This election continues to stretch our perception of “insane,” and Donald Trump seems to delight in doing so like a pig enjoys slop. His latest scheme: A cross between the creation of a Trump vigilante militia group and a weird fundraising con.
In Pennsylvania, where Trump is behind by double digits (ten to eleven points, in the latest polls) he has announced a new program to observe “crooked” Hillary Clinton voters at the polls because the “only way” he could lose the historically blue state is if “they cheat.” (No word on whether a brown shirt comes with the title, yet.) More troubling still, Trump hinted at the “they” in that statement as being black people, particularly in Philadelphia.
Why does Trump believe he is going to win? Because he has big rallies, of course. Everything else, he believes, is a complete lie.
— Alessandra Farkas (@afarkasny) August 13, 2016
So, he gets his ignorant fans to believe that too, setting him up to cry “election fraud” when he loses, then calls them to “patrol” other voters.
The program is being called #TrumpElectionObservers, and you can sign up for it on his website. According to the program’s description on Trump’s website, the purpose is literally to “stop Hillary from rigging this election.”
This looks like a sign-up sheet for an Election Day goon squad. Our elders know about this kind of “observation.” pic.twitter.com/rEtWDA4BhH
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 13, 2016
If you sign up, this is what you are told:
— Michael Gray (@graywolf) August 13, 2016
But according to some reports, when you are contacted, the campaign demands you hand over some money before you get your brown shirt.
Is this another Trump scam? You must donate in order to get details on how to become a Trump election bully. pic.twitter.com/Ot1AeQD1r2
— David Harris-Gershon (@David_EHG) August 13, 2016
This entire program, which smacks of organized voter intimidation especially in light of Trumper’s affinity for “Second Amendment solutions” seems to be yet another preposterous money making scheme by Trump. No one is surprised that it seems Trump is calling for a bunch of gun-toting, flag-waving, xenophobes to stop people who don’t look “white” enough to vote to “ask for their papers” outside of voting location.
Regardless of his intention to profit from this little exercise in fear-mongering, the subtext is horrifying. As a little history lesson/reminder, do you know what the original focus was for Hitler’s “Brown Shirts?”
[The “Brown Shirts] played a significant role in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Their primary purposes were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties, especially the Red Front Fighters League (Rotfrontkämpferbund) of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), and intimidating Slavic and Romani citizens, unionists, and Jews – for instance, during the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.
This, folks, is why we can’t laugh at the preposterous nature of Trump’s suggestions. Watch his unhinged call for vigilante pollsters, here:
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