Donald Trump is losing Pennsylvania by nine points to Hillary Clinton so he warned of voting fraud and called upon police who support him to patrol balloting locations.
Of course, such a move constitutes voter intimidation, which is illegal.
But the Republican nominee and GOP leadership don’t care. They are only interested in winning by whatever means necessary, and that’s why Trump openly claimed that the election is rigged without providing any evidence and declared that he is recruiting law enforcement to “observe” at polling places throughout Pennsylvania.
“We’re going to have unbelievable turnout, but we don’t want to see people voting five times, folks,” Trump said on Friday in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Maybe you should go down and volunteer or do something. We have a lot of law enforcement people working that day. We’re hiring a lot of people. We’re putting a lot of law enforcement — we’re going to watch Pennsylvania, go down to certain areas and watch and study, and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.
In other words, Trump wants his supporters to show up at polling places and intimidate voters, especially minority voters because Trump says the only way Clinton can win the state is by “cheating.”
“We have some great people here, some great leaders here, of the Republican Party, and they’re very concerned about that, and that’s the way we could lose the state,” Trump said.
We have to call up law enforcement, and we have to have the sheriffs, and the police chiefs, and everybody watching. Because if we get cheated out of this election, if we get cheated out of a win in Pennsylvania, which is such a vital state, especially when I know what’s happening here, folks. I know it — she can’t beat what’s happening here.
Here’s the video via NBC.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election is rigged for Hillary Clinton despite the fact that voter fraud rarely occurs in this country and is only brought up by Republicans as an excuse to justify their voter suppression efforts.
Trump is even actively recruiting his supporters to sign up on his website to become “election observers” so that they can “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!”
You can bet that some Trump supporters are going to be rabid enough that they will stand outside and inside polling places just waiting for minority voters to interrogate and intimidate. And that’s why the FBI has a voter intimidation hotline. So if you find yourself being harassed by a Trump goon on Election Day, just call 202-514-1888 to make sure real law enforcement officials know about it.
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