Both the Donald Trump presidential campaign and top Trump ally Roger Stone have just been hit with lawsuits over allegedly practicing “voter intimidation.”
As NBC News reports, “Democrats are suing the Trump campaign, Trump ally Roger Stone, and four state Republican parties, alleging illegal voter intimidation.”
The report goes on to describe the lawsuit – or, rather, lawsuits – in more detail:
‘The four lawsuits, filed Monday, charge that state parties in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania are teaming up with the Trump campaign and Stone to raise unfounded fears about voter fraud and intimidate minority voters. The lawsuits cite the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, which aim to prevent voter intimidation.’
The Nevada lawsuit reads in part:
‘The campaign of Donald J. Trump, Trump’s close advisor Roger J. Stone, Jr., Stone’s organization Stop the Steal Inc., the Nevada Republican Party (“NRP”), and others are conspiring to threaten, intimidate, and thereby prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting in the 2016 election.’
These lawsuits hardly popped out of thin air. The Trump camp has been beating the rigged election drum for most of the preceding weeks, getting all the more louder as the Republican’s presidential hopes have been slipping away.
Thus, Trump and his fellow rally speakers have spent rally after rally hyping up crowds with outlandish claims that Hillary Clinton has already been predetermined as the winner of the presidential race.
In a recent case, Trump sent out his supporters with a mission – vote twice to make sure that their vote counts and isn’t changed to be one for Clinton.
As Vice News reports that Trump told a Colorado rally crowd:
‘You can check on your ballot to make sure it’s counted properly. You can go to [Greeley voting location] University Center and they’ll give you a ballot, a new ballot. They’ll void your old ballot and give you a new ballot. And you can go out and make sure it gets in.’
The Republican presidential nominee was literally encouraging his supporters to vote twice – something which is obviously illegal – all in the name of fighting the supposed rigging of the election.
There, however, remains absolutely zero evidence of any such election tampering, an effort which would require an absolutely massive manipulation of the highly complex and protected American electoral system, something which expert after expert – including, for example, Jimmy Carter – asserts is effectively impossible.
It’s not just rhetoric on Trump’s part, though.
On multiple occasions, the presidential candidate has used his position to encourage his supporters to form roving bands of poll watchers whose mission is to keep voters from forging votes as part of the anti-Trump conspiracy supposedly being staged by interests backed by the Clinton campaign.
These deceptively-named poll watchers about which Trump and his inner circle have often droned on and on about amount to voter intimidation squads, something which is the only real source of election rigging- since voters are intimidated by the possibility of encountering one of Trump’s bigotry crazed thugs.
Roger Stone is involved in these activities through organizing “Stop the Steal,” an organization referenced in the Nevada lawsuit excerpt featured above. Stone’s organization’s “About” page describes those who volunteer for Stop the Steal as being dispatched to local polling stations to “monitor” voting in an effort to ensure that votes are not forged.
As for any real hamper on these disturbing activities because of these lawsuits, Rick Hasen, a leading election law scholar, wrote Monday, as quoted by NBC:
‘It is not clear that a court would issue a vague order to stop ‘voter intimidation,’ as requested in the relief in these suits (as that term would be vague and difficult to enforce). But the suits will first bring publicity to the activities, and second get these parties on record stating that they do not plan on engaging in voter intimidation, which itself could be useful in the event of problems on election day.’
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