Fox News contributor: Hillary Clinton’s call to expand early voting is just ‘bogus race baiting’
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich argued on Monday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was “race baiting” by calling for greater access to the polls before election day.
Speaking to students at the historically-black Texas Southern University last week, Clinton called for a nationwide standard of at least 20 days of early in-person voting.
“What is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to another,” Clinton said, noting that GOP hopefuls Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush had all signed laws designed to stifle voting rights.
On Monday, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett asked Pavlich if Clinton was “playing the race card and the poor card simultaneously.”
“Let’s not pretend Hillary Clinton doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing here,” Pavlich replied. “She needs black voter turnout in 2016 in order to win. And the way that she’s going to do that is by perpetuating this bogus, race-baiting narrative that somehow voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters.”
“First of all, it’s not true. Second of all, it’s shameless,” she continued. “It’s a losing issue for her. Unfortunately, she’s decided to go down that race-baiting route in order to get that demographic to come out and vote for her because she’s hurting for votes at this point.”
Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast June 8, 2015.
(h/t: Media Matters)