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Trumps floats sending the law to polls, but lacks the power

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Trumps floats sending the law to polls, but lacks the power

Trumps floats sending the law to polls, but lacks the power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to send law enforcement to polling places for the upcoming presidential election, part of a growing pattern of rhetoric in which he has suggested that he wants to make it harder for Americans to vote.

And much like the idea he floated a few weeks ago about delaying the election entirely, it’s not exactly up to him. The effort also could be viewed as a means to intimidate minority voters, who tend to support Democrats.

During an interview Thursday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of the counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention, Trump suggested he’d bring in both federal and local law enforcement. The president has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that there will be widespread voter fraud this November, just as he falsely claimed four years ago after he lost the popular vote.

“We’re going to have everything,” he said. “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to hopefully have U.S. attorneys and we’re going to have everybody, and attorney generals. But it’s very hard.”

But federal law prohibits sending “any troops or armed men” to any polling place in the country, and any effort to send them is a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. One caveat: Troops can be sent in “to repel armed enemies of the United States” during voting. The law would also bar the president from sending in nonmilitary law enforcement if they are armed. Most marshals and FBI agents usually are.
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Trump lacks the Constitutional authority to pull off something like this. It would wind up in court & be ruled not only unconstitutional but also deliberate voter intimidation.
 

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Well then, if Trump can't officially send in troops or police, he'll just have to suggest that perhaps volunteers, armed with baseball bats and brass knuckles show up at certain polling places to "prevent voting fraud." That would be just fine with Trumpsters on this board. Nothing like a little "law and order vigilantism" to keep the peace, right?
 

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Old intimidation tactic: to try to scare the you-know-whos, who have historically been brutalized by police, into not showing up.



I'm sure Trumpists are waiting for instruction by Hannity or the like on what to moronic lies to tell to defend it. I can't imagine what they'd be. Most likely that some event thirty years ago at one particular polling stations proves there is some kind of problem meriting this militant response.

In reality, the only threat at polls this year is COVID-19. You can't arrest COVID-19. I suppose Trump is also a threat at polls, in a sense. And we can arrest him.... once he's out of office.
 

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Trumps floats sending the law to polls, but lacks the power

Trumps floats sending the law to polls, but lacks the power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to send law enforcement to polling places for the upcoming presidential election, part of a growing pattern of rhetoric in which he has suggested that he wants to make it harder for Americans to vote.

And much like the idea he floated a few weeks ago about delaying the election entirely, it’s not exactly up to him. The effort also could be viewed as a means to intimidate minority voters, who tend to support Democrats.

During an interview Thursday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity as part of the counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention, Trump suggested he’d bring in both federal and local law enforcement. The president has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that there will be widespread voter fraud this November, just as he falsely claimed four years ago after he lost the popular vote.

“We’re going to have everything,” he said. “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to hopefully have U.S. attorneys and we’re going to have everybody, and attorney generals. But it’s very hard.”

But federal law prohibits sending “any troops or armed men” to any polling place in the country, and any effort to send them is a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. One caveat: Troops can be sent in “to repel armed enemies of the United States” during voting. The law would also bar the president from sending in nonmilitary law enforcement if they are armed. Most marshals and FBI agents usually are.
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Trump lacks the Constitutional authority to pull off something like this. It would wind up in court & be ruled not only unconstitutional but also deliberate voter intimidation.

It would wind up in court six weeks after the election and get tossed out on “what are you going to do to stop me?” Grounds
 

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Well then, if Trump can't officially send in troops or police, he'll just have to suggest that perhaps volunteers, armed with baseball bats and brass knuckles show up at certain polling places to "prevent voting fraud." That would be just fine with Trumpsters on this board. Nothing like a little "law and order vigilantism" to keep the peace, right?

The message sent by the previous Administration’s DOJ was that is perfectly fine.
 

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The message sent by the previous Administration’s DOJ was that is perfectly fine.

Whatever you do, don't cite a source. It might make someone think you're telling the truth.
 

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Trump's model is Putin placing Russian soldiers inside Crimea voting stations during Putin's referendum.

USA armed forces would never obey this but we get the idea Trump's got going on.

It is fact democracy is on the ballot so PutinTrump & Rowers are on it seeing's how they're against it.
 
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