Donald Trump's worst moment of the 1st debate (that you probably missed)

总统 Donald Trump’s bullying, cajoling and constant interruptions in the first 2020 general election debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night made the whole affair confusing and difficult to follow. And while there will (rightly) be scads of attention paid to Trump’s unwillingness to condemn white supremacists and hate groups, there was actually a moment that I found more frighteningand isn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of attention.

Here’s it isin an exchange between debate moderator Chris Wallace and Trump:
华莱士: Will you urge your supporters to stay calm during this extended period, not to engage in any civil unrest? And will you pledge tonight that you will not declare victory until the election has been independently certified? 特朗普总统, you go first.
王牌: I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully. Because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it. 如你所知, 今天, there was a big problem. In Philadelphia they went in to watch. They were called poll watchersa very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia, bad things. And II am urgingI am urging my people. I hope it’s going to be a fair election. If it’s a fair election
    华莱士: You’re urging them what?
    王牌: … 我是 100% on board. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that. And I’ll tell you what. From a common-sense
    华莱士: 这意味着什么, you can’t go along? Does that mean you’re going to tell your people to take to the streets?
    王牌: I’ll tell you what it means. It means you have a fraudulent election. You’re sending out 80 million ballots.
    Asked directly whether he will tell his voters not to engage in any sort of violence orcivil unrestwhile the votes are being counted on and beyond November 3, the President of the United States not only refused to do so but also reiterated his call to his supporters to go to polling places andwatchpeople casting votes.
    Asked whether he isgoing to tell your people to take to the streetsif the election results is either not decided on November 3 or not decided in his favor, Trump responded this way: “It means you have a fraudulent election. You’re sending out 80 million ballots.
    It’s impossible to overstate how dangerous what Trump said above actually is. But before we get into the big-picture impact, let’s look at the facts (要么, better put, lack thereof) in the claims Trump made.
    Trump said there was abig problemin Philadelphia on Tuesday because some of his supporters went to watch people vote andthey were thrown out.” 那是 what happened. 什么 did happen is this: Trump backers tried to get into so-calledsatellite centersin Philadelphia that operate not at polling locations bur rather as voter-service centers. 所以, you can submit a mail-in ballot there, but you can’t actually, 你懂, vote there.
    The satellite offices are Board of Elections Offices that provide voter services to the residents of Philadelphia for mail-in ballots,” said Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt in a statement obtained by a local TV station. “Satellite offices are not polling places and poll watcher certificates have not been issued for any individuals for anything other than poll watching activities on Election Day at Polling Places. So individuals seeking to receive services from a satellite office are not permitted to be there for other purposes.

    所以, Trump is wrong on the facts.
    现在, step back and see what he is doing here. There is NO question that urging his supporters to show up at actual polling places is aimed at intimidation, not transparency. How do I know? Because there has never been any evidence of widespread voter fraud in an American presidential election. 不是一个. (Just ask top GOP election lawyer Ben Ginsberg.)
    While both parties traditionally usepoll watchers” (read more about that here) what Trump is calling for here seems to be aimed at keeping people who would vote against himparticularly Black and brown votersaway from the polls.
    “当您去那里时,请成为民意观察者,” Trump said at a recent rally in North Carolina. “观看所有的盗窃,偷窃和抢劫行为. And that comment came less than a month after Trump told Fox NewsSean Hannity this about his plans for poll watchers: “We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, 希望, US attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals (原文如此).” (While Trump lacks the authority to assign law enforcement to monitor polling places, he could employ off-duty cops for the job.)
    If you think saying that you will put police officers at polling places to avoidthieving and stealing and robbing” 那 “they doisn’t mean as a scare tactic to keep minority populations from voting, let me introduce you to the last 400 years of American history.
      In the space of a few sentences then, Trump repeated his urgings to his supporters to show up at polling places to intimidate potential voters actively refused to call for calm in the days after the election in the event there isn’t a declared winner.
      This is the President of the United States, 人. And even if he weren’t in such a powerful position, what Trump is saying would be deeply irresponsible. As it is, what he is saying is incredibly dangerous.


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