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Rachel Maddow Challenges House GOP to Prove It's Not Racist and Save Voting Rights Act: VIDEO


After yesterday's blow to the Voting Rights Act by SCOTUS, Rachel Maddow looked at the chances to save it in Congress, recalling the bill's reauthorization by George W. Bush and the unanimous Senate vote to do so.

CourtThat same year, House Republicans led by Paul Broun attempted to kill the bill but were blocked by Rep. John Lewis.

Asked Maddow:

“So which is it now, Republican party? Are you Paul Broun, stuttering and apologizing and saying you never meant any offense? Taking it back? Or are you Paul Broun introducing a stealth amendment in the middle of the night trying to kill the Voting Rights Act? Are you every single Republican in the United States Senate voting to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, standing proudly by with your Republican president, as he signs it? Or are you the 33 House Republicans who that same year voted no, voted to kill the Voting Rights Act?”

Later Rep. Lewis joined Rachel to express his sadness at having to fight this all over again.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I really hope that by some miracle Congress gets it together for this one, but I have less than zero faith that they will.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 26, 2013 7:44:59 AM

  2. This passed unanimously in the Senate and had only a few no votes in the House that last time it was renewed but that was an entirely different political mindset.

    Leahy on the Judiciary announced that the Senate would be taking it up right away.

    The best way to get results for this is with contact to your House rep by direct contact. They have to hear from us.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 26, 2013 10:07:19 AM

  3. The only thing which has changed is that the law doesn't single out certain counties for PRIOR review. If a jurisdiction passes an illegal voting law or practice, it's still against the law. Will you titty babies please grow up?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 26, 2013 11:45:43 AM

  4. @David Hearne
    And be so unknowingly privileged like you?

    Ever have to stand in line for 3 hours to vote because your poling station only has 2 voting machines, David?
    Ever have to pass a poling test?
    Ever had to travel to the county seat to register to vote and then be told that the registrar was only available a few hours a month and their work schedule wasn't set in advance? And hear the racist comments as you walked away?
    Ever had your district lines redrawn so that no one representing your views could be elected?

    This is just a few examples of the kind of tricks that section 4 prohibited by understanding that PRIOR offenders when unchallenged do this and worse. Prior recognized offenders had to have preclearance to do those things. Now with section 4 gone they can do these things and those disenfranchised have to wait for a court case to progress while these changes are in effect.

    Can your white privileged brain process the difference David?

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 26, 2013 1:05:56 PM

  5. This is not about history; it's about the present day. From Pa. to Az. laws that, by design and intent, make it more difficult for non-whites to vote have passed Republican control legislatures with no other purpose than to make voting burdensome.

    Posted by: Carlie | Jun 26, 2013 2:54:47 PM

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