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Krauthammer’s Take: Voting Rights Decision Outrage Is ‘Classic Case Of Reactionary Liberalism’

Speaking on Special Report Tuesday night, Charles Krauthammer welcomed today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

“It’s a dagger in the heart of a bill that has succeeded,” said Krauthammer. “Its time has come and gone.” Krauthammer cited statistics that show that black voting rates are higher than white voting rates in five of the six southern states under scrutiny.

The ruling in no way takes away the right to bring suit against a state for discriminatory electoral practices, but simply removes the presumption of guilt that was previously exclusively reserved for these southern states.

However, the decision was met with outrage on the left, as many liberal pundits and politicians denounced the ruling as a major step backwards and an assault against the voting rights of minorities. Krauthammer rejected such criticisms as “a classic case of reactionary liberalism,” which fails to recognize that conditions are “radically different” today, and “some things have to change.”

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