The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming: Republicans across the country are employing every trick they can think of to suppress voter turnout for the Nov. 3 election. From fake ballot collection boxes in southern California, to removing official ballot collection boxes in Texas, to closing polling places in Georgia, their moves are clearly motivated by fear that a large turnout equals more votes for Democrats and the potential of losing control of the presidency and Senate.
The Washington Post on Wednesday reported on direct evidence of their schemes. It published video from an August meeting of the Council for National Policy, a little-known group that has served for decades as a hub for a nationwide network of conservative activists and the donors who support them. Members include Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Donald Trump.
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, the 26-year-old who professes to champion conservative student activism on college campuses, was caught on video actually encouraging the suppression of voting – but only among liberal college students who might vote against Donald Trump.
The Post article recounts this scene: “A fresh-faced Republican activist named Charlie Kirk stepped into the spotlight at a closed-door gathering of leading conservatives and shared his delight about an impact of the coronavirus pandemic: the disruption of America’s universities. So many campuses had closed, he said, that up to a half-million left-leaning students probably would not vote.”
In the video Kirk says, “The Democrats have done a really foolish thing by shutting down all these campuses, foolish for them. It’s gonna remove ballot harvesting opportunities … so they’re removing like half a million votes off the table so, please, keep the campuses closed. Like, it’s a great thing.”
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official and the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a charity that was involved with the meeting, described mail-in voting as “the number one left-wing agenda.” Adams urged the activists not to worry about the criticism that might come their way. His takeaway message to the group is chilling:
“Be not afraid of the accusations that you’re a voter suppressor, you’re a racist and so forth,” Adams said.
The anti-Trump Lincoln Project took note of today’s report, tweeting:
Turns out it’s @charliekirk11’s birthday.
Why not wish him a happy birthday by sending him this article.
Happy birthday, Charlie!https://t.co/VSsSbobjIB
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 14, 2020