Trump Tries To Suppress Voting With Threat Of ‘Maximum Criminal Penalties’
President Donald Trump is trying to suppress voting by threatening “maximum criminal penalties” for near nonexistent voter fraud, a tactic that Republicans have been using since the presidential election of Barack Obama in 2008 (video below):
Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting). Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2018
Trump falsely claimed that “millions of people” voted illegally in the 2016 election and created a voter fraud commission, which was shut down in January, noted Mother Jones.
Republicans have used widespread voter suppression and gerrymandering to rig the vote since Obama’s election in 2008, notes a new documentary by American Issues Initiative.