Must-see morning clip: SCOTUS strikes down key section in Voting Rights Act

Stephen Colbert mocked Chief Justice John Roberts, who said things have "changed dramatically" in Jim Crow south

Published June 26, 2013 1:30PM (EDT)

Chief Justice John Roberts defended the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Section 4 of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, explaining on Tuesday that "Nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically" in the states that comprised the Jim Crow south.

"Yes, for some reason, since the Voting Rights Act was passed, things have changed dramatically!" said Colbert. "Therefore, we can get rid of it now. It's like those outdated labor laws that prohibit children from threading bobbins and a loom. A kid hasn't been sucked into one of those machines in years!" he joked.

By Prachi Gupta

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