The Supreme Court’s decision earlier this morning to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act immediately brought on a media hailstorm. Liberal pundits and politicians took to Twitter and cable news to condemn the decision and bemoan America’s abolition of all voting rights. Here we have nine of the funniest overreactions to the decision:
No. 9: Joy Reid of MSNBC and TheGrio.com questioned Justice Clarence Thomas’s commitment to civil rights, sarcastically tweeting:
Next up: Clarence Thomas declares we no longer need the 13th Amendment! #waitforit— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) June 25, 2013
No. 8: Tweeting immediately after the decision was released, MSNBC host Chris Hayes found himself “physically enraged” by the ruling. Not usually a critic of judicial overreach, Hayes tweeted:
One of the most stunning exercises in “judicial activism” ever.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 25, 2013
No. 7: In a statement, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont declared that the court’s decision has “has turned back the clock on equality in America.” Sanders went on to insinuate that Americans are just as at risk of discrimination now as they were fifty years ago, saying that “the law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws.”
No. 6: Reporting on the decision from in front of the Supreme Court, ABC’s Terry Moran exaggerated the ruling just a little, saying: “Right now there is no Voting Rights Act operative in the United States.”
No. 5: Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis said to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that today’s ruling “stabbed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in its very heart” and speculated that it may take 100 years to fix.
No. 4: Perhaps MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry put it best when she tweeted out that the Supreme Court has essentially revoked citizenship for millions of Americans:
Damn, that citizenship thing was so great for awhile.— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) June 25, 2013
No. 3: Writing for The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen explained at length his outrage, comparing the ruling today to two of the worst decisions in American history:
the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County is one of the worst in the history of the institution. As a matter of fact, and of law, it is indefensible. It will be viewed by future scholars on a par with the Court’s odious Dred Scott and Plessy decisions and other utterly lamentable expressions of judicial indifference to the ugly realities of racial life in America.
No 2: Minnesota state representative Ryan Winkler tweeted out his criticism of the decision, writing that the ruling will “abet racism.” He also called the four white conservative votes “accomplices to race discrimination” while referring to Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Thomas.” Winkler soon deleted the offensive tweet, commenting that he didn’t realize “Uncle Tom” was an offensive term. Fortunately for us, Andrew Kraczynski of BuzzFeed saved the tweet before it was deleted.
No 1: How can you beat Al Sharpton? Just half an hour after the decision, Sharpton said on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. that the Supreme Court “just cancelled the dream” of Martin Luther King: