Pennsylvania Democratic candidate for the US Senate, John Fetterman, previously stated that he was vehemently opposed to voter ID laws because he believes poor people and “people of color” are less likely to carry their own. identity card than those who are rich and white.
The moment came during a now uncovered interview in December 2021, in which Fetterman is documented discussing efforts in Pennsylvania to “pass a constitutional amendment by making sure the universal voting ID for every time you vote.”
“Because [Republican state legislators] understand that at any given time, there are tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are typically on the poorer side and are people of color who are least likely to have their IDs at any given time, “he said.
On several occasions, Fetterman has also openly referred to voter identification laws as “outrageous”, “illogical” and “unjust”, with the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor even going so far as to compare them to Jim Crow’s laws.
Fetterman’s stereotypical remarks that only wealthy white Americans know how to get their ballot papers are not only debunked by the fact that the vast majority of non-white Americans have some form of government ID, but that the vast majority of Americans – of all races – advocate requiring American citizens to show identification in order to vote.
A 2021 Rasmussen Reports poll on the issue found that 75% of US voters “believe that photo identification should be submitted before voting,” including 69% of black Americans. A separate 2021 poll from Monmouth University also found broad bipartisan approval to require ID cards to vote, with “91% Republicans, 87% Independents and 62% Democrats” all supporting the politics.
Despite his insinuation that financially poor and non-white Americans do not have the means to acquire an identity card to vote, Fetterman is hardly the only Democrat pushing such a blatantly offensive narrative. Georgia’s fictional governor Stacy Abrams, for example, last year referred to Georgia’s recent election bill, “which included the expansion of voter identification laws,” calling it “racist” and “a summary of Jim Crow in a suit and tie “.
President Joe Biden has also repeatedly pushed the lie that voter identity requirements oppress certain segments of the population, with the then Vice President saying in 2014 that such a policy is an “attempt to crack down on the minority vote disguised as an attempt. to put an end to corruption “.
Biden also went to great lengths to disparage Republican efforts to implement electoral integrity reforms. In July 2021, the president released an extraordinarily grotesque statement referring to the recently enacted voting laws as a “21st century assault on Jim Crow.”
Shawn Fleetwood is a staff writer for The Federalist and a graduate of Mary Washington University. He is also the author of state content for the Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood