Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized Saturday for arguing against voter ID laws, claiming rural Americans can’t get photocopies of their ID’s.

“I don’t think that we should underestimate what that [compromise on voter ID laws] could mean,” Harris said in an interview with BET News. “Because in some people’s mind, that means you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove 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.” 

“Of course people have to prove who they are,” Harris continued, but “not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”

The vice president’s comments came in the midst of a nationwide battle over voter ID laws, with states like Georgia and Texas taking center stage. Many progressives argue that voter ID laws are “racist,” while Republicans suggest changes in laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Rural Americans took issue with the comments from the vice president – who spent two recent weekends at her Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles following a brief visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in late June — suggesting she is out of touch with the nation. 

“We built this country. We can manage to photocopy our ID’s,” former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright

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