Rep. Barbara Lee (D_CA) is a huge fan of the Castro brothers and met with Marxist leaders in 2009. (Flickr)
Fidel Castro supporter Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) complained on the House floor today that Republicans are trying to deny blacks the right to vote. She compared voter ID laws to Jim Crow laws set up by Democrats after the Civil War.
The Hill reported:
A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws.
“It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Having been born and raised in Texas, this certainly looks like a poll tax to me, which those of us remember as a way to prevent African Americans from voting. These voter ID laws have a partisan agenda: seeking to disenfranchise and deny specific populations of voters before they have the opportunity to elect their representatives in government.”
She also said the laws are meant to change election outcomes by “turning the clock back to the days of Jim Crow.”
Of course, this is just a ploy by democrats to get blacks excited to vote next year for failed President Barack Obama.
UPDATE: Let Freedom Ring has more on the controversy.