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For today’s quote, I thought I would include the 60 Minutes cut of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent statement regarding the Georgia election law:
We are witnessing voting procedures worse than Jim Crow or “Jim Crow on steroids,” the horrific racist brutality of segregation. Election Day hours were changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were fewer than the law requires.
After objections from McConnell’s office, producers at CBS’s 60 Minutes clarified that they had edited the quotation for clarity and stood by their reporting. McConnell’s office provided the text of his actual statement which is reproduced below.
We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people.
The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Nobody actually believes this. Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there’s an old cynical saying that ‘history is just the set of lies agreed upon.’ And a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.
The Washington Post has repeatedly debunked White House lies about legislation in Georgia: ‘In reality, Election Day hours were not changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were expanded.’ Plenty of Democrat-run states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgia law requires. More than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a supermajority of independents, favor commonsense voter I.D. requirements; even so, Georgia will accept alternatives to driver’s licenses to verify absentee voters. All the facts disprove the big lie.