Trump top adviser: ‘Traditionally, it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes’

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I went to r/conservative and responded to a guy that said democrats are going to use illegal voters. I pointed out in the past the best plan for conservatives would be suppressing votes. I got banned. The safest of spaces on reddit are right wing subreddits.

papajustify99

And also the Russian hack efforts from 2016 will be repeated. Here’s what they did for Trump…

1. Break into election servers that hold the active voter rolls, and flip thousands of regular Blue voters to “inactive” even though they vote in key swing districts every time. The introductory hack was widely reported, with the claim that nothing was done. But that first hack was to learn the system, so that subsequent entries, where they DID do something, would be undetectable.

2. Election day arrives, and these voters are told that they’re not on the active list. “Really? But I vote every time. I want to vote!” Then the clueless election worker says: “That’s okay. You can just vote on this *provisional ballot*.” It may never occur to the voter that this provisional ballot, which looks just like a normal ballot, might not be counted, so they go through the “voting” process, and get their sticker, then go home thinking that they voted….but did they?

3. Thousands of provisional ballots are tossed, or otherwise not counted, especially in States run by Republicans bent on suppressing Blue Votes.

This also explains why the exit polling, which showed Clinton winning, was so off. Many of the people polled didn’t realize that they really hadn’t just voted.

BobbyVolcano

One of President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offense” in 2020 due to relaxed Election Day rules, according to an audio recording of a private event obtained by The Associated Press.

“Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trump’s re-election campaign, said at the event. “Let’s start protecting our voters. We know where they are. … Let’s start playing offense a little bit. That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program.”

Asked about the remarks by AP, Clark said he was referring to false accusations that the GOP engages in voter suppression.

“As should be clear from the context of my remarks, my point was that Republicans historically have been falsely accused of voter suppression and that it is time we stood up to defend our own voters,” Clark said. “Neither I nor anyone I know or work with would condone anyone’s vote being threatened or diluted and our efforts will be focused on preventing just that.”

Clark made the comments Nov. 21 in a meeting of the Republican National Lawyers Association’s Wisconsin chapter. Attendees included the state Senate’s top Republican, Scott Fitzgerald, along with the executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Audio of the event at a country club in Madison obtained by the liberal group American Bridge was provided to AP by One Wisconsin Now, a Madison-based liberal advocacy group.

The roughly 20-minute audio offers an insider’s glimpse of Trump’s re-election strategy, showing the campaign is focusing on voting locations in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which form the the so-called “blue wall” of traditional Democratic strength that Trump broke through to win in 2016. Both parties are pouring millions of dollars into the states, anticipating they’ll be just as critical in the 2020 presidential contest.

Republican officials publicly signaled plans to step up their Election Day monitoring after a judge in 2018 lifted a consent degree in place since 1982 that barred the Republican National Committee from voter verification and other “ballot security” efforts. Critics have argued the tactics amount to voter intimidation.

The consent decree was put in place after the Democratic National Committee sued its Republican counterpart, alleging the RNC helped intimidate black voters in New Jersey’s election for governor. The federal lawsuit claimed the RNC and the state GOP had off-duty police stand at polling places in urban areas wearing armbands that read “National Ballot Security Task Force,” with guns visible on some.

Without acknowledging any wrongdoing, the RNC agreed to the consent decree, which restricted its ability to engage in activities related to ballot security. Lifting of the consent decree allows the RNC to “play by the same rules” as Democrats, said RNC communications director Michael Ahrens.

“Now the RNC can work more closely with state parties and campaigns to do what we do best, ensure that more people vote through our unmatched field program,” Ahrens said.

Although the consent decree forced the Trump campaign to conduct its own poll monitoring in 2016, the new rules will allow the RNC to use its multi-million dollar budget to handle those tasks and coordinate with other Republican groups on Election Day, Clark said. State directors of election day operations will be in place in Wisconsin and every battleground state by early 2020, he said.

In 2016, Wisconsin had 62 paid Trump staff working to get out the vote; in 2020, it will increase to around 100, Clark said.

Trump supports the effort, he said in the audio recording.

“We’ve all seen the tweets about voter fraud, blah, blah, blah,” Clark said. “Every time we’re in with him, he asks what are we doing about voter fraud? What are we doing about voter fraud?’ The point is he’s committed to this, he believes in it and he will do whatever it takes to make sure it’s successful.”

