Attorney General Eric Holder called Texas's voter ID law a “poll tax” today, in reference to the estimated 1.4 million voters, the majority of whom are black and Hispanic, who would be disenfranchised by the measure. With the Justice Department now battling the state in court over the law’s discriminatory implications, Nation writer Ari Berman spoke with Alex Wagner about why Texas won’t win this one.

—Zoë Schlanger