Courtesy of CTV News:
One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s top re-election advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offence” in 2020 due to relaxed Election Day rules, according to an audio recording of a private event obtained by The Associated Press.
“Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places,” Justin Clark, a senior political adviser and senior counsel to Trump’s re-election campaign, said at the event. “Let’s start protecting our voters. We know where they are. … Let’s start playing offence a little bit. That’s what you’re going to see in 2020. It’s going to be a much bigger program, a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program.”
When confronted about this Clark suggested that his words had been taken out of context and that he had been referring to the false accusation that Republicans use voter suppression.
However later in the interview Clark also talked about the Trump campaign and RNC’s plans to monitor polling places on election day:
“We’ve all seen the tweets about voter fraud, blah, blah, blah,” Clark said. “Every time we’re in with him, he asks what are we doing about voter fraud? What are we doing about voter fraud?’ The point is he’s committed to this, he believes in it and he will do whatever it takes to make sure it’s successful.”
Clark said Trump’s campaign plans to focus on rural areas around mid-size cities like Eau Claire and Green Bay, areas he says where Democrats “cheat.” He did not explain what he meant by cheating and did not provide any examples.
“Cheating doesn’t just happen when you lose a county,” Clark said. “Cheating happens at the margin overall. What we’re going to be able to do, if we can recruit the bodies to do it, is focus on these places. That’s where our voters are.”
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Wisconsin.
Having these so-called “ballot security” monitors standing around who are likely to challenge voters of color when they come into a polling place is a tried and true GOP voter intimidation tactic.
So yeah, I think Clark was definitely heard admitting that the GOP relies on voter suppression to win elections.
Which, by the way, should certainly not come as news to most people.
Keep in mind that in 2018 Trump assigned Kris Kobach to head up the “Voting Integrity Commission” which closed down after finding zero evidence of widespread voter fraud.