This is some pathetic reporting, even for Politico. In their effort to tie Donald Trump to white supremacist groups, the liberal website published a “blockbuster” story about how the KKK and neo-Nazis, inspired by Trump, plan to disrupt the presidential election. One of the more ludicrous claims is that they intend to suppress the black vote by handing out malt liquor and marijuana to keep black people from going to the polls.
Politico proudly announced that “KKK, neo-Nazis and militias plan to monitor urban polling places and suppress the black vote.”
Energized by Trump’s candidacy and alarmed by his warnings of a “rigged election,” white nationalist, alt-right and militia movement groups are planning to come out in full force on Tuesday, creating the potential for conflict at the close of an already turbulent campaign season.
Politico doesn’t mention that Donald Trump has completely disavowed any support from white supremacists groups or that Hillary Clinton was actually mentored by a former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK. Those facts get in the way of a good lie.
After saying that white nationalist will be intimidating black voters they also accuse them of taking a particularly deviant step to keep blacks away from the polls altogether. Of course this plan was revealed to them by an unnamed source so it can’t be disputed.
“We also have some teams going in to the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed to give out to the local residents, which we think will lead to more of them staying home. We have had success with this in the past,” said this mystery bigot.
The unnamed white supremacist also bragged that his group had successfully used the tactic in Detroit to help Bernie Sanders in the democratic primary. Why white power guys were trying to help a liberal progressive socialist is anyone’s guess.
I’m almost certain this sinister plan of voter suppression is bullshit because it is so completely ridiculous. First, malt liquor and marijuana ain’t free. White power groups aren’t financed like black terrorist organization Black Lives Matter is. I seriously doubt these white nationalists are going to take money out of their own pockets to buy beer and drugs for black people, especially since it will have no effect.
And that brings us to the second part of why this is so silly. Any black people hanging out on the street in the middle of the day are likely convicted felons and can’t vote or are simply not registered to vote. There is no perceivable benefit to the white nationalist cause with this plan.
Plus let’s think about the absurdity of a bunch of Nazi skinheads roaming through the ‘hood passing out 40s and blunts. The only thing I can see happening with this scenario is a series of race riots and shootings.
Finally, even if this were true and it had its desired effect, keeping a couple dozen black people from voting isn’t going to swing the election. Again, this would take a lot of effort and expense for no pay-off.
This Politico article isn’t about warning of a real threat to democracy. It’s a sad attempt to tie Donald Trump to people he has rebuked. The thing is, Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have all said they will have hundreds of poll watchers out on Election Day. Why isn’t there a story about these groups trying to intimidate voters and influence the election?