Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson said Tuesday that it was “disgusting” to hear Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, compare Georgia’s new electoral law to the South African apartheid of the mid-20th century in ” The Story “. “
Speaking during a cable news interview, Omar praised calls to boycott the Peach State and said that in the case of Apartheid, which ran roughly between 1948 and 1991, the segregationist and institutionally racist policies against the country’s black population ended. thanks to part of the boycotts.
“Our hope is that this boycott will result in changes to the law because we understand that when people’s voting power is restricted, it creates a democracy that does not fully work for all of us,” Omar said of Georgia’s new law. that prohibits the holding of elections in the vicinity of a vote, expands early voting on weekends, and strengthens identification requirements for absentee voting.
Carson responded that it was offensive for someone to use something as serious and dangerous as South African apartheid and compare it to Georgia law without actually explaining the alleged similarities.
“It is so disgusting that people try to take something as horrible as apartheid and try to equate it with this and not explain it,” he said. “This is the worst part. They make these accusations, everyone gets on the train and doesn’t sit down to explain it.”
Carson said Omar’s comments are indicative of a major problem in the United States of late, where people can make fire allegations without backing up their claims with facts, only invective accusations like “racist” and “Jim Crow.”
“We are not enemies of each other. Trying to create black victimhood and white guilt does not get us anywhere,” he said.
Regarding Jim Crow, the segregationist laws passed by Southern Democrats after the end of Reconstruction, Carson said it was also problematic to see President Biden launch the term with abandon.
Biden has called Georgia’s law “Jim Crow on steroids” and called Republican efforts to strengthen election laws “mak[ing] Jim Crow looks like Jim Eagle. “
“It is very sad that some of our leaders, particularly the leader of the free world, are involved in spreading information that is not true. I wonder if these people understand the story,” he said.
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“Do you know what the Jim Crow laws really were? They were a mechanism to diminish the rights that many blacks had won during Reconstruction and they enforced segregation. The things that people went through in those days were horrendous.”
He commented that Delta Airlines CEO Edward Bastian, who called Georgia’s law “unacceptable” among other criticisms, like Omar, did not appear to back up his claims with facts.
Carson noted that while Bastian opposed a law that would strengthen identification requirements for Georgia voters, it is highly unlikely that he would allow someone to board one of its commercial jets without identification.
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“I find it quite funny that the CEO of Delta and American Airlines is saying that requiring a voter ID is racist. Trying to get on a Delta or American Airlines flight without official ID – you’re not going to get on there.”
In the case of American Airlines, the company has opposed a similar bill in the Texas legislature.
During Tuesday’s spirited remarks, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick slammed AA Executive Director W. Doug Parker, urging him to “read the damn bill before you give [an opinion]. “