WASHINGTON — Sen. James Lankford apologized to black voters in his residence state of Oklahoma on Friday for opposing the end result of the presidential election in states with giant African American populations.
In a letter addressed to “My mates in North Tulsa,” obtained by the Tulsa World, the 52-year-old Republican acknowledged that his actions “prompted a firestorm of suspicion amongst a lot of my mates, significantly in Black communities across the state.”
Lankford was considered one of a number of senators who dropped their problem to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral School victory after President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Distinguished black political leaders within the Sooner State have known as for Lankford to be faraway from the state’s 1921 Race Bloodbath Centennial Committee and accused him of suppressing the black vote.
“What I didn’t understand was the entire nationwide dialog about states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, was seen as casting doubt on the validity of votes popping out of predominantly Black communities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Detroit,” Lankford wrote.
“After a long time of preventing for voting rights, many Black mates in Oklahoma noticed this as a direct assault on their proper to vote, for their vote to matter, and even a perception that their votes made an election in our nation illegitimate,” he went on.
Dozens of Republican allies of Trump deliberate to file objections to Biden’s victory, however after the lethal Capitol siege, solely GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri adopted by means of with their menace as Senate co-sponsors.
On Friday, Lankford apologized for the perceived slight to black voters.
“I can guarantee you, my intent to give a voice to Oklahomans who had questions was by no means additionally an intent to diminish the voice of any Black American,” he wrote.
“I ought to have acknowledged how what I mentioned and what I did may very well be interpreted by a lot of you. I deeply remorse my blindness to that notion, and for that I’m sorry.”