Following the Supreme Court's disgraceful decision to strike down key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, The Daily Show's John Oliver gave them the treatment they deserved during his opening segment this Tuesday evening.
John Oliver opened tonight’s Daily Show slamming the Supreme Court overturning a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. Oliver broke down how the Supreme Court ruled against the strict scrutiny applied to certain states with a history of racial discrimination, declaring that the Supreme Court has created a huge hole in the Voting Rights Act “in the exact shape of John Roberts’ middle finger.”
Oliver highlighted how that particular provision has been used 74 times since 2000, and mocked Texas for waiting not two hours before it used the Supreme Court ruling to say its laws are going into effect right away.
Of course, now the issue is in the hands of Congress, but Oliver didn’t find much to be hopeful about there, seeing as how Congress can’t even get basic pieces of legislation done right. The farm bill died in the House, leading Oliver to ask, “Why would they poke the heartland right in the cornhole?” Liberals voted it down because it cost too little, conservatives voted it down because it cost too much. Oliver likened this to the story of Goldilocks, only instead of there being a third, rational bear, “the first two bears tear Goldilocks limb from limb and eat her!”
Here's more from Raw Story on Texas wasting no time being the first in line to take advantage of the court's ruling: John Oliver: It takes Texas less time to disenfranchise voters than to ‘barbecue a pig’:
Texas, one of the states subject to federal overview in the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5, began movement on voting restrictions just two hours after the court’s decision. “It takes Texas less time to disenfranchise minority voters than it does to barbecue a pig.”