Democrats are aware of a little thing called the internet, right? They lie with seemingly no concern that the American people can check the tape to see if, in fact, they lied.
Here’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz on June 5th, 2011:
“Now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws…”
And here she is on March 21st, 2012:
MRC Reporter: You said that the GOP’s trying to turn back to the days of Jim Crow – about the voter ID laws?
Wasserman-Schultz: I didn’t, that’s not what I said.
Here’s the video of the exchange via the Media Research Center…
Perhaps Debbie Downer needs a history refresher, as her party supported the Jim Crow laws for at least 75 years. This report from Peter Roff at U.S. News & World Report explains:
Leaving aside the idea that she perhaps does not understand what the word “literally” means, the “Jim Crow” laws were a whole series of measures indented to keep blacks and whites apart, living lives that were “separate but equal” in all kinds of ways. They were not, as Wasserman Schultz inferred, simply about keeping blacks from voting.
On the books from the end of reconstruction until the U.S. Supreme Court began to chip away at them in its landmark 1954 decision in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the “Jim Crow” laws were a stain on our national character, one put there—and here is why the subject is dangerous for Wasserman Schultz to bring up—by the Democrats.
The fact that the Voting Rights Act was pushed through Congress by a Democrat—Lyndon Johnson—does not erase the party’s history of support for institutionalized de jure racism. LBJ was only able to get the bill through with the support of Republicans, led by Senate GOP leader Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois.
The Democratic Party’s longtime love affair with segregation is undeniable. Who stood up for “Jim Crow” when President Eisenhower tried to enforce desegregation at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School? Democrats like Arkansas Gov. Orvall Faubus, who called out the state’s National Guard to prevent black students from entering the school. It was a Democrat, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who famously proclaimed “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” And it was a Democratically-controlled Georgia legislature that picked nationally-known segregationist Lester Maddox to be their state’s 75th governor in 1966.
These are all facts that Wasserman Schultz conveniently seems to have forgotten.
And now, she’s forgotten that she ever made the statement in the first place…