Democrats in four states over the weekend filed lawsuits against GOP nominee Donald Trump and his ally Roger Stone for what the party said was “voter intimidation.”
Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog reported on Monday that Democrats in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Ohio had filed suits seeking to prevent voter intimidation by Stone’s “Stop the Steal” group.
Citing the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act, Democrats allege that state Republican parties and Trump are colluding with Stone to intimidate minority voters.
“The campaign of Donald J. Trump, Trump’s close advisor Roger J. Stone, Jr., Stone’s organization Stop the Steal Inc., the Republican Party of Pennsylvania (‘RPP’), and others are conspiring to threaten, intimidate, and thereby prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting in the 2016 election,” a complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party states. “The presently stated goal of the Trump Campaign, as explained by an unnamed official to Bloomberg News on October 27, is to depress voter turnout—in the official’s words: ‘We have three major voter suppression operations under way’ that target African Americans and other groups of voters.”
Democrats claim that Trump, Stone and the state Republican parties are in violation of the 1870s-era Ku Klux Klan Act, which outlaws private conspiracies from threatening voters.
Earlier this month, the Democratic National Committee also asked a judge to prevent the Republican Party from violating a consent decree that dates back to 1982. It forbids the RNC from engaging in voter intimidation.
“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),” Hasen writes of the state party lawsuits. “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.”
Trump has been the worst thing that ever happened to America. But in one positive way, he’s exposed all of his racists supporters, who won’t be able to go hide under rocks anymore after November 8. Make a note of all who supported him and even if you remain friendly, just know that they are not your friends.
Also, Trump fears Evan McMullin, a true American patriot who is whipping his orange-behind in Utah. So, the KKK has attacked him today as well.
A white supremacist leader who has donated to the campaign and is supporting Donald Trump has a new robocall in Utah targeting Evan McMullin, the upstart who could stop a Trump victory in the Beehive State.
McMullin poses a serious threat to Trump in Utah, where voters, many of whom are Mormon, have never fully warmed to the celebrity businessman’s candidacy.
The robocall beginning Monday seeks to sway Utah’s conservative religious electorate by highlighting McMullin’s personal life; after his parents divorced, his mother married a woman.
“Evan has two mommies,” the ad says. “His mother is a lesbian, married to another woman. Evan is OK with that.”
The ads also suggest McMullin is a “closet homosexual.”
McMullin, 40, who is not gay, has openly discussed his family life, telling the Salt Lake Tribune that he respects his mother’s new marriage. The CIA-operative-turned-congressional-aide also spoke about his own desire to start a family.
“My greatest aspiration is to be a husband and father,” he told the paper.