In a move that sounds suspiciously like he’s trying to encourage his rabid supporters to intimidate black voters, Donald Trump urged attendees at a Detroit rally on Friday to monitor polling places on election day to ensure everything is on the “up and up.”
The Republican nominee told his supporters:
‘You’ve been reading the same stories as I’ve been reading, so go to your place and vote. And then go pick some other place and go sit there with your friends and make sure it’s on the up and up.
‘Because you know what, that’s a big, big problem in this country and nobody wants to talk about it. So go and watch these polling places.’
According to the LA Times, Trump urged the mostly white crowd in Novi, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to monitor area polling places, which many civil rights groups interpret as using intimidation to prevent African-Americans from voting.
Donald Trump has been calling the system “rigged” over the course of his campaign, and last month told another mostly white crowd at a rally in Altoona, Pennsylvania that he was hiring law enforcement officers and poll sentinels to observe voting stations in the highly contested battleground state. Trump claimed that his enforcers would:
‘Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.’
Kenneth P. Vogel, writer for POLITICO, posted on Twitter about Trump’s call for Jim Crow era style intimidation of black voters.
‘Here’s the full Trump riff on voter fraud from this evening in Novi. Mich., in which he urges his supporter to monitor polling places.’
Here's the full Trump riff on voter fraud from this evening in Novi. Mich., in which he urges his supporter to monitor polling places. pic.twitter.com/S3Vt1TzOvW
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) September 30, 2016
Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star also weighed in on his Twitter feed:
‘There’s almost no subtlety here. Trump is calling on supporters to stand at polling stations in black areas and look suspiciously at people.
‘His advice makes zero sense as a solution to voter fraud (which is very rare). It only works as intimidation and delegitimization.
‘Trump has now warned about voter fraud while near Detroit and while referring to Philadelphia. What, let us think, do they have in common?’
Here’s the video of Trump’s entire speech in Novi courtesy of ABC15 Arizona.
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