Trump announces voter fraud investigation but ignores voter suppression

Donald Trump (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TeamTrump)
Donald Trump (Photo Credit: Twitter/@TeamTrump)

A reactive President Donald Trump is on a quest to upset the very foundation of policies and actions that have united and divided Americans for the past 50 years. His executive orders so far have begun to change the Affordable Care Act, wWomen’s reproductive health issues and international trade. Trump incredibly is maintaining two separate Twitter accounts that are announcing policy decisions.

The latest announcement is on voter fraud and the 2016 presidential election. Trump tweeted today:

Trump maintains that widespread voter fraud cost him the popular vote, which he lost by at least three million voters. There is absolutely no evidence of widespread voter fraud as claimed by Trump. Both Republican and Democratic leaders have urged Trump to stop making attacks against the electoral system without justification. In the first week of his presidency, Trump has been obsessed with claims that question the amount of public support he is receiving. Ultimately, he raises the question that if there was such massive voter fraud, is his presidency even legitimate?

Studies have been performed over the years that have proven there is little voter fraud that is occurring on a widespread basis. Overall when it comes to voter fraud, it is being done in small local elections. For many, the real issue is voter suppression that continues to take place, especially in the South. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the state of Alabama engaged in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in at least 12 districts in order to preserve a republican supermajority. Unless the state appeals the decision, it will have to redraw voting districts before the crucial 2018 midterm elections. In 2016, North Carolina and Wisconsin were also told to redraw their maps due to racial exclusion and attempts to maintain non-competitive republican districts.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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