Bill Clinton References Jim Crow Laws in Florida à la Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Even though Debbie Wasserman Schultz's comment that Florida's voting laws were Republican attempts at Jim Crow laws led to her half-apology, former President Bill Clinton made a comment along the same lines yesterday.

As a speaker at the Campus Progress National Conference, part of Clinton's comments came in reference to Gov. Rick Scott's decision to extend the disenfranchisement of convicted felons, according to Politico.

"Why should we disenfranchise people forever once they've paid their price?" Clinton said. "Because most of them in Florida were African-Americans and Hispanics who tended to vote for Democrats. That's why."

And here's Clinton's Jim Crow comment:

"I can't help thinking since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and we're supposed to be a country dedicated to liberty that one of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time."

"There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today."

Clinton also reportedly made references to Ohio and New Hampshire with the same sentiments, but he's apparently unaware that the last time someone dropped a Jim Crow reference about Florida voting laws, it didn't turn out too well.


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First Hand
First Hand

The race baiting comments of an Impeached, disbarred and proven liar; hold no weight.And this from a guy of the party that created the KKK and celebrated Byrd (purple robe in the KKK). Dems are so laughable.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Gee, Matt,

It seems as if your story has rattled some cages.  Why can't folks just comment on the story without throwing nastiness out there?  The new Florida voting laws are, by design, an effort to curb voting, especially among minorities.  Every new law to curb "fraud" in elections is a fraud foisted upon taxpayers.  No one has presented any evidence of voter fraud since a Dade County election, 30 years ago, in which dead people voted.  Modern technology is available to stop voter fraud...if it exists.

Why isn't FloriDuh looking at Oregon's voting process?   They vote entirely by mail.  Turnout exceeds 90%.  Costs are less than half of what conventional elections cost. Could it be because the higher the turnout, the more minority voters cast ballots???

Oh, any arrests today???And if not, why not ???

glass slipper
glass slipper

How about combating the number of ILLEGAL ALIENS that try to vote?

 How about that President Cumstain?

 We know that more then anything you welcome ILLEGAL ALIENS !

JRD1
JRD1

Something has to be done to combat the number of dead people the democrats have voting, duh!

Soflagator
Soflagator

Whether or not a reference to Jim Crow laws is appropriate, does anyone really believe that the new voting laws passed by the legislature are not intended to reduce the number of Democrats voting? 

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

There you go again, casting aspersions upon dead people voting. Goodness, give the dead people a break. They need to have their rights upheld.

Soflagator
Soflagator

How many illegal aliens try to vote? 

Can you cite any source for this charge, or are you just making it up?

Soflagator
Soflagator

And what would that number be? 

You made trhe allegation, how abourt backing it up with some facts?

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

You are definitely on to something. Keep up the good work. Keep asking, then grab a bag of popcorn and await the never forthcoming response.

John Henry
John Henry

Obama called--he wants you to take your lips off his ass.

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

At this point, I am surprised that the dead people don't have an activist group clamoring for their right to vote, or at least have someone currently living exercise their vote for them.

Soflagator
Soflagator

Very witty, John Henry.  Kinda reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George is trying to come up with a "calling" retort.

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