Mitch McConnell is trending on Twitter.com for uttering a Freudian slip that many are considering racist.
The Senate Republican Minority Leader, 79, suggested Black voters aren't real Americans at a news conference on Wednesday after the voting rights bill died on the Senate floor.
Two Democrats - Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted with Republican senators to defeat the voting rights bill 52-48.
During the debate, McConnell accused Democrats of "fake hysteria" over their failed attempt to end the filibuster.
The Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would have ensured early voting, more drop boxes and mail-in ballots, etc.
When reporter Pablo Manríquez asked McConnell what he would say to Black voters who are concerned about access to voting, he replied:
"Well, the concern is misplaced. Because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."
He continued: "A recent survey, 94 percent of Americans thought it was easy to vote. This is not a problem. Turnout is up, biggest turnout since 1900... they're being sold a bill of goods to support a Democratic effort to federalize elections... this has been a Democratic Party goal for decades."