Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday equated his party’s push for stricter access to the polls with voter ID laws to that of locking out robbers so they don’t break into your house at night.
In a contentious exchange with msnbc host Thomas Roberts, Spicer defended controversial voter ID laws popping up around the country, saying the idea that Republicans were out to suppress voters was “extremely insulting.”
“Let me ask you a question. Do you lock your house at night?” Spicer asked.
“Do I lock my house at night?” Roberts repeated. “Sure.”
“You do it not because maybe it has a history of being broken into, but because you regard your property and your personal well-being as something precious and you want to protect it. It’s not because there’s a history of necessarily your home being broken into. And so I think the question comes down when it comes to protecting our right to vote. It’s not necessarily has there been rampant voter fraud in every state that we have to protect. It says this is a precious right that each of us has as an American.”
Perhaps Spicer has never been locked out of his own house before.
Roberts pushed back on the analogy that the nation would need a full ADF-style security system to preemptively shut out voters from instances of voter fraud.
“That’s basically what voter suppression is: putting a lock on the right and the access for many Americans to vote who may not have the same access to voting to maybe as you or I have because we can afford to go get an ID for ourselves,” Roberts said.