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Holder: 'The Right to Vote is Under Siege'

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told NAACP members Monday at a luncheon that “The Republican Party has decided to lash itself to short-term political expediency and put itself on the wrong side of history." (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 11:02 AM

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder warned against voter suppression on Monday, telling NAACP members at a luncheon that “the right to vote is under siege,” Buzzfeed News reports.

“The Republican Party has decided to lash itself to short-term political expediency and put itself on the wrong side of history," he continued, adding that the leader of President Donald Trump's voter commission is a "fact-challenged zealot."

Holder, who served in former President Barack Obama’s administration, referred to the 1964 murders of three activists who were killed for registering black voters during his address to the roughly one thousand attendees.

“If we are to remain true to those who died to secure the right to vote, we must not fail,” he said. “It will not be easy. It will be long.”

NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell said in a statement last week that his organization will “fight back tooth and nail” against voter suppression.

“The slow dismantling of policies that support and undergird our nation’s civil rights laws and protection will neither be accepted nor tolerated by the NAACP. We plan to utilize our alliances with elected officials, Congressional Champions and our over 2200 membership units around the nation to fight back tooth and nail.”

Although the NAACP is a nonpartisan organization, Republicans were repeatedly described as the opposition. Trump, a Republican, declined an invitation to speak at the 108th Annual Convention being held in Baltimore, Md., this week.

"During his campaign, President Trump asked us 'what do you have to lose?' " Russell told the Associated Press after Trump turned down the invite. "We get the message loud and clear. The president's decision today underscores the harsh fact: We have lost — we've lost the will of the current administration to listen to issues facing the black community.”

He added, "When President Trump is ready to listen to us and the people we serve, we will be here.”

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