Hillary Clinton To Black Audience: ‘There Is Mischief Afoot’ With Voter ID Laws

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets and gives a thumbs-up to Fred Gray, Rosa Parks former attorney, before speaking at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Mrs. Clinton's keynote address is part of a two-day event put on by the National Bar …
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Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton warns black legal activists that “there is mischief afoot” when it comes to voting rights issues in the United States.

Speaking at the National Bar Association’s 60th anniversary celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Montgomery bus boycott Tuesday in Alabama, Clinton appealed to the conspiracy-minded instincts of those who believe that photo ID laws represent a Republican effort to suppress the vote, rather than a way to prevent voter fraud.

“I thought we’d solved that problem,” Clinton said about voting access. “Unfortunately, there is mischief afoot. Some people are just determined to keep other Americans from voting.”

Clinton cited the closing of some DMV offices in Alabama, as part of necessary budget cuts, as a vote-suppressing plot, despite evidence to the contrary.

Clinton was introduced at the event by Benjamin Crump, the high-profile lawyer for the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families who was recently named president of the National Bar Association following his headline-grabbing advocacy work.

“I’ve never been to a revival quite like this one…especially a revival lifting up lawyers,” Clinton said, returning to a familiar campaign stump talking point about how her supporters make it a seem like a “revival” is going on.

Clinton took aim at the gun industry, quoted Martin Luther King and talked about Rosa Parks, and recalled a conversation she once had with civil rights lawyer John Doar.

Crump, meanwhile, was more passionate in his remarks.

“When we fight for the Trayvons, and the unknown Trayvons…What we’re doing is helping America live up to its creed,” Crump declared in his introduction.

“I know that when she takes that oath in November….she’s going to fight for all of America, not just white America, not just rich America, but for the United States of America,” Crump said, mistaking November for January as the month in which a president gets sworn in.