All this talk of voter ID at the polls has some people scratching their heads wondering — what’s the big deal?
Bill Moyers guests this week, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, agree that the problem is this: The right is making it more difficult for people to vote — and it’s deliberate.
In fact a federal judge in Texas recently found that the state’s photo ID law was actually created to intentionally discriminate against black and Latino voters. That’s a blatant violation of the United States Constitution.
“We know that more than 600,000 registered voters will not be able to vote in this November’s election because they lack the photo ID required by the new Texas law,” Ifill says. So, why would anyone want to keep people from the polls on purpose?
That’s part of a longer story, which Ifill and Berman cover in their full interview with Bill. The short answer is this: There’s an effort underway to keep people from voting that tends to lean to the left in elections.
These efforts began after a Supreme Court decision last year in Shelby County v. Holder, which revoked an essential provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That decision has encouraged many states to try to impose restrictive voter ID laws, as well as limit registration and voting hours.
Berman — who closely covers voter suppression efforts — tells Bill here about “three crucial swing states in which there are new voting restrictions on the books.”
The right says it is imposing these restrictions because there is rampant voter fraud. The problem is, Berman and Ifill say, it is simply not true.
As Ifill puts it: “If you look at all of the data that’s been collected and analyzed by the best political scientists and social scientists, there is no evidence of statistically significant voter fraud. So you’ve created a system that disenfranchises millions of voters to try and solve a problem that you can’t prove exists.”
Trump threatened to disown Don Jr if he joined the military: report
On MSNBC Tuesday, Rachel Maddow reported that Mary Trump's upcoming tell-all book claims that President Donald Trump threatened to disown his eldest son if he joined the military.
"Our Uncle Rob, Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, told us, quote, 'any of them could be disowned at any time,'" said Maddow. "'Donny' — meaning Donald Trump Jr. — 'was going to join the Army or some bullsh*t like that, and Donald and Ivana told him if he did, they'd disown him in a second.'"
"The president threatening to disown his son if he joined the military," added Maddow. "Casts a shadow, looms a little bit over what we understand about his bizarre relationship with the military and his perception of their — their role in his administration."
CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.
"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."
"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."
‘The lifetime of lies and hideous behavior is finally catching up’: Trump ghostwriter Tony Schwartz
Art of the Deal ghostwriter/co-author Tony Schwartz isn't surprised by the facts included in the book about President Donald Trump by his niece. In fact, it only confirms what Schwartz said he discovered about Trump since they met.
While Schwartz said that he met Fred Trump Sr. in the late stages of Alzheimer's, he said that he learned about the elder Trump from his son, who "often acknowledged to me that [Fred Trump] was rough and tough and abusive and difficult. He wouldn't have used the word abusive because he wouldn't have been comfortable saying that, but it was the impression that I certainly took away."