American democracy is unique—but not in the way many people think.
Ron Klain is a former Democratic political operative who is a lecturer at Harvard Law School. On Friday night, he appears on MSNBC with Brian Williams to discuss Republican voter suppression efforts in the 2018 midterm elections, such as the extensive attempts by Georgia Republican Brian Kemp to squash the black vote.
“Ours is the only democracy in the world that puts all these barriers up,” Klain said. “That requires people to register in advance of voting, that purges people from the registration rolls, that allows partisan election officials, both Democrats and Republicans, to run elections as opposed to neutral election experts.”
Klain then discussed the “craziest feature of all,” which involved Kemp, who appears to be eliminating his black opponent’s voting base so he can seize power.
“Not only do we have partisans running these elections, they get to run the elections even when they’re candidates,” he said. “That’s just a crazy system.”
Klain talked about a ruling that allowed North Dakota to disenfranchise native American voters by making it so anyone registered at a P.O. box can’t vote.
“We are the only democracy in the world where candidates try to win elections not by getting the most votes but by making it hard for voters to vote,” he said.
Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.
"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."
‘He believes he’s a king and a dictator’: Ex-GOP congressman backs impeaching ‘unfit conman’ Trump
President Donald Trump was blasted on MSNBC on Saturday by a former Republican congressman for being an "unfit conman."
Rev. Al Sharpton interviewed former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) about a recent New York Times op-ed he wrote calling for Trump to face a primary challenge from the right.
"There’s a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger," Walsh wrote. "I know a thing or two about insurgencies. I entered Congress in 2011 as an insurgent Tea Party Republican."
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."