Don Lemon: Requiring a Voter ID ‘Is Racist’
CNN host blasts stricter voting requirements
CNN host Don Lemon has claimed that to require voters to show ID is “racist" during a discussion with fellow anchor Chris Cuomo.
On the subject of Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at a hearing on voting rights, Cuomo said:
“What he is playing on is the obvious, the optic of it."
"‘What’s wrong with showing an ID? Everybody has an ID. What’s wrong with that?’
"What he is leaving out is, of course, the pernicious part."
"When you ask somebody, do you think you should have a to show an ID to vote? Yeah, that sounds good people should know who you are," he said.
"But you’re not discussing what it takes to get that ID and who has them and who doesn’t and why they don’t have them," Lemon continued.
"That is where the truth lies, but he is not about the truth.”
“I try to explain that to people all the time, what is accepted as ID."
"I’m glad he said that. If you have license to carry that card, you can do it, but if you’re a student, your ID doesn’t work, or you know, an EBT card.”
“Public assistance. I wonder who has public assistance cards?”
“You know who has public assistance cards, poor people.”
“I think you have to look as you said into the intent, and you have to do your research."
"People say that all the time. Why shouldn’t you have to show an ID? I say do the research and figure out what kinds of people historically don’t have IDs or who tend not to have IDs as to the rest of the population."
"So you got to look at all of those things and not just at the surface, as you said."
"Ask a question, you know, some summary question like oh, my gosh, yeah, of course, everyone’s going to say yes until you actually get down to the nitty-gritty.
"They know exactly what they’re doing. Yes, is it racist? It is racist.”
Earlier this year, Neon Nettle reported that a large majority of American voters support voter ID, a new poll revealed.
The Republican National Committee commissioned the oil and conducted by former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, as reported by The New York Post at the time.
“The phone survey — which was conducted June 8-June 13 with 800 registered voters, 31 percent of whom identify as Democrats, 29 percent as Republicans, and 36 percent as independents — found 80 percent of its participants feel verifying voter ID ‘is an important security measure,’ while 89 percent said that they are in favor of ‘purging voter rolls’ after individuals have died or are no longer registered in previous areas they resided in,” reported the paper.