Hannity Shouting Match Over Voting Rights Act: 'The World's Changed!'
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is outdated. The provision was designed to stop voter discrimination and requires 15 states to seek federal permission before changing their voting laws.
Sean Hannity and Juan Williams engaged in a heated debate over the ruling. Williams disagreed with the court’s decision, saying, “The fact is just in the last election, […] the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act was used by the Justice Department, by the federal government to go into Texas and say that the way the state had been gerrymandering […] depressed the Latino vote.”
Sean Hannity interjected, added that it’s happening on both sides. Williams agreed, clarifying, “I think that the way the gerrymandering is working right now is that there’s distortion, it’s based on racial politics to keep the powerful in power.”
Hannity brought up the New Black Panther Party intimidating people with batons outside a polling location in 2008. Williams responded, “It was one guy standing out of a precinct in Philadelphia and you want to equate that with people who are being denied the right to vote? […] You want to talk history, Sean, let’s talk about people who were given literacy tests.”
“Juan, that doesn’t happen today. That’s what Justice Roberts was saying,” Hannity fired back. “Do you think in 1965 Barack Obama, a black American, could be elected president?”
When Williams answered, “of course not,” Hannity exclaimed, “So the world’s changed – my point! That’s Roberts’ point.”
Williams brought up the example of Texas again, which prompted Hannity to repeat the New Black Panther story. But Williams retorted, “Nobody ever said that they didn’t vote or felt intimidated, Sean! […] It was a black neighborhood, nobody even noticed the guy.”