Make no mistake, Russian meddling in the 2020 election is real — but Mitch McConnell and the GOP have a broader plan to rig the contest in their favor.
The U.S. intelligence community has consistently warned that Russia and its agents continue to work to undermine American elections.
According to reports, the intelligence community’s top election security official told members of Congress that multiple agencies have concluded that Russia wants President Donald Trump re-elected to serve the Kremlin’s interests.
Amid the report, Trump booted the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, and replaced him with Richard Grenell, a political lackey who lacks any relevant experience.
This rinse and repeat of Republican corruption and cover-up at the expense of our elections is nothing new.
Recall that Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded the Russians had hacked both the Democratic and Republican national committees. The DNC’s information was released ahead of the 2016 election, while the RNC’s information was withheld — presumably to control the GOP. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican leader in the Senate, then threatened President Obama that if his administration went public with information about Russian interference, he would tell the voters that it was Obama who was interfering with the election.
The GOP coverup continued within hours after Mueller’s testimony about foreign election interference before the House Intelligence Committee in 2019, when the Republican-controlled Senate moved to block four separate bills to defend the U.S. democratic process.
In a clear demonstration of the principle that rampant corruption always begins at the top, the RNC announced plans this week to support the downriver ripples of Republicans’ long-term war against democracy.
Now, Republican lawmakers across the country, faced with losing the popular vote by greater margins election after election, have responded by restricting access to the ballot before elections — and hen crippling the power of winning Democratic opponents after an election.
In Kentucky, a GOP supermajority in the state legislature just voted to strip some executive powers from newly-elected Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat. Beshear won a closely contested election in which Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, who initially refused to concede.
Republicans in battleground states like Florida are already gearing up for Election Day voter challenges on citizenship and residency grounds, as evidenced by a new GOP bill that allows the political parties to assign poll watchers from outside a given district.
In Indiana, Republicans are again advancing a bill that would allow county election officials to kick voters off the rolls immediately without notice, even after two federal courts found such a practice violates voters’ rights. Republicans in several states have introduced a new crop of voter ID bills ahead of the 2020 elections.
So while Republicans in Congress openly act to support Russian interference in our elections, Republicans in state legislatures across the country are determined to limit the number of Americans who can actually vote. Without these twin assaults on democracy, they know they can’t win.
H/T: The Raw Story