Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is in hot water for suggesting that black voters are not truly American.

McConnell’s remarks came shortly after Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) refused to allow changes to the Senate filibuster rules so that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act could be debated and voted on.

During a press conference, McConnell was asked about concerns by voters of color who fear their access to the polls will be restricted in the 2022 midterm elections, to which the Kentucky Republican replied:

“Well, the concern is misplaced. Because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”

That was all it took to set off a wave of revulsion and anger on social media:

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