Can you imagine how conservatives would react if a group of Black Panthers activists spent an entire day following around groups of Christian voters and filming their every move as they went to the polls?
That’s what right-wing propagandist James O’Keefe is doing on Tuesday in Philadelphia, as he and his crew are now tailing a bus that was set up by a black pastor to bring voters to the polls.
“So we’re behind this bus, which is like a pastor bus, busing people around to the polls in Philadelphia,” O’Keefe says in a video posted on Twitter. “And we’re going to be releasing video here today showing some people doing some improper things, busing people around, maybe they shouldn’t be doing it.”
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 8, 2016
Bradley Moss, an attorney who specializes in litigating national security matters, notes that O’Keefe seems to be clearly engaging in voter intimidation, as many people will feel unnerved having a car follow them around and film them as they go to vote.
Um, dude, intimidating voters is a crime. https://t.co/wgeOALWR6n
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 8, 2016
In fact, as the Washington Post’s guide on voting laws makes clear, the definition of voter intimidation includes when “a voter is being followed and photographed or has his license plate numbers recorded” — which is just what O’Keefe is doing in this video.
Nonetheless, O’Keefe promises that he and his Project Veritas goons are operating “undercover” across the country to expose the horrors of voter fraud in urban environments. While it’s unlikely they’ll turn up any “game-changing bombshells,” they will likely provide fodder for conspiracy theorists via deceptively edited videos.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.