Vice President Kamala Harris infuriated Americans on Saturday after she suggested voter ID laws don’t work because it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their IDs.
“I don’t think that we should underestimate what [compromising on voter ID] could mean,” Harris emphasized in an interview with BET News. “Because in some people’s mind[s], that means, well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove that you are who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t — there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.”
“People have to understand that when we’re talking about voter ID laws, be clear about who you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are,” Harris continued. “Of course people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”
Harris’s controversial interview initially aired on Friday, and quickly drew backlash over the weekend for seeming incredibly out of touch with Americans.
Hi, I live on top of a mountain on the WV/VA border and I can photocopy my ID. I mean I do it while moonshining White Lightning while dueling banjos play in the background but I can still do it. https://t.co/clxtK5NmRU
— Chris Barron 🇺🇸 (@ChrisRBarron) July 10, 2021
I guess rural folks don’t go to the doctor, buy cigarettes, or alcohol, or drive cars.
— Doug Hamblin (@Rocknrollrev) July 10, 2021
I live in the middle of nowhere. I can photo copy my ID. She’s so misinformed and so ridiculous. It’s absurd
— mom (@mom18008390) July 10, 2021
*Actual footage* of us leaving to go find a thing called “Kinkos” many moons ago in rural America. pic.twitter.com/N00qenS0sb
— The Bold Italic (@thebolditalic) July 10, 2021
Harris’s remarks ignore the fact that there are countless ways in which Americans can photocopy their IDs, from cheap public copy machines to at-home printers. According to Pew Research, over 80 percent of
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