DNC chair Wasserman Schultz under fire for Jim Crow comments
By: CNN’s Rebecca Stewart
Washington (CNN)-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz might “say anything,” but she also might take it back. After being blasted by opponents for invoking Jim Crow during a critique of voter identification laws backed by Republicans, the congresswoman admitted using the “wrong analogy.”
When asked about the measures including identification requirements and shorter windows for early voting Sunday, the Florida congresswoman told Roland Martin, CNN contributor and host of “Washington Watch” on TV One, “You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally-and very transparently-block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.” But she later backed down.
Wasserman Schultz also compared the controversial measures to poll taxes, fees historically used to keep African-Americans from voting that were abolished in 1964.