JD Vance assaults Kamala Harris after talking concerning the impression of voter ID legal guidelines on rural communities
Hillbilly Elegy writer JD Vance, a new Senate candidate, criticized Vice President Kamala Harris after speaking out against voter identification laws.
Harris had said voter identification laws would harm people in rural areas.
“I don’t think we should underestimate what this could mean, because in the opinion of some people it means, well, you have to have your Xerox ID or photocopy to send it in to prove who you are”, she said in an interview with BET-TV on Friday. “There are a lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t – there are no Kinko’s, there is no Office Max around them.”
Vance responded to the vice president’s claim in an interview with Fox and Friends this morning.
“We do all sorts of crazy things in small towns across the state of Ohio and across the country. We have electricity, we have running water, we even have soap. And it’s amazing that the Vice President of the United States thinks that people in rural communities can’t make photocopies, ”he said. “I mean, it’s like she thinks if you go to a small town in this country, you have the tractor equipment store, the guys with the dueling banjos, and nothing else. And of course that’s ridiculous. And everyone who lives in these communities or has spent time in them knows that. “
“I think Kamala Harris, like many people in our elite class, has this stereotype of small town America that everything is backward, that people don’t have the basic things they need. But you see, when you talk to people, talk to Ohioans, or just read a poll, you find that rural Americans are actually strong on voter ID cards, ”he added. “So I think the Kamala Harrises of the world should leave their condescension to their co-workers and actually listen to what their voters are saying because these people are saying we actually want a voter ID, we want safe elections, let’s find out how” um to achieve that. “
After VP Harris claims rural Americans cannot access photocopiers for voter registration, @ JDVance1 denies that they are the voters primarily for voter ID cards. pic.twitter.com/venJDnjZzX
– Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) July 12, 2021
The American Civil Liberties Union is opposed to a voter identification bill.
“Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce voter turnout, and are in direct contrast to our country’s trend towards more Americans in the democratic process. Many Americans do not have any of the forms of identification that are acceptable for voting, ”the organization notes in an information sheet. “These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. Such voters often have difficulty obtaining ID because they cannot or cannot afford the underlying documents that are a prerequisite for obtaining government-issued photo identification. “
The organization notes that “11% of US citizens – or more than 21 million Americans – do not have a government issued photo ID ”and that“ Even if the ID is offered free of charge, voters must incur numerous costs (such as paying for birth certificates) to obtain one of government issued ID. ”In addition, these laws reduce voter turnout and disproportionately affect minorities.
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie from New York.