Trump Campaign Intimidating Voters In Pennsylvania, Complaint Claims
For weeks, Donald Trump has advanced “his campaign’s goal of ‘voter suppression’ by using the loudest microphone in the nation to implore his supporters to engage in unlawful intimidation in polling places across the nation, asking them to act as poll watchers to guard against his claims of a rigged election. The result of such tactic is now evident in Pennsylvania.
According to a formal complaint filed Sunday, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is accusing Donald Trump’s campaign of threatening and intimidating voters in urban neighborhoods to depress turnout among minorities.
“Trump’s calls for unlawful intimidation have grown louder and louder, and the conspiracy to harass and threaten voters on Election Day has already resulted in acts that threaten the voting rights of registered Pennsylvania voters,” the document said.
The 29-page filing cites a Bloomberg report in which an unnamed official is quoted saying, “We have three major voter suppression operations under way” that targets minorities, according to Politico.
The complaint accuses Trump’s campaign, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and Trump confidant Roger Stone, as well as his Stop the Steal super PAC, of violating the Ku Klux Klan and Voting Rights Acts with a “coordinated campaign of vigilante voter intimidation.”
In the document, the state Democratic Party is asking for “immediate relief,” noting that Election Day is nearly a week away.
“The Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and untold numbers of Pennsylvania voters, will suffer irreparable harm if the right to vote is imperiled by the same forms of virulent harassment that federal law has prohibited since shortly after the Civil War,” it says.
Congress enacted the Ku Klux Klan Act in 1871 to stop violent threats and harassment against former slaves and their white supporters from the KKK by banning conspiracies to intimidate or threaten voters, and it passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to prohibit threats or intimidation against any voters.