WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — MSNBC host Al Sharpton called on Democratic voters to go to “war this summer” ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in which Republicans only need six seats to gain control of the Senate – which Sharpton said would be a “checkmate” over Democrats.
Speaking on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” on Wednesday, Sharpton said that “if there ever was a time we got to come out and vote in the midterm elections, it is this year.” He stressed the importance of this November’s elections as part of an ongoing battle for the country’s “direction.”
“It is war this summer, it’s a war in the direction of this country, and if you don’t know it – it’s because you’re not on the battlefield.”
Amid several polls showing Republicans with the lead over Democrats, Sharpton said that the establishment Republican Party “beat back the Tea Party” and has gone “all-in” to take back the U.S. Senate in the November elections – something they can do by picking up six seats.
“Six seats in the Senate – we are checkmated,” said Sharpton, although he did not directly specify the precise identity of the term “we.”
“If they get six Senate seats, Tom, they will be able to dominate both the House and the Senate,” said Sharpton.” Which means that President Obama will not be able to confirm anybody.”
Sharpton said that “everything we are fighting for,” along with Obama’s presidency, need to be protected from GOP intrusion.
He added that voter ID laws and other restrictions could keep many voters from both parties away from the polls on Election Day, or from registering at all.
Labeling it “Freedom Summer 2014,” Sharpton said he and the National Action Network will be working in ten states to register seniors and others with voter ID law issues.