The Democratic Coalition Against Trump alleges he violated Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which states, “no person “shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for exercising [their right to vote].”
“Donald Trump has called for his supporters to go out and “watch the polls” at numerous campaign events in the past week due to the possibility of a “rigged” election.” “By suggesting that his supporters, who have a history of past violence at similar gatherings and who are often egged on by Trump, monitor polling places, Trump is intimidating voters who may not turn out to vote out of fear of violence,” DCAT said in a news release.
Scott Dworkin, senior advisor to DCAT, slammed Trump, saying he “has proven that he has no respect for our Democratic process, most notably in this week’s debate and at multiple rallies when he wouldn’t agree to a peaceful transition of power if he loses.”
“Every day that Trump encourages his supporters to intimidate others to the point where they are too fearful to exercise their basic rights, the charges brought against him by the DOJ should be more, and more severe,” Dworkin said.
Here’s a copy of the complaint from DCAT:
This complaint is not just for Pennsylvania, but for Michigan, Florida, and any other state where Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to “go over and watch” polling places. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/01/trump-urges-supporters-to-monitor-polling-places-in-certain-areas/).
By encouraging his supporters to go out and watch polling places, Donald Trump is violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Based on the history of violence at Donald Trump rallies and similar events, which Donald Trump has egged on on multiple occasions, it can be safely assumed that voters who hear that there will be Trump supporters watching their polling place will stay home out of fear of potential violence, therefore preventing them from casting their vote.
Section 11 (b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 states:
(b) No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for voting or attempting to vote, or intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for urging or aiding any person to vote or attempt to vote, or intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for exercising any powers or duties under section 3(a), 6, 8, 9, 10, or 12(e).
Donald Trump is violating this section, and should be held accountable immediately.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump has filed a complaint with the Justice Department against Donald Trump over his rigged election claims.