Politics

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

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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