“You have to look long and hard in history to find a Republican that voted for a Jim Crow law,” Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says.
Republicans should be calling out Democrats for making the absurd claim that the GOP supports Jim Crow laws when, in fact, history shows that the Democrats have always been the enacting the racist, voter-suppression laws, Sen. Paul said Tuesday during a virtual event hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
“We should throw it right back in their face,” Sen. Paul said:
“For Democrats to stand up and claim ‘Jim Crow’ should be called out on the face of it as ridiculous, and we should throw it right back in their face. Not only is this not Jim Crow, the Democrat Party is the party of Jim Crow.”
Paul said that, in his experience in his home state of Kentucky, “These despicable laws were passed entirely by Democrats” over unanimous Republican opposition:
“You have to look long and hard in history to find a Republican that voted for a Jim Crow law. In my state, when they passed Jim Crow laws at the turn of the last century, 1900, 1905, these despicable laws were passed entirely by Democrats. Every Republican voted no. Unfortunately, we only had a handful of Republicans in Kentucky at the time.”
As Heritage’s “Daily Signal” reports, Sen. Paul attributes his strong support for election integrity laws, which Democrats’ label ‘Jim Crow,’ to his father’s troublesome experience with voter irregularities back in 1976:
“Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., recalls an early and disappointing political experience in 1976, when he was 13 and his father lost a U.S. House seat in Texas by just 200 votes of about 200,000 cast. The loss, he says, led to his long-term interest in maintaining election integrity throughout the country.”
“We found precincts, and this is in 1976, where the entire precinct was 100% for the opponent and zero for us,” the senator recalled. “They had a 100% turnout.”