Clark said Trump’s campaign plans to focus on rural areas around mid-size cities like Eau Claire and Green Bay, areas he says where Democrats “cheat.” He did not explain what he meant by cheating and did not provide any examples.

“Cheating doesn’t just happen when you lose a county,” Clark said. “Cheating happens at the margin overall. What we’re going to be able to do, if we can recruit the bodies to do it, is focus on these places. That’s where our voters are.”

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Wisconsin.

“If there’s bad behavior on the part of one side or the other to prevent people from voting, this is bad for our democracy,” Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in reaction to Clark’s comments. “And frankly, I think will whoever does that, it will work to their disadvantage. It will make them look, frankly, stupid.”

Wisconsin’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, represented the Democratic National Committee in a 2016 New Jersey lawsuit that argued the GOP was coordinating with Trump to intimidate voters. Kaul argued then that Trump’s campaign “repeatedly encouraged his supporters to engage in vigilante efforts” in the guise of ferreting out potential voter fraud. The Republican Party disputed any coordination.

“It is vital that Wisconsinites have free and fair access to the polls, and that we protect the security and integrity of our elections,” Kaul said in a statement in reaction to Clark’s comments. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice has been and will continue working with other agencies to protect our democratic process.”

Mike Browne, deputy director of One Wisconsin Now, said Clark’s comments suggest the Trump campaign plans to engage in “underhanded tactics” to win the election.

“The strategy to rig the rules in elections and give themselves an unfair partisan advantage goes to Donald Trump, the highest levels of his campaign and the top Republican leadership,” Browne said. “It’s clear there’s no law Donald Trump and his right-wing machine won’t bend, break or ignore to try to win the presidency.”

TommyKnotts313

What can be done by liberal activist groups to limit voter suppression in 2020?

GravyGiraffe

That is how Trump won. Not by talking to rust belt coal miners.

“According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.”

“More than 80 voting machines in Detroit malfunctioned on Election Day, officials say, resulting in ballot discrepancies in 59% of precincts that raise questions about the reliability of future election results in a city dominated by Democratic and minority voters.”

8to24

After Impeachment, More Than Half Of Voters Want Senate To Call Witnesses At Trial, Remove Trump From Office, Poll Says

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Newsweek site is an abomination of ads so here you go

> According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, the majority of American voters surveyed want President Donald Trump to be removed from office via a Senate vote—and they also want the Senate trial to call witnesses.

>The results say that 51 percent of Americans approve of the Senate removing Trump from office. The poll also showed 52 percent agreeing with the House’s impeachment of the president, while 42 percent disapprove.

>Meanwhile, 54 percent of those surveyed want senators to call additional witnesses, a measure senate Republicans and Mitch McConnell oppose, but Democrats and independents have said they want.

>Along party lines, 66 percent of Democrats want witnesses called, while 51 percent of independents agree. The result among Republicans is more evenly split, with 43 percent wanting witnesses and 39 percent opposing.

>Fifty-two percent of those polled believe the president’s Ukrainian dealings represented an abuse of power and an attempt to influence the 2020 election, while 38 percent believe he was acting within his power as president.

>When asked who should hold the responsibility of removing Trump from office, 41 percent said voters should remove the president, while 43 percent said it was Congress’ duty.

> As for media representation, 58 percent of those polled say they’ve heard “a lot” about the impeachment.

Edit: Added the last paragraph that was hidden by previously mention horribly placed ads. I hate you Newsweek

ieatthings

>66 percent of Democrats want witnesses called

How is this number so low? It should be much higher.

bocasdt

51% up from 45, its creeping back up and will only continue to rise

thenewyorkgod

How does anyone prefer no witnesses at a trial? So they know the witnesses would prove his guilt but they still don’t want him impeached? I’m so confused by whatever is going on through the Trump supporter mind. It must be hell.

RandomUsername13579

We want them to do their job, basically

sortofzach

Trump Accuses Pelosi Of Quid Pro Quo And Proves He Doesn’t Know What It Means

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How anyone can think of this guy as anything but a moron is beyond me.

Oscarfan

Typical for Trump:

> “No puppet. No Puppet, NO YOU’RE THE PUPPET.”

