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Just in case you missed it.  Also, note the second part of the initial footage in which the elderly African-American questioner attempts to correct Mr. Renacci on his embarrassing lack of historical and constitutional knowledge.

Meanwhile, House Majority Whip James Clyburn has also weighed in on the issue (HT: Huffington Post):

“One would have to be really out of touch with reality on all fronts not to understand that that is almost the exclusive prerogative of the federal government. The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments are in the United States Constitution, and it would seem to me that anyone running for public office that requires an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and not know what’s in the Constitution of the United States is unfit to hold federal office. It’s just that simple.

“I was absolutely amazed to see and hear that response. But I suspect that these things are to be expected. What we have seen today is more and more people not just running, but winning nominations for office who are totally ill-prepared and inept, and that’s what happens when you tend to base your candidacy and your platform on soundbites and talking points. It doesn’t take much thought to repeat a soundbite or to regurgitate talking points. And that’s what we’ve got here.”

Clyburn added that while "the cry of states’ rights" has been around for a long time, this type of rhetoric is becoming more commonplace with the rise of the Tea Parties. He pointed out, however, that anyone who has run a business knows that "you cannot have 50 different sets of rights." "We tried that in the Civil War, and all of us know that that did not work," he said. "The only way to maintain unity in this great nation of ours is to have a unified voice and unified laws when it comes to determining citizenship and what kind of rights people have. He added that while more and more candidates are expressing these beliefs, "we’ll have to wait to see the results of these elections to determine whether or not they’re becoming more acceptable. I certainly hope they’re not becoming more acceptable because I think that, if there’s anything we as a country need to be vigilant about, and that is how we hold ourselves out to the rest of the world."

Ironically, Clyburn was already scheduled to appear with Congressman Boccieri in the distric for a community rally celebrating the 45th anniversary of… the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Let’s be clear.  There was no taking Mr. Renacci’s statement out of context.  He said on camera that civil rights should be a local issue, and is not a federal concern, period.   No caveats, no qualifiers.

And what’s stunning is not a single Ohio media outlet has reported on this… but us and ProgressOhio.

  • Adrienne

    Ah, yes another “states rights” RW idiot. Because the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments were not enforced, someone needed to write legislation so that they could actually be carried out. They were great words, but didn’t work out so well in the South. I guess Mr. Renacci wants to be “free” to oppress (insert minority group here) and take someone else’s rights away. That is what I hear when I listen to conservatives talk about freedom. I want to be free also. I think that works out better, when we are all free. Local issue = poll taxes and exams for voting and excluding enough people to win elections and and free to take someone’s rights away and free to abuse and oppress people who don’t look like you or think like you.

    This is another reason why my parents left Alabama and came to Ohio before I was born. My aunts and uncles have similar reasons why. They could not vote among other reasons (lack of opportunity etc.)

    Tired of this crap. He wants to be free maybe he should consider Somalia or Mexico is closer. He will need his own well paid army tho.

  • Gina

    Yep that’s Renacci.. What a loser.

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