An Ohio Democrat Representative arrested at a protest has compared her own suffering for her cause to that of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., according to Breitbart News.
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) was arrested in the Hart Senate Office Building by Capitol Police led a protest into the building after leading a protest into the building.
Beatty, however, made a comment on SiriusXM Urban View’s The Joe Madison Show, comparing herself to MLK, saying the arrest was made “because it’s about voting rights,” adding that “voting rights is our power.”
“This was in the same spirit that Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis and others marched, sang, protested, and what happened? They got America’s attention,” Beatty told host Joe Madison. “More people started joining them.”
The Ohio elected official said that she believed the protest was “important” for the people to be able to “demonstrate our power” and to “educate the American people that this is a big issue, especially for those of us who are the most disenfranchised and demonstrated against.”
Beatty also called her arrest “ironic” and said, “we were arrested quickly for violating the rule that it was illegal to protest as we were doing after being warned to stop.”
The Ohio lawmaker is one of many Democrats across the state up in arms about voter integrity laws and the American people are facing the choice of who’s to side with.
Beatty is also the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to Breitbart, which is a group that has been whipped into a frenzy about voting ID and location laws that have been touted as decreasing minority access.