Trump Tells Supporters to watch the polling places

A few years ago, PBS aired the documentary Town Hall, following the adventures and misadventures of two tea partiers in Pennsylvania.  In one scene, on election day 2012, one of the tea parties, John, got himself authorized as a poll watcher.  Poll watching usually involves checking the voter registration books at the polling places to make certain your supporters have voted and to be certain that the laws are being followed.

Tea party John got himself authorized as a poll watcher because he was certain, certain, that there was widespread voter fraud taking place and he was going to stop it. The documentary showed him challenging the right of certain people (weirdly only people of color.  hm . . . ) to vote. In one scene, he challenges two black women’s right to vote – except they had both become naturalized citizens. They got to vote. John was a stickler for the rules – for example in another scene he made the election judges clear the room of people who had already voted, even though they were waiting for a friend to finish voting.  Once you voted, John explained, you had to leave the voting area. The film did not show anyone deterred from voting by John’s earnest idiocy and bumbling poll watching, it highlighted an interesting dynamic among conservatives -convinced there is widespread fraud in voting, they’re going to police the polls to make sure everything is kosher and their interpretation of the rules is adhered to even if that makes voting slow, annoying and difficult.

So it was with some concern that I heard Trump’s statement:

The only way they can beat it in my opinion — and I mean this 100 percent — if in certain sections of the state they cheat, OK? So I hope you people can sort of not just vote on the 8th, go around and look and watch other polling places and make sure that it’s 100 percent fine, because without voter identification — which is shocking, shocking that you don’t have it.

There’s no way this could go wrong.  A bunch of uptight, panties in a wad white people, convinced they’re saving democracy in America, overrunning polling places in mostly black and latino neighborhoods on election day is going to be just peachy keen.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 13, 2016 - 8:13 pm

    I can see it now. A motley bunch of old, fake grassroots, white bastards asking people who don’t look like them, if they’re dead, or cartoon characters.

    What an election.

    What a country!

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on August 13, 2016 - 9:24 pm

    As usual, Trump is right for the wrong reasons. Our elections are rigged in many ways. For example, by gerrymandering so that Dem congressional candidates get most of the votes but the Tea-GOP wins a House majority. Or making sure that voters in certain precincts have to stand on line for hours.

    However voter fraud is not one of the ways elections are rigged. Certainly Trump’s poll watchers won’t catch anybody voting five times as he suggested.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on August 13, 2016 - 11:08 pm

    All manner of rulings coming out this year, pointing out obvious plans to prevent people from voting, including this one reported by BradBlog:

    Despite a U.S. appeals court finding in late July that their voter suppression law “target[ed] African-Americans with almost surgical precision” and despite previously telling the court they’d have no trouble responding to the ruling in time for this year’s general election, and despite their previous appeal being denied, North Carolina and it’s Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) vow to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Brad Friedman has to be very careful not to report on things that can’t be seen, so he always says “the voting machines are 100% unverifiable”. Of course he’s right. The entire rest of the media won’t touch that phrase. They like to keep their jobs.

    I was at election headquarters in Salt Lake City on the night of the 2006 election, because I had permission to be there. I couldn’t see any real reason to be there. Nobody can see what’s going on inside those damn computers. What’s the purpose?

    I got bored and nobody was around at the time, so I walked right into the main tabulating room where all the machines were to see what would happen, or see if there was a chance I could see something suspicious on the computer monitors there. I was sternly told I was not to be there and, of course, went back and sat down where I was before.

    American elections are ridiculous in every possible way. It will be remarkable if nothing really bad happens this time, because Republicans stand to lose on the machines this time; not the other way around.

  4. #4 by Mostly farce on August 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

    Well Larry, with as much blather you have made about election fraud Trump seems to be your man. You can be sure the psychopathic murderess is not beyond a little election fraud to further her ends.

    She did in your believed BurnOut..and he was all in on it to herd you schmucks into the corral for branding and fleecing.

    It is amazing to watch a guy like you had all that crap to say about election fraud probably vote for the HildeBeest. Good times and I am not sorry to say watching progressive idiots squirm now is great entertainment,.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2016 - 5:13 pm

    Don’t choke on you popcorn, Mostly.

  6. #6 by Mostly farce on August 14, 2016 - 6:40 pm

    That was meant to say your beloved BurnOut..Popcorn in the theatre is over priced..not for me..

    BurnOut just bought a 600k lakefront house in Vermont..500 ft of shoreline…paid in cash..funny thing is the BurnOut was only worth 350k…hmmm…maybe his hag got the cash from crashing and burning Burlington College…The Burlington BurnOut and his Sow..strikes AGAIN!! haha..can’t make this up..

    All the same, kinda lame eh Larry?

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2016 - 7:02 pm

    Who did you want Mostly farce, David Duke?

  8. #8 by Mostly farce on August 15, 2016 - 1:15 pm

    It is all so obvious who…and then Moe Larry pulls a race card..I hope by now you realize how you have all been have been set up and knocked down by crooks…

    You have no ethos, and nothing dwells within you, all you are is defined by the externally guided mind, you are told what to think, who to like, and then..well The BurnOut endorses the psychothic parkinson’s murderer…perhaps you won’t vote for her..and in a desperate attempt to actually be yourself cast your vote into the toilet just like the stalking horse BurnOut intended.

    America can never be great again with People such as yourself who are willing to simply be cogs in an externally guided ideology that race to swallow the offerings of those you have been guided by your herd masters to “like”.

    You killed us..

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