President Bill Clinton ripped the Supreme Court’s conservative justices and Republicans pushing voter identification laws on Wednesday, accusing them of undermining civil rights. Clinton, speaking at an event at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, warned that some “would turn back the clock” on civil rights for short-term political gain. “Last year in one of the most radical departures from established legal decision-making in my lifetime the Supreme Court threw [The Voting Rights Act] out, or at least threw a very important provision of it out, and said ‘We don’t care what Congress found by 90 percent vote and we have no evidence to prove them wrong, but our opinion is they should not have extended the Voting Rights Act. And it sent a signal across the country,” he said.
The former president, who recently helped the Democratic National Committee kick off a push to expand voting rights, slammed voter ID laws pushed by Republicans in Texas and North Carolina as well, pointing out that Texas’s law allows for concealed carry gun permits to be used as valid identification but not college identification cards.
“We all know what this is about. This is a way of restricting the franchise after 50 years of expanding it,” he said.
“Here we’ve been working for 50 years, first to open up registration to everybody and secondly to try to convince them to be responsible enough to vote, and all of a sudden there are all these new barriers to voting to make it harder to vote,” Clinton continued.
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