Have the Republicans been fixing elections for so long they’ve become downright brazen about it?
What other explanation could there be for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee eliciting laughs from guests at a fundraiser in support of an anti-union initiative in Ohio by instructing them to suppress voter turnout.
“Make a list. Call them and ask them, ‘Are you going to vote for Issue 2 and are you going to vote for it?’” Huckabee advised. “If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don’t go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done.”
Nothing in Huckabee’s delivery suggests he was joking, and he hasn’t come out and qualified those statements since. So, what’s so funny? Is this a little wink-and-nod about how Republicans plan to win elections?
This isn’t the first time Huckabee has suggested using vote suppression either. He made similar statements in 2009 and faced criticism from Democrats as a result.
It’s just downright depressing that the Republicans have embraced the idea that the fewer people who participate in this democracy the better it is for their party and their power.
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