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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Worked to Suppress Black Votes

HeadlineNov 29, 2018

The Senate has voted to advance Thomas Farr’s nomination for a lifetime federal judgeship in eastern North Carolina. Vice President Mike Pence broke the 50-50 tie after Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona joined Democrats in voting against the former protégé of Jesse Helms. Civil rights groups widely condemned the vote. This is Rev. Dr. William Barber, who spoke to Democracy Now! Monday about Farr’s nomination.

Rev. Dr. William Barber: “Thomas Farr is connected to white nationalism, connected to Jesse Helms. He has been at the forefront of every racist voter suppression law that’s been pushed in this state the last 25 years, and he has lost.”

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