Trump Campaign Allegedly Focusing Voter Suppression Efforts In Minority Areas
The Nevada State Democratic Party is accusing Donald Trump and his close advisor Roger Stone of trying to intimidate minority voters – and they’ve headed to court demand an injunction against their actions and an order banning either from rallying their supporters to poll watch on Election Day.
The Nevada State Democratic Party sued Trump, Stone and the Nevada Republican Party in the state’s federal court, accusing them of voter intimidation in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871.
The organization explains that Trump’s close campaign advisor Roger Stone’s company, Stop The Steal Inc., the Nevada Republican Party (NRP) and others are conspiring to threaten, intimidate and otherwise prevent minority voters in urban neighborhoods from voting in the 2016 election.
“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,” the party’s complaint states.
“While the official discussed communications strategies designed to decrease interest in voting, it has also become clear in recent weeks that Trump has sought to advance his campaign’s goal of ‘voter suppression’ by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation at Nevada polling places.”
The Nevada Democratic Party said Trump has encouraged his supporters who work in law enforcement to use their power to assist in “watching” Democratic-leaning communities and made countless statements about having people make sure “Crooked Hillary” doesn’t rig the election.
They describe Stone as someone with a, “history of engaging in voter intimidation, racist and misogynist hate speech, and incitement to violence. Stone has publicly called for the execution of Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and George Soros, among others. He has referred to Herman Cain as a “Mandingo,” to former presidential candidate Ben Carson as an “Uncle Tom,” and Representative Allen West as an “arrogant know-it-all negro.”
“Stone’s super PAC “Stop the Steal” is currently running a website called “StopTheSteal.org,” through which Stone is actively signing up Trump supporters to “volunteer” to fight “voter fraud,” according to the Dem’s court papers.
Further, his other organization named “Vote Protectors” recruited hundreds of volunteers to watch polling places.
“Plaintiffs are entitled to a declaration that the NRP, the Trump Campaign, Stone, Stop the Steal Inc., and their co-conspirators have violated the Ku Klux Klan Act,” the Democratic Party court docs state, “through their conspiracy to intimidate voters, and an injunction enjoining Defendants and others from any further activity to advance their conspiracy … which will prohibit them from funding, encouraging or otherwise supporting poll watching or monitoring activities or from questioning, interrogating or verbally harassing prospective voters.”
They are also seeking for the court order to be publicized to all law enforcement and election officials in advance of Election Day November 8.