Leave it to the Reverend Al Sharpton to turn the crazy up a notch on false claims that the GOP’s investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal is somehow linked to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s quest to stop states’ Voter ID laws from taking effect.
At press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Sharpton, host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, condemned the upcoming House of Representatives vote to hold the AG in contempt, claiming Holder has “fought for voter rights, civil rights, women’s rights, and immigration rights,” and because of those actions, “he has been targeted with humiliation” by the GOP.
Sharpton’s speech was followed by National Urban League President Marc Morial, who shared Sharpton’s ridiculous view that the Fast and Furious investigation – which began more than a year ago and was began in response to border control agent Brian Terry’s death – was part of the GOP’s grand scheme to suppress voters. Sharpton and Morial join a growing list of Democrats who seek to downplay the seriousness of House Republicans’ investigation into operation Fast and Furious by linking it to GOP Governors’ attempts to reduce voter fraud by passing laws that require would be voters to show a valid photo ID at the voting booth.
Sharpton waged a blistering attack against House Republicans, claiming that in light of Holder’s cooperation, “the only thing contemptible is that they are going to vote a contempt citation on Thursday.”
He singled out Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who chairs the body that helps elect Republicans to the U.S Senate (the National Republican Senatorial Committee) in his tirade for daring to address the topic of voter fraud. Sharpton claimed that voter fraud does not exist, despite widespread evidence that it does, and insisted that Republicans are actually trying to implement “voter suppression rules.”
Morial labeled the investigation of Holder by House Republican’s as a “clumsy, naked, politically motivated, witch hunt,” and contended that Republicans are attempting to smear an “honest, hardworking, reputable man.”
Morial failed to mention issue at the heart of the investigation into the failed Operation Fast and Furious, that it was a blotched effort that resulted in the death of an innocent American citizen.
Ironically, the embattled Reverend Al has plenty of political motive himself to defend Holder, as the Attorney General recently praised him for his controversial involvement in the Trayvon Martin case at a ceremony in April.
Nevertheless, Sharpton charged that the scheduled contempt vote is something that will “reconfirm the civil rights community’s contempt for those on the right-wing that manipulate law and due process for politics.”
Sarah Muro contributed to this report.