PASADENA, Calif., June 6, 2015 – Hillary Clinton came out firing on Friday. Clinton attacked four former and current GOP governors by name in an effort to label them as racists by criticizing voting restrictions in their respective states.
Clinton specifically targeted Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by telling them to stop “fear mongering” about a phantom epidemic of voter fraud.
It’s unclear what provoked the former First Lady to make these statements, especially since she has chosen to lie low over the past few weeks. One possibility is that the softening in her poll numbers instigated this recent offensive. Additionally, Hillary now finds herself facing three new Democratic challengers in Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee.
Voter fraud, an undeniable reality, has been a hot button issue for Democrats as they routinely try to paint rational voter ID laws as overbearing and oppressive. Clinton has gone so far as to say that she believes in automatic and indiscriminate voter registration for all Americans.
This Republican shaming was part of Hillary’s announcement that her team will be suing the state of Ohio for its voting practices. Hillary made the outrageous claim that “today Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.”
While all of the governors mentioned took exception to that dishonest statement, none were as animated as Ohio governor and potential 2016 candidate John Kasich, who eviscerated Hillary on a Fox morning show.
Kasich dismissed Hillary’s comments as demagoguery and made the astute observation that if Hillary wants to sue a state over voting laws, it should be her own home state of New York. Ohio voters are given almost a month of time in order to vote with the understanding that it provides those who work long hours or lack transportation the ability to get to the polls. In New York, where Clinton currently resides and was a United States senator for eight years, there is no early in person voting and voters are required to get to the polls on election day.
As the New York times reported, Ohio is a pretty easy state to vote in overall. A recent pew poll ranked Ohio as the 24th easiest state to vote in, while New York came in at 47. Very simply, the assertions by Hillary Clinton are not true.
The Ohio governor, who has been kicking the tires on a presidential run of his own lately, has made a point not to join fellow Republicans in criticizing Hillary for her many indiscretions over the past several years. Kasich was not holding back on Friday and he continued his critique of Hillary by explaining that the country is tired of racial demagoguery and divisiveness. Kasich even went so far as to ask “What is she talking about?” when Fox anchor Bill Hemmer asked him to respond to Hillary’s attack on Ohio.
It’s no coincidence that Hillary chose to go after Republican-led states as part of her race-baiting crusade as this was purely a political move. It may have been intended to excite her base and stoke those who thrive on accusing Republicans of racism, but she also may have misplayed her hand a bit. Instead of putting Ohio’s voting record in the headlines, the news maker on Friday was John Kasich. Kasich was provided an opportunity to go toe to toe with Hillary and clearly came out on top.
Charles Krauthammer, who had not been a huge supporter of Kasich in the past, pointed out on Friday evening that Kasich has built up some momentum and used this situation to his political advantage. Krauthammer made the point that Kasich is a candidate with a strong record of fighting for equal rights for everyone, and Clinton’s message of divisiveness won’t fly in Ohio.
Clinton’s poll numbers appear to be on a downward trend as more candidates decide to enter the race. Although still very much the front runner, Hillary has revealed herself as a very beatable candidate. The emails, dodging questions, allegations of mishandling money at her foundation and an overall track record of controversy have opened the door for others to make their names known, especially when Hillary creates opportunities for her opponents to fire back when she makes false statements.
Watch the full exchange below: