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Cokie Roberts: ‘What’s Going on With Voter Rights is Downright Evil’

On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, Cokie Roberts attacked the GOP’s recent slew of legislation increasing voting restrictions as “downright evil,” and argued that it threatened to undue the progress made since the civil rights movement.

“Having grown up in the deep south in the era of Jim Crow, the difference is dramatic,” Roberts said. “The fact that Andy Young was Mayor of Atlanta and John Lewis is a member of Congress from Georgia, is a great testament to the fact that when you do something like pass a voting rights bill, that it makes a difference.”

“Which is why, at the moment, what’s going on about voting rights, is downright evil,” Roberts continued. “Because it is something that really needs to keep going forward, not backward.”

The Supreme Court recently invalidated key portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, allowing a group of mostly southern states to pass legislation increasing requirements for voting without Justice Department approval, laws which many say are intended to keep minorities from voting.

Watch the full clip below, via ABC News:

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