Evangelical Trump Operatives Caught Planning to Harvest Ballots in Churches and Block Legal Mail-In Voting
The Washington Post has obtained video from meetings of evangelical right wing supporters of President Donald Trump bragging about suppressing votes of college students, blocking legal mail-in voting and “harvesting ballots” during meetings of the Council for National Policy in Northern Virginia over three days in February and three in August.
“Ballot harvesting” is the collection and delivery of sealed absentee ballots from churches and other institutions.
Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition described his plan to use churches for ballot harvesting to help Trump:
Our organization is going to be harvesting ballots in churches. We’re going to be specifically going in not only to White evangelical churches, but into Hispanic and Asian churches, and collecting those ballots.
Council for National Policy executive committee president, Bill Walton, said the election was a “spiritual battle”:
This is a spiritual battle we are in. This is good versus evil. We have to do everything we can to win.
College dropout and founder of the racist group Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, hoped that college students would not be able to vote (voter suppression) because colleges were closing due to COVID-19:
So, please keep the campuses closed. Like, it’s a great thing.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official and the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, attacked legal mail-in voting:
Be not afraid of the accusations that you’re a voter suppressor, you’re a racist and so forth.
The Guardian explains why Adams might be called a “voter suppressor” and a “racist”:
Adams has led lawsuits against jurisdictions with large minority populations in an effort to purge voter rolls.
NBC News reports that Adams, a member of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, claims there is an “alien invasion” at the voting booth:
[H[e’s spent years suing counties to force them to purge their rolls and he’s published personal information online about thousands of registered voters he believes could have committed fraud...
Election officials say Adams is a one-man wrecking ball, claiming fraud where there is no evidence of it, while voters whose information he has published online take exception to being accused of felonies.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, advised the group to stop legal mail-in voting, which he deemed a “crisis”:
We need to stop those ballots from going out, and I want the lawyers here to tell us what to do. But this is a crisis that we’re not prepared for. I mean, our side is not prepared for.
Brent Bozell, founder of the right wing Media Research Center, claimed Democrats plan to “steal this election”: