Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown made a shocking accusation last night on Current TV’s The War Room that Republicans don’t want minorities to vote in U.S. elections.
After an equally bizarre discussion with the show’s host - former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm - about voter suppression, in which Granholm falsely asserted that GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign was strategically engaging in voter suppression efforts, Brown went on a rant about groups trying to recruit the “Tea Party types to do what they can to push voters away from the polls.”
“You would think in America we would be about trying to get everyone in the world to vote, hopefully standing in line for hours if they have to. But that’s not the way some of these people want to play the game. They want to reduce the number of people who have casted votes. They don’t want racial minorities to vote at all. And it’s that voter supression is focused on racial minorites, on students, on people who are new to the voting process, on people who who have just been sworn in as new citizens of this nation, and it’s unfortunate because it goes counter to what this democracy is all about.”
“Exactly right!” Granholm excitedly said Brown in response, after saying the last few lines of his diatribe with him in tandem. “Thank you so much as usual. You were so clear! That honorably Willie Brown, the former Mayor of San Francisco.”
Brown was previously on the record as saying that the African-American vote is being suppressed, including an appearance on Granholm’s show on May 31, in which he chided the Department of Justice for not doing more to stop voter suppression. However, his claim that “Tea Party types” don’t want minorities to vote at all is a new argument and one that harkens back to claims from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other leading Democratic figures that Republicans ”want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws” – a claim that has been rated false by non-partisan fact checkers.