Chris Matthews: Voter ID is an ‘assault on black America’

Requiring a picture identification card as a condition of voting is “unforgettable” and “unforgiveable,” and a blatant hit at black America, said MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews.

In a recent broadcast, Mr.Matthews closed his program with remarks about Pennsylvania’s voter ID laws — which are currently the subject of a state court challenge.

He said, Newsbusters reported: “I think the hearings this week up in Pennsylvania tell a huge story. They show how Republicans view voter suppression as their ticket to success. … Forty-one states had voter suppression bills introduced by Republicans last year. Do you think people are going to forget which party wanted them to be shut out from their democratic rights?”

He then wrapped: “Well, this effort by the Republican Party across the country — countenanced by RNC chair Reince Priebus — is an assault on black America that’s historic, that’s deliberate, that’s unforgettable and, you could say, unforgiveable.”

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