties for voter fraud would effectively stop damned near all illegitimate votes, as if there's any significant problem anyway.  Good for you, Debbie.

Sam Fields
Sam Fields

Not all Republicans are racists but all racits are Republicans.  I recent poll of Misssissippi GOPers showed that 46% favor criminalizing interracial marriage.  THAT's JIM CROW.

The core of the GOP South are Dixiecrats who fled the Dems over civil rights.  It increased the intelligence and ethics in both parties.

Lanslot
Lanslot

Just get out of her way and let her keep talking. As with Weiner she is a blessing for thr Republicans. And to you morons supporting this idiot and calling Sarah Palin dumb. THWONK!!!!!!

Barry Cooper
Barry Cooper

At what point did the demand that people actually show evidence they are who they say they are become unreasonable?  Is she unfamiliar with ballot box stuffing, people voting out of their districts, and all the other tricks that devious people like her have used over the years to cheat?  How about this: we mark everybody's thumb with ink like they do in Iraq in all the districts where she thinks asking for a valid ID is unreasonable?  If she doesn't think African Americans in those districts can raise themselves to the standards the rest of us are held to, then she ought to admit the logic of her racism, and lower them to the standards of much more primitive nations. 

This whole thing is patently ridiculous.  We are making it harder for them to rig elections: that is the only problem here.

Offended
Offended

As a hispanic voter in her district I take great offense at her suggestion that I am incapable of following the law, including one that requires me to present a photo ID at the polls.  She has a very low opinion of hispanics.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

This may be the first time I support DWS. She is absolutely correct, and screw the literal historians nit picking 150 year old party affiliations. Sharpen your nails Debbie and come out scratching.

DaniE.
DaniE.

I would like to see where she gets her stats. I find it really hard to believe that 25% of the black population don't have, or don't have access to getting a photo i.d. 

paul
paul

Jim Crow laws were instituted and upheld by Democrats... Also, I'm pretty sure that the laws in question are for primaries. The reason for instituting these laws is to register a voter as qualified to vote in a primary. Say that every Republican in an area decided to show up and vote at their Democratic primary... then, in light of recent political scandals, say these Republicans all cast ballots for Anthony Weiner... Would that be fair? These laws aren't aimed at discriminating against any race, class, or type of people. These laws are aimed to establish the intent to submit a genuine ballot rather than let a primary fall prey to sabotage.

Johnbierly
Johnbierly

Where can you vote without a photo ID???

Ft. Lauderdale Resident
Ft. Lauderdale Resident

So requiring an ID to vote is a discriminatory practice? 

I'm all for equality and fairness but what about practicality?  Requiring an ID is just a common sense procedure which should help to cut down voter fraud.  Why are our politicians (on both sides) so divisive and trivial.   

Black, white, hispanic, red, blue, green....I don't care what color or ethnicity a person is...let them show an ID. 

Sam
Sam

She is a moron who keeps getting elected by morons!

beverly daniel
beverly daniel

Hey Mr Hendley....Renown historians back up Palins story....Paul Revere DID warn the British.  Try to get your facts right before trying to sound snarky.  It's unbecoming and not bright.

LocalDude
LocalDude

if voting is good, then voting twice is 2x as  good?   we don't need any id's here...

-of course the dead can vote, just check the rolls...  LMAO.

LocalDude
LocalDude

you of course know Jim Crow was a 'Dixie-crat'  or a Democrat that didn't want to integrate.

history show it was the republicans in the south that fought for civil rights... -check it... its truth.

 

Wordsmithy
Wordsmithy

She should also have mentioned Karl Rove's successful campaign in 2004 to detain and eliminate the absentee ballots of service members who were registered in heavily black congressional districts. Wonder what Allen West thought of that little project.

alchemytoday
alchemytoday

"How about this: we mark everybody's thumb with ink like they do in Iraq in all the districts where she thinks asking for a valid ID is unreasonable?" -- No problem, and most Democrats would have no problem with this, either.  The only folks who'd have a problem with it are conspiracy theorists worried about some phantom health side effect and they're pretty evenly split between the two parties.  Can you name a single rigged American election in recent memory?  The only common example of electoral fraud I can think of is signature forgery or collection of signatures under false pretenses in various recalls, to establish ballot eligibility, etc.  These laws do nothing about that.

brian
brian

i have never read or heard of her study but below is a study from NYU that says that almost 12% of americans dont have government issued ids.

http://www.brennancenter.org/c...

the problem here is a genuine concern over voter fraud on the one hand and on the other hand is the 15th amendment and the voting rights act of 1965 (maybe its 1966).

The funny thing is strict constitutionalists are generally falling in favor of these new laws while those who favor a less strict view of the constitution (the so called living breathing constitution) are generally against this law and say the constitution should be strictly adhered to.

Just more evidence that people have their own personal beliefs and can twist and contort them to fit with any law

bartcop
bartcop

 The same people who were the democrats (Dixie-crats) who passed and help maintain those Jim Crow laws switched to be REPUBLICANS! Party affiliations began changing after the 1962 siding of the Federal government (JFK) with the Civil Rights movement and sends in Federal troops to quell rioting at Ole Miss. Same people, just different party affiliation. 

brian
brian

the problem concerns its unconstitutionality "as applied" not facial unconstitutionality.  facialy the law seems fine if you want to vote then you need an id. not a problem.  the issue is that if minorities (relative to the majority) fail to have what the statute deems a proper id then the law could be unconsitutional "as applied"

DaniE.
DaniE.

California, for one. 

veritas
veritas

"facts" ...Anyone who quotes Paul Revere as a great American hero or example has little "facts" to back that up.  Quite typical of those who take things at face value that spew from their 'hero's" mouth without regarding the distortions or spins that are the true 'facts.'

