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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns White House Attack on Voting Rights


Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement as the White House is expected to investigate voting integrity claims that are usually used as a false justification to roll back voting rights:

"This past election--the first presidential election in 50 years with a gutted Voting Rights Act--was marred by a tidal wave of voter discrimination efforts. There was gerrymandering, mass closures of polling places, and a nationwide campaign to make it harder for people of color to vote. Candidate Trump was an eager participant in this effort and even urged his supporters to go out and challenge voters at precincts in Black neighborhoods of Philadelphia. That's the only real fraud in this past election.

The politicians who want to continue to deny equal voting rights to people of color can't justify their tactics with facts. Study after study shows that they have no facts so they have invented Chicken Little stories and conspiracy theories like those promoted by President Trump.

Trump's assertions are just another round of alt-facts that serve his political interests. First it was birtherism as a racially-charged myth, now he's doing it with voting rights.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions concocted voter fraud charges to falsely prosecute voting rights activists, and President Trump is taking a page from that same playbook."

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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