Colorado state lawmaker says three-fifths compromise didn’t ‘impugn anyone’s humanity’


DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for saying a 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity.”

State Rep. Ron Hanks, who represents parts of Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park counties, was speaking on the House floor Thursday about legislation aimed at strengthening civics education. He was accidentally introduced as fellow Rep. Mike Lynch, then said, “Being called Mr. Lynch might be a good thing for what I’m about to say. No, just kidding.” Hanks then spoke about the Three-Fifths Compromise from 1787 that classified a slave as three-fifths of a person when apportioning taxes and states’ representation in Congress.

The Colorado Democratic Party called his comments “utterly despicable.” Hanks says video of his comments was manipulated to make a point he didn’t make.

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