Daily Show on fallout from Sup. Ct. striking down Voting Rights Act

The Daily Show’s Assif Mandvi, who I love, does a segment about the fallout from the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a key component of the Voting Rights Act, because in the opinion of the court racism is so six decades ago.


Mandvi goes to North Carolina to interview a Republican party official about recent legislation to combat “vote fraud.” The legislation was made possible by the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision.  Our own Jon Green has written about this legislation before – it’s legislation intended to stop Democrats, in this case college students, from voting.

What’s really sick is that the North Carolina GOP official admits that the “anti-voter-fraud” law is actually meant to disenfranchise people who vote for Democrats.

I will never understand why bad people agree to do these interviews.  Mandvi just destroys the guy, by letting him destroy himself.  Mandvi’s face throughout the interview is just priceless.

Mandvi also interviews civil rights hero, and Democratic Congressman, John Lewis:


NC GOP Official: Matter of fact, one of my best friends is…. black.

When I was a young man, you didn’t a call a black and black, you call him a negro. [Though it’s unclear from the audio if in fact he said the n-word instead of “negro”]

I had a picture one time of Obama sitting on a stump as a witch doctor, and I posted that on Facebook… I was just making fun of my white half of Obama, not the black half, and now you have a black person using the term “n*gger this” and “n*gger that” and it’s okay for them to do it.

Aasif: You know that we can hear you, right?

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28 Responses to “Daily Show on fallout from Sup. Ct. striking down Voting Rights Act”

  1. jeswfun says:

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  2. friv 2 says:

    The racists and supremacists and Dominionists don’t see anything wrong with their positions, nor in openly expressing them.the fact that such.

  3. SkippyFlipjack says:

    thanks for prompting me to waste five minutes.. on the positive side there are some reasonable comments there, among all the ‘Freedom of speech !!!!’ and ‘what’s wrong, he was just speaking the truth’ nonsense

    I like the ‘freedom of speech!!’ remarks best. It’s funny when the people who think they stand “for the Constitution” don’t really understand the first thing about how our system of government works.

  4. Hue-Man says:

    When I was learning to use my slide rule, my mother taught me never to venture into the comments section – except for Americablog – but I blithely scrolled down from the TPM linked story at WRAL.com. http://www.wral.com/gop-official-fired-after-daily-show-flap-/13034190/

    It’s like the TeaParty/GOP wingnuts in the House had gone on a drinking binge and were telling the World what they really think – no dog whistles at WRAL.com, just outright hate and ignorance. I could just see all those old white men sitting in their lawn-chairs shouting their comments to their great-grandchildren who had to type them on the website….

  5. BeccaM says:

    What’s funnier: I’m pretty sure Don Yelton had no idea Aasif Mandvi is Indian, not African American.

  6. karmanot says:

    My guess is that Texas women will have their day, either at the ballot box or in the home front and it’s gonna get hot!

  7. karmanot says:

    And the classic: “Wahi, my best friend is, you know, a Negra.”

  8. lynchie says:

    They are becoming more and more emboldened to spit their racism out. All the racist attacks on Obama went unchallenged. The media never questions a bigot or digs deeper and this encourages confederate flags, TP loons, racist Cruz supporters and it then becomes mainstream. Palin should have been told to STFU long ago but she was treated as some kind of sex doll with insightful opinions on every aspect of americal internal and external policies. Nice the Daily Show parodied this bigot but nothing will changed until he is called out.

  9. BeccaM says:

    “How to end a career in just one short interview…” lol

  10. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Apparently the guy just resigned under pressure.. that was quick


  11. Outspoken1 says:

    I’m so embarrassed by our national Supreme Court!

  12. BeccaM says:

    Well, it kinda is better when they’re honest about it. Rather than the usual, “I’m not a racist, but…(insert some incredibly racist remark here, with projection optional).”

  13. BeccaM says:

    It always boggles me when people can’t make that teeny intuitive step to realize the difference between an assertion of some fact and a deliberate attempt to insult, bully, and pick a fight.

    These are the same ones who didn’t see anything wrong with screaming “fag” at some kid either.

  14. NCMan says:

    You know why it doesn’t bother him to say the legislation is intended to disenfranchise democrats? Because it is totally LEGAL to disenfranchise by political party.

