WATCH: Rev. William Barber accuses Gov. McCrory of blocking black voters like 60’s era George Wallace
Appearing on MSNBC’s AMJoy, the Rev. William Barber tore into his home state’s Republicans for their attempts to disfranchise black voters by passing restrictive voter ID laws that were recently thrown out by a unanimous court panel.
Barber, best known for his Moral Monday protests in Raleigh, electrified the crowd and a national television audience during his Democratic National Convention speech in Philadelphia that almost turned the packed arena into a revival meeting.
Addressing the recently struck down law, Barber hammered at North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) for seeking a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the law can go back into effect before November’s election.
Pressed by host Joy Reid, Barber swatted away McCory’s statement that not reinstating the law would create “confusion” for voters come November.
“I think the Supreme Court will leave it like it is,” Barber explained. “This was a unanimous decision. The judge who wrote the decision actually dissented when we asked for a preliminary injunction. When she received the whole record, she reviewed it and saw that this was not disparate impact, but intentional discrimination.”
Calling the legislation “voter suppression laws,” Barber hearkened back to an earlier — and uglier — time.
“The suggestion that these jurists who are above reproach are involved in some kind of conspiracy, a partisan conspiracy, you know that sounds more like some of the things that George Wallace said back in the 60’s, rather than what a 21st century governor should be saying,” he stated.
Watch the video below via MSNBC: