October 5, 2015

This is what the right wing pretends is our so-called "liberal media." Apparently the producers of Melissa Harris-Perry's show won't allow there to be a conversation about disenfranchising black voters without letting this guy have a seat at the table.

While discussing the recent change in Alabama voter ID laws, along with the state wanting to close 31 DMV offices that just happen to primarily be located in African American communities, guest host Dorian Warren asked guest and former RNC chair and Whites-Only Club member Katon Dawson what he thought of the move.

Here's what the audience was treated to after their other guest, Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, had already explained very clearly exactly what is going on with this latest move by Republicans.

WARREN: Katon, talk to me about what the strategy is here of the Republican controlled legislature and the agency responsible for closing these offices. This looks very suspicious.

DAWSON: It might look suspicious. I made a call into Alabama last night when we saw the topics and I asked a legislator there to give me the breakdown and what it was, and I will never waiver on “I believe you need an ID to vote.”

You need an ID to go into a courthouse. We've been over this. ID to get on the airport. I do think in Alabama's defense, they probably have the largest number, and you put it on the screen, of IDs that you can have, all the way down to travel ID, military ID. One thing we don't have is a school ID, so to their defense, there is a wide swath of identifications to have. I think all probably have a picture on them.

To me it might look suspect, but then again, so did the parks, so did the National Guard, so did everything else, so in defense, so these folks have to balance their budget. That's how I saw it. Other things will be out in the courts and will play out in the courts, and she's right. Any time you get in court it's litigious and time, but I still haven't seen any evidence yet that a lot of voter ID laws, from the number of people voting in the ballot boxes, has had that big an impact.

I haven't seen it yet. I haven't seen it in South Carolina.

Well, I'm so glad he cleared that up for everyone. I wonder just how many voters would have to be disenfranchised there before Dawson admitted it was a "problem," and by "problem" I mean this working exactly as they planned? I'm glad to see there has been a backlash to these maneuvers, but it doesn't excuse even a single person not being allowed to vote.

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