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Presenters Jemele Hill and Michael Smith speak at the 49th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif., January 15, 2018. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Jemele Hill, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and ex-ESPN anchor, called Senator Joe Manchin a “power-hungry white dude” on Saturday after the moderate Democrat came out against his party’s sweeping voter rights legislation.

Democrats have claimed their “For the People Act” is necessary in light of Republicans’ “assault” on voter rights. However, writing in an essay for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin said he would vote against the bill over concern that any partisan voting legislation “will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy.” 

On Twitter, Hill retweeted an Associated Press article on Manchin’s comments and wrote that his decision is “so on brand for this country.”

This is so on brand for this country. Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude. @Sen_JoeManchin is a clown. https://t.co/fCMuyoLer3

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 6, 2021

“Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude. @Sen_JoeManchin is a clown,” she wrote.

Hill is no stranger to making controversial comments: In July, she wrote in a post that “if you vote for Donald Trump, you are a racist. You have no wiggle room.” In 2017, the White House called for her to be fired from her role at ESPN after she said that then-President Trump was a white supremacist. She left the network nearly one year later.

The legislation would override hundreds of state laws governing elections, federalize control of voting and elections to an unprecedented degree and end two centuries of state power to draw congressional districts.

It would require states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day voter registration. It would also require states to offer no-excuse absentee balloting, as well as 15 days of early voting.

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