[Educator-Gold] POLITICS: ELECTIONS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION AND GERRYMANDERING: Trump Threatens to Make the GOP the Party of Permanent Voter Suppression

 

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POLITICS: ELECTIONS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS:
REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION AND GERRYMANDERING:

Trump Threatens to Make the GOP the Party of Permanent Voter Suppression

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Trump Threatens to Make the GOP the Party of Permanent Voter Suppression

Ed Kilgore

Daily Intelligencer

New York Magazine

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/ trump-could-make-gop-a-party-of-permanent-voter-suppression.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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Perhaps Donald Trumps tweet alleging that his popular-vote loss to Hillary Clinton was the result of millions of people who voted illegally means nothing beyond the president-elects reflexive inability to admit defeat in any aspect of the election. Maybe as a populist, he thinks it is important to claim some sort of popular mandate for his agenda, facts be damned. And speaking of facts be damned, quite possibly Trump just cannot get out of the habit of playing the victim, even when hes won.

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Whatever his motives, Trumps persistence in alleging  without a shred of evidence so far  massive voter fraud even after the election is most unfortunate. It will reinforce the fatal temptation on the political right, extending from non-ideological partisan hacks to the most race-crazed of white nationalists, to declare permanent open season on voting rights. And once universal suffrage stops being a principle to which both major parties subscribe in theory if not always in practice, reestablishing it could become as difficult as it was in the darkest days of the southern struggle for civil rights.

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It is bad enough that loose and almost entirely unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud have become routine ammunition in the battle of Republican state lawmakers and elected officials to shave a little bit here (fewer early voting opportunities) and a little bit there (unnecessary and discriminatory voter-ID requirements) from the exercise of the franchise by the young and minority voters most likely to support Democrats. What Trump seems to be buying into is something much more sweeping and ominous: the argument that large-scale voting for Democrats in any particular demographic category is prima facie evidence of fraud because Democrats are offering minority voters  specifically immigrants  inducements no legitimate government should be able to extend, from a path to citizenship to welfare.

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The idea that the power of takers not makers is reaching a tipping point where confiscatory socialism becomes inevitable is an old idea among conservatives, although one they do not often broadcast. It was, after all, the basic point of Mitt Romneys famous 47 percent gaffe. In 2016, it was reflected in one of the most pervasive conservative memes: that 2016 could be the last election thanks to the success of Democrats in expanding the electorate to achieve a permanent majority based on lawbreakers and dependents. Indeed, some anti-Trump conservatives used this argument to justify voting for the mogul despite all their misgivings about him: It was the Flight 93 election, in which hurling oneself suicidally into the fight to deny liberals an electoral victory was the only patriotic course of action. But Trump himself endorsed this meme in September in an interview with Christian right journalist David Brody:

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I think its going to be the last election that the Republicans can win. If we dont win this election, youll never see another Republican and youll have a whole different church structure. Youre going to have a whole different Supreme Court structure.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders)

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How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump

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DONALD TRUMP SPEECHES AND RALLIES

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John Oliver – Texas Republicans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgoypDIHKAQ

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[Educator-Gold] POLITICS: ELECTIONS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS: REPUBLICAN VOTER SUPPRESSION AND GERRYMANDERING: Trump Threatens to Make the GOP the Party of Permanent Voter Suppression

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