Last Thursday, President Donald Trump marshaled his supporters to enlist in an “army” to intimidate voters at the polls on November 3.
“Volunteer to be a Trump Election Poll Watcher,” Trump tweeted. “Sign up today! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain“
Trump’s call-to-arms has apparently been received by a Republican operative and friend of Roger Stone named Ali Alexander (also known as Ali Akbar), who intends on revamping a 2018 voter intimidation campaign called “Stop the Steal.”
Right Wing Watch reported on Friday that Alexander believes that the election is going to be “raped and raided” by Democrats.
“I’m watching a bunch of grifters, MAGA grifters, pretend like they’re going to stop the steal. Are they going to stop the steal?” Alexander said in a Periscope broadcast that drew tens of thousands of hits on Friday. “What are these grifters doing online, tweeting, to stop the steal? What have they done in the past? Not a damn thing.”
Alexander laid out his plans to whip up mayhem by Election Day:
In the next coming days, we’re going to build the infrastructure to stop the steal. What we are going to do is we’re going to bypass all of social media. In the coming days, we will launch an effort concentrating on the swing states, and we will map out where the votes are being counted and the secretary of states. We will map all of this out for everyone publicly and we will collect cell phone numbers so that way if you are within 100 mile radius of a bad secretary of state or someone who’s counting votes after the deadline or if there’s a federal court hearing, we will alert you of where to go. We’re going to bypass all of Twitter, all of Facebook, all of Instagram, OK? We’re going to bypass it all.
We will camp out if we need to. We will have tents. We will have water. We will have electrolytes. We will have vitamin D, C, and A. We will have zinc. We will have sandwiches. We will have everything so that patriots can oversee the supposed people in our republic who are tasked with counting our votes, not making it. Counting our votes, not making new votes.
Alexander added that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to flag posts by any politician, including Trump, who declare victory on election night, because of the enormous volume of mail-in an absentee ballots that are expected.
“There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called,” Zuckerberg told Axios’ Mike Allen on Thursday. “I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election.”
Facebook’s updated policy states:
If any candidate or campaign tries to declare victory before the final results are in, we’ll add a label to their posts directing people to the official results from Reuters and the National Election Pool.” It also states that Facebook will label content “that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of the election or discuss the legitimacy of voting methods, for example, by claiming that lawful methods of voting will lead to fraud.
“One of the things that I think we and other media need to start doing is preparing the American people that there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days, or even weeks to make sure that all of the votes are counted,” Zuckerberg said. “In fact, that might be important to make sure that this is a legitimate and fair election.”
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