In Texas, Hillary plays race card for 2016

In Texas, Hillary plays race card for 2016

Echoing President Obama’s musing about mandatory voting while leveraging a billionaire’s money, Hillary Clinton is playing the race card in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Struggling with non-minority voters, Clinton told a crowd at Houston’s historically black Texas Southern University that sweeping changes are needed to get blacks to the polls.

“Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting,” she charged.

The former first lady’s broadside came three months after Obama suggested that voting be mandatory.

Clinton is aggressively working the legal front to stir up the “disenfranchisement” narrative. Her chief counsel, Marc Elias, has $5 million from left-wing financier George Soros to challenge voting laws around the country.

Texas’ photo-ID law was knocked down by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as an undue “burden” on minority voters. Other election laws are under fire in South Carolina, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Ohio.

A four-point agenda — pushed by progressive groups and parroted by Hillary — would:

  • Ensure all U.S. citizens are automatically registered to vote when they turn 18.
  • Pass legislation to fix a “damaged” Voting Rights Act.
  • Expand early, absentee and mail voting.
  • Set a nationwide standard for 20+ days of early in-person voting.

“It’s like building a bank with no locks,” said Jay DeLancy, president of the Voter Integrity Project in North Carolina.

“It speaks only to the idea of making elections more accessible, while giving no regard to any sort of prevention of abuse,” he told Watchdog.org.

Logan Churchwell, spokesman for the Texas-based True the Vote, said “every single point” of Clinton’s gambit involves more federal control in a coordinated campaign to energize disillusioned black voters.

“It’s the Obama coalition, and Hillary needs them,” Churchwell observed.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former attorney in the Justice Department’s Voting Rights division, says the Soros-funded challenges to state election laws are designed to implant a divisive media mantra in advance of the presidential contest.

“They play better on the local news than in the courthouse,” von Spakovsky added.

Churchwell agrees: “Would a ‘damaged’ Voting Rights Act have taken down Texas’ photo-ID law at the most conservative appellate court in country?”

Insofar as Clinton is counting on the likes of Lone Star liberals at Battleground Texas, consider what happened to Wendy Davis and other state Democrats in 2014.

“It was frustrating to watch,” Democratic consultant Christian Archer said of Battleground Texas’ poor performance in boosting minority turnout.

“The bar kept getting lowered and lowered and lowered and lowered and lowered, and then they tripped over it,” he told the Austin American-Statesman.

Further to Hillary’s left, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to make voting even easier. The Vermont senator has introduced legislation to make Election Day a national holiday.

Read more by Kenric Ward at Watchdog.com.

Kenric Ward

Kenric Ward

Kenric Ward is a national correspondent and writes for the Texas Bureau of Watchdog.org. Formerly a reporter and editor at two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, Kenric has won dozens of state and national news awards for investigative articles. His most recent book is “Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas.”


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