Vice President Kamala Harris was ridiculed Saturday for her argument against voter ID laws. She claimed that rural Americans are unable to get photocopies of their ID’s according to Fox News.
Harries said in an interview with BET News, “I don’t think that we should underestimate what that [compromise on voter ID laws] could mean. Because in some people’s mind, that means you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t – there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.” Harris continued, “Of course people have to prove who they are. Not in a way that makes it almost impossible to prove who they are.”
Many rural Americans did not appreciate the comments from the vice president. “We built this country. We can manage to photocopy our ID’s,” said former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright. Harris’s comments address the nationwide debate over voter ID laws. Progressives have argued that these laws are racist, while Republicans claim they will prevent illegal voting. After the vice president spent two weekends at her Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles following her short visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in late June, many have criticized Harris, suggested that she is out of touch with the country.
The Associated Press released polling data that shows most Americans support laws requiring voter ID’s. In fact, 72% of American adults support voter ID laws, including the majority of black Americans. In June, Biden announced that the vice president would lead the White House’s pursuit to expand ballot box access. Harris told BET News that this was an issue she specifically asked to lead. Despite this, her role in this position and her comments have led to extensive backlash, as the vice president continues to get slammed on Twitter and other social media networks (Newsweek).
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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