North Carolina’s state Board of Elections, a bipartisan group with an equal variety of Republicans and Democrats, has declined to certify the outcomes of the 9th Congressional District election after disturbing experiences of vote theft on behalf of the Republican candidate, Mark Harris. In current days, a number of folks have come ahead saying they have been paid by a contractor working for Harris to illegally gather absentee ballots, whereas voters have reported quite a lot of suspicious circumstances surrounding the difficulty and return of their ballots.
The Charlotte Observer has known as for a “new election in NC’s tainted 9th District.”
This positive looks like the type of respectable and documented instance of election fraud that President Donald Trump has been ready for. And but, as of this second, he hasn’t stated (or tweeted) a single phrase about what’s happening in North Carolina. It’s been crickets from Trump and different nationwide Republicans. The rationale? This obvious case of voter fraud advantages the Republican candidate, Harris, who’s clinging to a 955-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready.
Trump appears to solely care concerning the problem of voter fraud when he believes the perpetrators are nonwhite people who find themselves serving to Democrats and hurting Republicans.
Think about that within the run-up to the November midterm elections, Trump tweeted this warning: “All ranges of presidency and Legislation Enforcement are watching fastidiously for VOTER FRAUD, together with throughout EARLY VOTING. Cheat at your personal peril. Violators shall be topic to most penalties, each civil and prison!”
This was throughout the identical time interval the place Trump was sounding the alarm a few migrant “invasion” coming from Mexico. For Trump, it was a well-recognized chorus.
In October 2016, as he was main chants of “construct the wall,” Trump made the unfounded declaration that “in fact there’s giant scale voter fraud occurring on and earlier than election day.”
After he gained the election, he chastised the media for not reporting on what he described as “severe voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California” although there was no proof of any voter fraud in these states. And after he assumed the presidency, Trump introduced he would “be asking for a serious investigation into VOTER FRAUD…”
In Might 2017, Trump signed an govt order establishing the Presidential Advisory Fee on Election Integrity chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The outlined “mission” of this fee was to “examine the registration and voting processes utilized in Federal elections” and to “submit a report back to the President that identifies” so-called “vulnerabilities in voting techniques and practices utilized in Federal elections that would result in improper voter registrations and improper voting, together with fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.”
By January of this yr, the president was pressured to disband the panel, which solely met twice and located no proof of widespread voter fraud.
And but in North Carolina, we now have actual, compelling proof of unlawful poll tampering. Given the experiences, is it any marvel that Harris in some way gained a staggering 96 % of the absentee vote in Bladen County? Election knowledge exhibits that solely about half of the absentee ballots have been returned from Bladen and Robeson counties ― a low proportion in comparison with the remainder of the state. A big majority of these unreturned ballots belonged to minorities.
Trump and his GOP enablers are silent as a result of they condone it.
It’s attainable the president will put out some generic, “all voter fraud is unsuitable” type of assertion to attempt to mute a number of the criticism. It’ll absolutely be a far cry from his pre-midterms tweet threatening “most prison penalties” for unlawful voting. Are you able to think about what he and different Republicans could be saying if this have been a Democratic effort to suppress the votes of white folks?
Their alarmist rhetoric about an imaginary invasion from the southern border, coupled with this stark hypocrisy about election fraud and minority voter suppression in North Carolina, reveals the underlying racism behind the coverage positions of the Republican Celebration.
If it have been as much as Trump and the GOP, the Pledge of Allegiance could be amended to say, “one white nation, underneath one white God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for white folks.”
Kurt Bardella is a HuffPost columnist and served because the spokesperson and senior advisor for the Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee from 2009-2013. Comply with him on Twitter at @kurtbardella.