(Trump to Clinton during the last presidential debate after being accused of being Putin’s puppet)

Agnos

This was hilarious. Did anyone see the numbnuts who posted that Federalist article echoing Trump’s claim in all its incorrect glory?

He’s like a child, screaming back words he doesn’t understand at people doing things he doesn’t like. And a supposed newspaper allegedly practicing journalism repeated it, like a second idiot child.

These times, man.

PlayfulIllithid

He also doesn’t know what “hoax” means and so many other words he uses daily.

Let’s make a list, Reddit.

Words Donald Trump doesn’t understand:

Hoax

Impeach

ieatthings

No, Trump knows what he’s doing here. This is a classic Trump tactic; use a word loosely, inaccurately, so eventually its meaning is muddied and to the casual observer they don’t know what it means and it just looks like two people pointing at each other screaming latin phrases.

It’s like taking the word “collusion” and saying, “If you think about it, the President works with foreign leaders all the time! The president colludes with the the leaders of Canada and Britain and other trading partners. Colluding is fine!” The goal is to empty the word of meaning so that it can mean whatever the listener wants it to mean.

LittleBalloHate

Trump Adviser Caught On Tape: Voter Suppression Key To GOP Battleground Efforts

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Cheaters and traitors the lot of ’em.

Something really needs to happen to punish the GOP.

all4reddit

We desperately need Election Day to be a recognized, national holiday with mandatory time away work to vote approved to every citizen in the country. Course if we had that the GOP would be in serious trouble, which is why they historically have fought any attempts to establish such a holiday. The GOP cannot stay in power playing fair and they know it.

mycatisblackandtan

If I were rich, I would love to go to a low rate voter state, and hire a phalanx of lawyers who specialize in election law *and* lottery law for that state.

Then I would fund a **$1M lottery prize to be randomly drawn from the rolls of voters who participated in the last election.**

Put out some ads prior to the voter registration cutoff and then again election day. Then hype the hell out of the winner.

Americans have mixed feelings and uneven commitment to voting. But they fucking LOVE a lottery, especially where it costs nothing to win. It would be covered by every news outlet.

Of course, it would probably get a lot of legal pushback, too, but it would drive up voter participation by a LOT.

sezit

This should disqualify him from even being able to run again. Trump and his minions have put a spotlight on the need to address situations like this in the constitution. The founding fathers didn’t realize that there needed to be laws in place to protect from the corruption of all three government branches at the same time. It’s clear we can no longer assume *anyone* has the best interests of the country in mind when elected or appointed to positions of power.

crankshaft216

This is how Republicans win. While various Progressives wage war against their own over the most perfect candidate Republicans are fixing to ensure votes won’t get cast regardless. Voter suppression it the whole game. Not how we talk to rust belt factory workers.

“According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.”

” More than 80 voting machines in Detroit malfunctioned on Election Day, officials say, resulting in ballot discrepancies in 59% of precincts that raise questions about the reliability of future election results in a city dominated by Democratic and minority voters.”

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Leaked audio: Trump adviser says Republicans ‘traditionally’ rely on voter suppression

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Holy this is crazy.

> **One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offence” in 2020 due to relaxed Election Day rules, according to an audio recording of a private event obtained by The Associated Press**.

> “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trump’s re-election campaign, said at the event. “Let’s start protecting our voters. We know where they are. … Let’s start playing offence a little bit. That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program.”

nnnarbz

Retired in 2017, became interested in US politics mostly because of Trump and have learned a lot but the first thing I learned is that republicans cannot win unless they cheat.

canuckcowgirl

In a normal country this would be a scandal, instead of just someone saying out loud the thing we already knew to be true.

strolpol

Time to reinstate the Voting Rights Act.

Purchased_mods

>We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did

Mayor_Rudy_Giuliani

George Conway’s new nickname for Trump starts trend: ‘IMPOTUS’

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Damn it George, that’s actually really good

derp_mike

“That f***ing Conway boomed me.” Trump added, “He’s so good,” repeating it four times. Trump then said he wanted to eat Mcdonalds with him sometime this summer.

Deimosx

“A 2019 House impeachment inquiry found that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election from Ukraine to help his re-election bid, and then obstructed the inquiry itself. The inquiry reported that Trump withheld military aid and a White House invitation in order to influence Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into Trump’s political rivals. On December 13, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third[e] U.S. president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives.[2]”

THANKS, WIKIPEDIA

The_Last_Mouse

Dear NY Post… suggested title: “Will IMPOTUS ever see erection day”

shaka_sulu

Brilliant!

