CNN Tonight tried to scare viewers that new GOP election legal guidelines just like the one in Georgia have been the identical as “Jim Crow” racial segregation guidelines of the South from over half a century in the past.
In case you suppose that sounds ridiculous, effectively, that’s as a result of it’s. But host Don Lemon nonetheless pushed ahead the absurd notion:
“There are greater than 250 proposed payments and at the least 43 states which might be aimed toward limiting entry to the poll. It’s being known as the brand new Jim Crow,” Lemon touted to begin the hysteria pushed, fact-free report from correspondent Joe Johns.
“Jim Crow is making a comeback,” Johns hyped, whereas CNN performed footage of a 1941 movie displaying a “Jim Crow” character in blackface. He added that new election safety legal guidelines will flip America again into to the racially segregated South:
Jim Crow can also be the title used to explain unequal racial segregation guidelines that banned black folks from consuming at white owned eating places, staying in white owned accommodations, and totally collaborating within the election course of. Now, as lots of of latest proposals to cut back voter participation, the parallels with the previous are inescapable.
Johns then talked to a self-described “civil rights activist” from Virginia who was arrested for doing a sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter within the early Nineteen Sixties. Johns hyped how these legal guidelines of the previous weren’t whilst unhealthy as they’re now. “However evaluating at present’s proposals to restrict voting to Jim Crow legal guidelines of the previous, can solely go to this point.” The activist he interviewed added, “What is occurring now could be worse than something I’d suppose might ever occur to a democracy. Residing in America.”
The uncritical CNN reporter then touted the left-wing Brennan Middle for Justice blaming President Trump’s “huge lie” about election fraud to be the inspiration behind these payments. The activist claimed Republicans have been utilizing this deceive “blatantly” inform black voters, “We’re going to hold you from voting.”
Johns touted the Brennan Middle once more calling these legal guidelines racist with a further soundbite:
JOHNS: And a few of these proposals have already change into regulation just like the one in Georgia making it a misdemeanor to ship meals or water to folks standing in line to vote. Proponents of the measure declare it’s not racist. It is simply to maintain folks from making an attempt to affect voters on election day. However the Brennan Central for Justice says, Jim Crow election legal guidelines have been additionally introduced as impartial on the time.
The CNN report ended with hopes that Congress will intervene and use its energy to “make its personal guidelines” or “undo” these election safety measures.
“So in idea at the least, something the states do, the Congress can undo if there may be solely sufficient political will. That in fact is a giant query mark proper now,” Johns hopefully added.
Lemon praised the fearmongering report as the 2 chatted some extra pressuring Democrats in Congress to stomp out states’ rights:
DON LEMON: Historical past actually reveals us why it’s so vital for Congress to be concerned right here, proper?
JOE JOHNS: Completely. And there’s an actual query of congressional neglect. Again in 2013 the USA Supreme Courtroom basically eviscerated components of the Voting Rights Act. They did inform Congress that it wanted to cross some new measures together with the Voting Rights Act which has not occurred now in eight years. In fact, that is the explanation why we see such a giant push up on Capitol Hill to alter voting rights, as soon as and for all.
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