For Immediate Release
Shin Inouye, Inouye@civilrights.org
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to White House's Baseless Voting Claim
WASHINGTON - Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the made-up claim from the White House that millions of illegal votes were cast in the past election. Invented claims like these are usually used to undermine the advancement and enforcement of voting rights laws:
“The White House is bashing immigrants, undermining voting rights, and playing to bigotry all at once.
Senator Jeff Sessions once made up fraud charges to wrongly prosecute voting rights activists, and the White House appears to be using the same anti-civil rights playbook. Peddling these lies just drives this administration farther from reality and from the people it claims to govern.
Only a day after the White House promised to try to get things right, this conspiracy theory raises serious doubts about whether our new President can be trusted on anything.”
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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.
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