*IMPOTUS*, it is!

NormP

Sanders Is Hot in the Polls, and Still Treated Like a Second-Tier Candidate

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I think he’s going to win this time.

And I say that as a 2016 Bernie (then Clinton) voter and someone who’s been in Warren’s camp for a bit, though I’ve always said I will vote for one of the two who is in the lead by the time we get to my state.

BenedictD0nald

As a guy who can’t afford the health insurance plan offered by my employer and who has a ton of student loans…. Please God, help Bernie become president. I’m sure as hell gonna do my part by voting for him.

lasvegas1979

Corporate media is corporate

kundehotze

It is by design. He is s massive threat to CNN s bosses

SpectrumofMidnight

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature. /r/bernieblindness

Pirvan

Andrew Yang: What good are record-high profits if we have record-high stress, anxiety, student loan debt

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What good are record high profits to anyone other than shareholders anyway? How many people actually own stocks in these companies and receive dividends?

Profits are what’s left over *after* paying wages. Employees are an expense that takes away from profits. Want higher profits? Hire less people and pay them less. That doesn’t benefit the average person at all. Only owners and investors.

verylobsterlike

And record high drug overdoses and suicides.

cannon_soldier

I was impressed with virtually everybody on the debate stage last night including Yang. He did well.

CarmineFields

The economy is at an all time high but is it working for the 99%? The bottom 50% would say no, and the next 30% would say meh. The next 10% are doing good, and the next 9% are doing great. The 1% are doing the Charleston at Gatsby’s place.

When it comes down to it, 8/10 people are participating in the economy are struggling or seeing no gain year to year. Sadly I don’t see it getting any better as the boomers wealth is siphoned into service jobs to take care of them in their retirement. We are going to be serving their decadent and wasteful lifestyles for the next 30 years or until bots replace us.

I think a UBI will be an inevitably, what it can’t be is a band-aid towards the gross inequalities of capitalism. We need to have economies that serve the people instead of a small cluster of rich and powerful.

Cakelord

Yang stood out last night for all the right reasons. His empathy and intellect, his character and modern perspective would be an asset in Democratic leadership…wish Progressives could unite before primaries under a ‘Team’ leadership concept to vote out a potential moderate. (Nothing will change unless we address our bought governance). Yang, Booker and Steyer are hopefully bonding with either Warren or Sanders and ‘someone’ is doing the math so we don’t split the progressive vote. Based on last night’s debate, that’s Yang.

echoeco

Gabbard faces heat back home for present vote on impeachment

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>According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

That’s bad, but she was busy.

>Gabbard announced earlier this year she would not run for re-election to the House so she could focus on her presidential campaign.

Busy doing something that has been dead in the water for a long time.

lostinamaizesea

In terms of political calculus it was absolutely an error. There’s no recovering from a move *that* stupid

No_big_whoop

Voting “present” was an act of absolute cowardice. She’s an embarrassment to House.

Even Van Drew, who voted “nay” as a Democrat only so that he could immediately switch parties, demonstrated stronger character.

alchemeron

Her statement, which is her on video, was that there was no question that the president had broken the law, but because only one side is voting for impeachment, she cannot take a stand.

Think this through for a second. This is the equivalent of saying “I know he murdered someone and the evidence supports that, but only democrats are accusing him, so I cannot vote to convict that person.”

She literally admitted she was too craven to take action on the evidence but too cowardly to go full republican and vote against it.

Way to go Tulsi, I am sure your grand supreme leader dude is proud of your ability to do nothing so strongly.

Chromosis

I don’t care what other Democrats have to say about her by this point, but her constituents?

This is awesome.

accountabilitycounts

Trump Calls Impeachment a ‘Hoax’. Remains Impeached

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The unwashed dishes in my sink is a hoax, A HOAX I TELL YOU.

zehalper

Impeached President* Trump said what?

USSRcontactISabsurd

Notice he’ll keep saying “being impeached” as if it’s something he’s going through and not something that’s done.

askmeifimacop

The Root has a way with titles.

Schady_Freude

I liked it better when he was calling it “impeachment light.” He probably uses variations of that a lot in his personal life. “Melania, I swear it was just adultery light.”

midwestmuhfugga