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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has some explaining to do. Namely, he’s got to explain why he holds elections in the state of North Carolina to a different standard than he holds elections throughout the rest of the country. 

During the fallout from a deeply embarrassing voter fraud scandal that made heavy use of absentee ballots in the state of North Carolina earlier this year, one of the voices that spoke up was Senator McConnell. At the time the Senate Majority Leader tried to pin the blame for the fraud, which benefited the Republican candidate, on Democrats who he said believed that voter fraud didn’t happen. This is not what Democrats believe, but the basis of his argument is that the Republicans support “common sense safeguards” of American elections and the Democrats don’t. 

Earlier this month the Senate Majority Leader tanked bipartisan measures to up the security of American elections. Where is the Senate Majority Leader who believed that Republicans support the aforementioned safeguards that protect American elections? 

This hypocrisy is honestly amazing, yet very few Democrats have publicly called out this blatant and difficult to explain hypocrisy. Why is the Senate Majority Leader so passionate about suspicious and partisan legislation while ignoring or even outright dismissing bipartisan and factual legislation? And why are Democrats refusing to properly call out this brazen example of double-think? 

The reality is that we all know why. Republicans in the mold of the Senate Majority Leader enjoy voter-ID laws because these laws disproportionately impact people of color, and they rarely care about protecting our elections from foreign interference so long as the foreigners doing the interference look like them. 

 

Featured image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega is a Puerto Rican secular humanist writing about politics, history, and human rights. He works as a social justice intern at the American Humanist Association.

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