  15. Zorba says:

    Actually, in the grander scheme of things, they are even worse than the KKK because they are more effective.
    Yes, the KKK were terrorists, and they frightened people and did even kill in their earlier days.
    But the Tea Party is engaged in trying to tear down the entire government and installing their own brand of extreme right-wing, lunatic, Christianist form of government. They are far more dangerous, because they have far more followers than the KKK. They have managed to convince way too many idiot Americans to buy into their platform.
    And I am convinced that this is largely due to racism, and the fact that they cannot stand the fact that we have a black President.
    Look, I was never an Obama supporter, because I think that he is way more conservative than any Democrat should be (while acknowledging that the Democrats have moved way farther to the right than they used to be; but then, I am a long-time way-leftie-Liberal). And I also think that the right-wing would not be happy with him even if he was a white man. But the fact that he is black (mixed race, actually, but it’s all the same to them) drives them absolutely up the wall.
    If the same policies had been enacted by a white Republican, they might have complained about a few things, but we would not be seeing these extreme reactions.

  16. ArthurH says:

    For these people, free speech is shouting n****r into the face of a black person and “F*g” into the face of a gay person. Having those people respond in kind is uncalled for.

  17. ArthurH says:

    Old habits and bigotries are hard to shake. I remember being at a convention when one attendee couldn’t wait to share an article in the local newspaper. It concerned an office machine service guy in white shirt and tie stopping between jobs to get a cold can of soda between jobs. Some local teen punks noticed him walking to the store. The leader yelled, “Hey n****r!” Not getting a response, he yelled it a few more times. Then he and his four cohorts ran out and surrounded the guy. “Don’t you answer when called, n****r?” the leader said. “It’s not nice to be disrespectful of your elders,” the guy replied. But feeling he had numbers on his side, the head punk shoved the guy saying the n-word again. It was then the punks discovered the guy had earlier been in the Green Berets. He quickly took out the leader and his chief lieutenant and the other punks ran for their lives. About a half dozen of us chuckled at how some insolent punks got the tables turned on them. But one fellow in our midst didn’t get it. “Why did he get upset? After all he should by now realize he is a n****r,” this fellow said. The rest of us looked at him funny. “Well he was a n****r,” the fellow shrugged before slinking off. They just don’t get that times have moved on and they are out of step. Most of these people will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 20th Century before we can get them into the 21st Century.

  18. usagi says:

    There’s also the element that saying this is an overall plus in their district. There seems to be a misunderstanding around how members of the House are elected. They don’t have to care about anyone’s opinion except the voters in their district. The fact that they’re hated by liberals outside the district for daring to be the Brave Hero running against Political Correctness run amuck by Big Government bent on curtailing your Personal Freedoms is a plus, not a minus.

  19. Monoceros Forth says:

    “And you are not racist?”

  20. BeccaM says:

    Same deal in Texas: They’ve admitted the purpose of their “name must match 100%” is to disenfranchise married women voters — because the demographic tends to vote Democrat.

    And to expand upon what other commenters have said: Avowed racists don’t see there’s anything wrong — factually or morally — with their position. Believe me, I know, having grown up with a father so racist he joined the Birchers because, in his words, “The Klan’s a bunch of p*ssies, hiding their faces under bedsheets like that.”

    The racists and supremacists and Dominionists don’t see anything wrong with their positions, nor in openly expressing them.

  21. rudolf schnaubelt says:

    and lack self awareness

  22. Drew2u says:

    They still can’t get over their grandpappies lost the War of Southern Arrogance, can they.

  23. iamlegion says:

    And Teabaggers _still_ get upset when they get compared to the KKK.

  24. Andreas says:

    We did know this as there was the AG in PA who also admitted it on the news that they were going to give the election to Romney via their Voter ID law they were trying to pass but they didn’t.

  25. gaylib says:

    I am so embarrassed to be from NC

  26. nicho says:

    [Though it’s unclear from the audio if in fact he said the n-word instead of “negro”]

    A lot of southerners used to (maybe they still do) kind of slur their speech and say “nigra,” so they could get the benefit of using the n-word and still claim that all they said was “negro.”

  27. nicho says:

    Yes, they’ve lost their moral compass.

  28. Drew2u says:

    “I will never understand why bad people agree to do these interviews.”

    Because they genuinely believe what they’re doing is not evil.

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