Revere was a good silversmith... and an egomaniac faux artillery colonel.  His greatest non contributon to the cause of American liberty was his total moronic and self serving leadership in America's greatest naval defeat in Penobscott bay.  His lack of dilligence and self pampering malaise was an example of who he really was.  A lazy, egomanical twit.

Read Bernard Cornwell's ...THE FORT.

Maryland_USA
Maryland_USA

Beverly...   I agree with you that Palin presented the basic facts correctly.  I also think that the snarky last sentence was a gratuitous shot at Palin that had no place in an article about DWS and Jim Crow laws.

brian
brian

not really true. the point of his ride was to warn john hancock and sam adams of the brittish raid.  it is true that he was captured by the brittish and did them what his ride was for. By informing the reason for his ride the brittish did become aware of what was going on but that was ther reason he rode through the country.

palin said “Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms.”

which isnt true it wasnt "part of his ride" it was what happened when he was arrested.

when a criminal robs someone and confesses to the crime we dont say he was the robbing the victim and informing police about crime

Stacy Dianne Kennedy
Stacy Dianne Kennedy

Yes. History also plainly shows that the Republican Party in the 20th century became the party of resistance to Civil Rights. It was the Republicans who invented the "Southern Strategy" to attract bigots to their party. That's why the South went from being majority Democrat to majority Republican in a generation--because the parties basically switched sides on the race issue. 

Check it--it's the truth. Omitting half the story in order to make present-day Republicans look better is a lie. It's a stupid lie, since the history is there for anyone to read, and it convinces nobody but yourselves. But then reality does have a liberal bias, and you folks are none too bright. 

brian
brian

beverly daniel, "one more person" and local dude are all freaking idiots because JIM CROW WAS NOT A REAL PERSON.  Way to have 3rd graders knowledge of reconstruction in the south and throw out a dumb comment like that.  I ll bet you support cutting education funds too so that other idiots can make asinine statements like yours

Jim Crow is from a song i beleive the song was called jim crow jump or jump jim crow and is a racist song about african americans

Bodymindpeace
Bodymindpeace

It was the democrats who suppressed the Military vote by not allowing ballots counted even though they were legal in the states that received the ballots. This is the crowd who ALSO screams for the Convicts in prison to have the vote. WHY do you think THAT is? Hmmmmm?

beverly daniel
beverly daniel

They can't help themselves Maryland...it's a compulsive need to trash Palin regardless of the relevance to the original article.

It says more about them than Palin.

beverly daniel
beverly daniel

You lost whatever credibility you may have had with your uncalled for and truly biased last sentence that had absolutely no relevance to the article.

If you prefer to consider yourself better informed than Historians....and refer to sites that "make your point"....it validates my original comment and I stand by it.

brian
brian

you know palin messes up when she gets called out on fox news for it but some people who relate to her will still defend her no matter what

Sstroud3400
Sstroud3400

Not only did Paul Revere warn the British - READ WHAT PALIN SAID - she states that Revere warned that the militia was armed and that they would not allow the British to take away those arms.  Most of you Palin haters never bother to go back and read what she actually said - you just take the word of liberal elite liars like this reporter, like Wasserman  Shultz, Andrew "that's not my" Weiner, Barry "57 States" Obama, "FDR said it on TV" Biden.  Why are you so afraid of someone who is grounded in values and so willing to follow people who think you're too stupid to know the truth from a lie - oops, just answered my own question.  

beverly daniel
beverly daniel

Take it up with the historians....they backed up Palins statement.

Barry Cooper
Barry Cooper

"Jim Crow" plainly was a Democrat. If you are going to rail about education, show some and perceive that "Jim Crow" symbolically represented something quite real.

Robert Byrd actually belonged to the KKK, if memory serves, and ALL of the KKK members were Democrats.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a lifelong Republican for that very reason.

webcelt
webcelt

That would be a great point, if any of it was accurate. Take off the tin foil hat.

beverly daniel
beverly daniel

brian....speak for yourself.  You may not have noticed but most conservatives are honest about their Party and those who wish to represent us.  We're not apologists, blame others or make excuses for bad behaviour like liberals do.

We expect honest facts in an article and not snarky and unsubstantiated remarks the "author" feels the need to throw in regardless of its relevance to the article.

bartcop
bartcop

The point of the matter is, she got something right completely accidentally. She IS a moron, incompetent, quitter and an inciter of hate. She is not fit to hold ANY public office let alone governor or whatever. She is ignorant of any real facts but can spout crap until the cows come home.

bartcop
bartcop

Not really. Publish the quotes from those guys. It was pretty tongue in cheek.

brian
brian

you cant just say "historians" "they" and "renown historians" and robotically regurgitate what some friend told you or some blogger wrote.  you need to do your own research ms. daniel,  the historian people are refering to is Brendan McConville and his quote is in the below article. 

http://bostonherald.com/news/u...

i agree technically her statement is correct just like my cops and robber analogy is technically correct but even educated conservatives agree what really happened is that she fudged another line (like many politcians do and palin is maybe unfairly/disproportaintly ridiculed for) and used a little bit of revisionist history to try to pretend that she did it on purpose. 

you can support palin and still say she messed up her history.

sorry for no spell checking in a bit of a rush....go heat!

brian
brian

"jim crow" was not a democrat. In the song he was an african american and seeing as it was written in the 1820s when african americans were denied the right to vote he could not have been a democrat.  the song was used to make fun of andrew jackson (a democrats) policies as president

so before you rail against my education and tell me to percieve something about jim crow you should do your own research.  he symbolically represented a set of laws intended to deny US citizens their full rights.

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