Re-Election Adviser Says Republicans Will Ramp Up Voter Suppression
Trump Adviser Says Republicans Will Ramp Up Voter Suppression in 2020
Reporting on Friday shows a top adviser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign caught on tape in November bragging of the Republican Party’s history of voter suppression — and promising to go on the offensive in 2020.
The revelation came from the Associated Press in a report Friday on comments by Trump re-election adviser Justin Clark at an event in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” said Clark. “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.”
AP reported that Clark’s remarks show the Republican Party is determined to use relaxed civil rights regulations to their advantage:
The roughly 20-minute audio offers an insider’s glimpse of Trump’s re-election strategy, showing the campaign 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 decree 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.