For Immediate Release
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns President Trump's Statement on Voting
WASHINGTON - Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's October 20, 2018 tweet:
"President Trump's statement regarding vote fraud is one of the most naked attempts to promote voter suppression that we have seen in modern time. His statement is intended to promote fear and incite law enforcement to action in ways that could chill voter participation this midterm election cycle. Meanwhile this administration and the Justice Department's silence regarding widespread voter suppression has been deafening. To date, this Justice Department has failed to file a single case to enforce the Voting Rights Act and has failed to take any action to protect the rights of minority voters. Instead, we see the President using his platform to promote unsubstantiated and false claims about vote fraud. What is most dangerous about the President's statement is the suggestion that government and law enforcement across the country are activating to prosecute voters. This is nothing more than an open and brazen attempt to use the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate minority voters, an old and familiar tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow era."
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