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GOP Sen. James Lankford Apologizes to Black Voters For Contesting Election Results

GOP Sen. James Lankford Apologizes to Black Voters For Contesting Election Results

When a number of Republican senators decided to oppose the election, there were few surprises. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz supported Trump out of ambition. Others, like Marsha Blackburn and Tommy Tuberville are true believers of the Trump cause. One name that did stick out, though, was Oklahoma senator James Lankford.

View of American politician Senator James Lankford as he listens to testimony during a Senate Subcommittee on Appropriations hearing, Washington DC, June 13, 2017. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Shortly after the election, Lankford was one of the first Republicans to say that Joe Biden should receive intelligence briefings. But just months later, he changes his tuned. And he’s seemingly changed his mind again. On Friday, Lankford posted a letter apologizing to black voters for challenging the results.

Lankford noted that his actions could be seen as disenfranchising voters of colors. He wrote in the letter published by the Tulsa World, “My action of asking for more election information caused a firestorm of suspicion among many of my friends, particularly in Black communities around the state.”

The letter continued, “I can assure you, my intent to give a voice to Oklahomans who had questions was never also an intent to diminish the voice of any Black American. I should have recognized how what I said and what I did could be interpreted by many of you. I deeply regret my blindness to that perception, and for that I am sorry.”

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You can read the entire letter from the Tulsa World here

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