Clinton Denounces ‘Phantom Epidemic’ of Voter Fraud

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Hillary Clinton's unconvincing hiatus from politics appears to be coming to an end. In a speech at the American Bar Association conference in San Francisco on Monday, Clinton criticized the Supreme Court for the "damage" caused by its recent decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act. In her sharpest political remarks since leaving office, Clinton went on to denounce a "sweeping effort to construct new obstacles to voting, often under cover of addressing a phantom epidemic of 'election fraud.'"

Clinton declared, "Anyone who says racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention," and urged former colleagues in Congress to fix "the hole opened up by the Supreme Court's ruling." Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama are all moving forward with new voter identification requirements, and on Monday North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory signed a similar measure.

While Clinton has been focused on writing her memoir about her time as secretary of State, and collecting massive speaking fees while discussing more inspirational topics, she said on Monday that voting rights is just the first of several policy issues she plans to address in the next few weeks. This fall she'll deliver addresses on government transparency and United States foreign policy – you know, average stuff for former government officials who definitely haven't decided to run for president.