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MIGOP Demands Specifics from Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on His Claims of Racism

An overwhelming majority of Americans - and Black Americans - favor voter ID to ensure the security of our elections.

Michigan GOP

Thursday, April 01, 2021

MIGOP Demands Specifics from Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on His Claims of Racism

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist made very serious claims on National Television without providing specifics

LANSING, MICH—Michigan's Lieutenant Governor, Garlin Gilchrist, is making very serious claims of racism without providing specifics, which is extremely irresponsible and damaging to the national conversation on race.

Gilchrist made several public appearances, including television interviews, where he labeled Republican election reform efforts as voter suppression and some sort of nefarious plot against the Black community.

"Republicans are afraid of voters. It is that simple," Gilchrist said on MSNBC Sunday morning. "They'd rather frankly assault and kick voters in the teeth, than opening up he Democratic process."

Just one hour later, Gilchrist used even sharper language when speaking to the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church via zoom.

"It's really disgusting and to me, what it says is that one, Republicans are scared of you voting. Period. Republicans are scared of people who look like us voting, right?" said Gilchrist.

"They are so scared, and so they decided, we don't want you all to vote anymore so we're going to make it more difficult for people who look like you to do so [to vote]," he continued.

“The Lt. Governor is coarsening the debate over voting reform with reckless claims of racism,” said Ted Goodman, communications director of the Michigan Republican Party. “An overwhelming majority of Americans - and Black Americans - favor voter ID to ensure the security of our elections. Even the Democrat Party requires ID to vote in their state party conventions. Their casual use of these accusations undermine efforts to combat actual racism in our society.”