AG Garland claims civil rights STILL under attack in ‘Bloody Sunday’ service, black vote under threat

Invoking “white supremacists” and Reconstruction, Attorney General Merrick Garland went full race-baiter over election integrity measures while marking a civil rights anniversary.

President Joe Biden’s administration was out in full force Sunday as officials attended ceremonies in Selma, Alabama to mark the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. While Vice President Kamala Harris used the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, Garland took the pulpit before black churchgoers to demonize “discriminatory” voter ID laws.

Standing before attendees at Selma’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, the nation’s top cop pit election integrity efforts from legislatures and affirmed by the courts against “black voters and other voters of color.”

“That is why one of the first things I did when I came into office was to double the size of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division,” said Garland as he laid out efforts to challenge so-called “discriminatory, burdensome, and unnecessary restrictions on access to the ballot, including those related to mail-in voting, the use of drop boxes, and voter ID requirements.”

“That is why we are working to block the adoption of discriminatory redistricting plans that dilute the vote of black voters and other voters of color,” he added.

“It was under attack in the wake of the Civil War and amidst Reconstruction when white supremacists used violence and threats of violence to stop black Americans from exercising their right to vote,” the attorney general noted before referencing the prosecution of “more than a thousand members of the Ku Klux Klan.”

“But as you well know, court decisions in recent years have drastically weakened the protections of the Voting Rights Act that marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge bled for 59 years ago,” said Garland. “And since those decisions, there has been a dramatic increase in legislative measures that make it harder for millions of eligible voters to vote and to elect representatives of their choice”

He specified, “Those measures include practices and procedures that make voting more difficult; redistricting maps that disadvantage minorities;; and changes in voting administration that diminish the authority of locally elected or nonpartisan election administrators. Such measures threaten the foundation of our system of government.”

“Our commitment to you is that we will never stop working with you, and for you, to ensure that every eligible voter can cast a vote that counts,” assured the Justice Department head after admitting to working in opposition to efforts that would do just that.

Garland’s commentary prompted severe backlash on social media after he had trotted out the same tired argument that black people were somehow incapable of getting government-issued identification.

“The level of racism the left spews in the face of black people is astounding,” wrote one user. “Telling black people they are not ‘smart enough’ To get a voter ID is insane.”

Kevin Haggerty

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