All In host Chris Hayes quickly debunked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s boast that opponents of his state’s voter ID law should “look at the facts.”
“Alright, let’s look at the facts,” Hayes said. “There’s the fact that despite dire warnings of voter fraud, a Wisconsin federal district judge ruled that the law’s defenders — and I’m quoting — ‘could not point to a single instance of known voter impersonation occurring in Wisconsin at any time in the recent past.'”
Hayes’ quote, taken from an August 2014 ruling, took just 16 seconds to recite. The Nation’s Ari Berman noted, however, that the ruling was subsequently reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, despite the Wisconsin law being tougher than a voter ID law passed in Indiana.
According to Berman, the Wisconsin law could block 300,000 registered voters from taking part in next week’s state primaries — many of them students or people of color. Early voting lines have already stretched to the point of discomfort, a problem that Hayes said is expected to get worse.
“The thing I’m terrified [of] is, we’re gonna have one day in November where we’re gonna try to run the experiment with all these new lies without a certain section of the Voting Rights Act,” Hayes told Berman, before asking, “What’s gonna happen?”
“It’s gonna be much worse in November,” Berman replied.
Watch Hayes’ commentary and his interview with Berman, as aired on Friday, below.