Earlier this month, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower told a U.S. Senate panel that former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon used the embattled political consulting firm to suppress black voters in certain swing states.
Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie told lawmakers the firm used “voter disengagement” tactics to discourage certain groups, namely African Americans, from casting ballots in an effort to help Trump win the election. At the time of his testimony, it was unclear what form those efforts took.
This week, details of that effort began to take shape. According to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday, Bannon, the conservative news site Breitbart, the Trump campaign, and other Trump supporters worked together to convince African Americans that it was not in their advantage to vote early — or at all.
“If you can’t stomach Trump, just don’t vote for the other people and don’t vote at all,” former Black Men for Bernie founder and activist Bruce Carter, who launched Trump for Urban Communities in the summer of 2016, remembers telling black voters.
If this is not considered a felony crime, then it should be a new law making it so. Democracy is founded on as many people voting as possible. Republicans are working on getting fewer and fewer people to vote, which leads to despotism, dictatorships and Fascism.