President Donald Trump is so desperate for Republicans to win the midterm election on Tuesday that he resorted to threatening voters on Twitter in a clear example of voter intimidation.
The intimidation tactic included announcing that law enforcement will be “closely” watching voters in order to find voter fraud, something that is virtually non-existent in this country according to multiple studies.
Trump also threatened to punish voters with the maximum prison sentence even though he has no say over sentencing, which falls under the purview of the judicial branch.
Law Enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING which may take place in Tuesday’s Election (or Early Voting). Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2018
This is an intimidation tactic demonstrating that Trump is desperate as Election Day approaches. Democrats are poised and widely predicted to take back the House and could narrowly take back control of the Senate, events that would neuter his presidency and make him the subject of more subpoenas and real congressional investigations.
Trump’s last-minute tactic also makes him a hypocrite as Republicans in several states, including Georgia, employ voter suppression tactics.
Twitter users called him out.
Mr. Trump: There is “Unpresidented” amounts of voter suppression happening around the country. In Ford County, KS, officials moved the ONLY voting site in #DDC to over a mile out of town. And in #Georgia, the guy running for governor is overseeing the election. What will you do?
— Alternative NOAA (@altNOAA) November 5, 2018
Voter fraud is almost non-existent. Hysterical much??
— Ninja-Boots don’t care. (@JaneDoe3000) November 5, 2018
“Strongly notified”? Words that could only come from the mouth of the semi-literate. How does that differ from just “notified”? Did the notificaiton go out in ALL CAPS? Lots of !!!!!!!!? Pics of dark skinned folks with guns & knives? UR really dumber than a 5th grader.
— keith hall (@kfhall0852) November 5, 2018
How about sending law enforcement down to GA to arrest Kemp for voter suppression
— Cathy Mendola (@pinkbirdgirl) November 5, 2018
This is voter intimidation. #Resign
— Ronnie Shoe #Vote (@TheOnly313Girl) November 5, 2018
The rate of voter fraud in the US, according to meticulous studies,
is 0.0003 percent. In other words, as close to non-existent as you could get. That’s why Trump’s own fraud commission was quietly disbanded. https://t.co/Ndatgd4Tdn
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) November 5, 2018
Here we go again pulling the Old Scare Tactic about Illegal Voting. It’s Statistically Insignificant and you Know it! 1000s More will be Denied the RIGHT TO VOTE BY @GOP DIRTY TRICKS!
— Harry Arnold (@AHLHarrythekid) November 5, 2018
Speaking of illegal voting..here’s an update on more @GOP illegal voter tampering!
Republicans are caught rigging election for Cruz.
So #LyinTed is caught!
— Valerie Avenatti-Basta IV (@valerie135) November 5, 2018
— Fuller Rath (@fuller_rath) November 5, 2018
Your daughter Tiffany, Steve Bannon, and Mnuchin were all registered to vote in more than one state in 2016. You get that illegal voting shit worked out yet?
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) November 5, 2018
US CODE TITLE 18: Crimes & Criminal Procedure.
Section 594. Intimidation of Voters
Whoever attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to #vote shall be fined or imprisoned.
— Rebekah-Nasty-N-Grey (@TornadoesBoreMe) November 5, 2018
The president should be encouraging Americans to vote, not trying to scare them into hiding from doing their civic duty. That’s why it’s so important that everyone vote no matter what on Tuesday to show Trump that we are not intimidated by him.
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