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Monday, October 31, 2016

Sharpton: Our Poll-Watchers ‘Nonpartisan' Protectors,Trump’s ‘Illegal'

With the election fast approaching, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has stepped up his call for his supporters to become poll watchers to watch for, and document, illegal activity. He even has set up a page on his website for people to sign up. But MSNBC’s Al Sharpton has had it with Trump’s call for poll-watchers, claiming they are there to intimidate minorities. “How concerned are you about voter intimidation tactics in this election,” he asked Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, as he warned about militias backing Trump.

“…in the last several months, as there has been this discussion about the election being rigged, and about sending people out to do poll watching, our fears have absolutely and exponentially increased,” Ifill responded.

Ifill continued by saying that her organization takes voter intimidation by Trump-backing groups very seriously. She did admit that they had a right to be poll watchers, “the right to watch outside the polls, of course, is the right of a citizen to stand outside the polls and to watch.” But Ifill quickly turned around and slammed Trump supporters for being too ignorant on voting rights:

"But when it becomes intimidation, when people are suggesting that there are certain people who are not eligible to vote; when you're not bothering to educate those poll watchers about the protections of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws, then I think you're creating a recipe for disaster on Election Day."

Sharpton followed her up by claiming that Trump’s poll watching efforts are “illegal” and stem from unfounded and “biased” paranoia.



Anonymous said...

Who kicked over his rock. Get back under there Al!!

Anonymous said...

hrc is the illegal one. under investigation while running for the highest office would be enough to D Q any other man.

Anonymous said...

But it was okay for the Black Panthers to intimidate voters when Obama was elected?

Not Quite Understanding said...

"The Reverand" Al should know! What a POS if there ever was one.

Anonymous said...

8:43 So true. And, the Philadelphia police were aware of this going on and were told to stand down.