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updated 7/17/2013 6:16:00 PM ET 2013-07-17T22:16:00

"This effort by the Republican party across the country -- countenanced by RNC chair Reince Priebus, is an assault on black America that's historic, that's deliberate, that's unforgettable -- and, you could say, unforgivable," says Chris Matthews.

Let me finish tonight with this.

I think the hearings this week up in Pennsylvania tell a huge story. They show how Republicans view voter suppression as their ticket to success.

Here you have a party chairman saying that merely the attention given to a voter photo ID requirement — even one that the court set aside – cut in half President Obama’s margin of victory in the state.

Forty-one states had voter suppression bills introduced by Republicans last year. Do you think people are going to forget which party wanted them to be shut out from their democratic rights?

Do you think parents might be telling their teenage children — perhaps on the verge of voting for the first time — to remember who wants them to vote and who doesn’t?

This effort by the Republican party across the country — countenanced by RNC chair Reince Priebus, is an assault on black America that’s historic, that’s deliberate, that’s unforgettable — and, you could say, unforgivable.

Keep your eye on this one.

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