White nationalist groups across the U.S. are signaling that they will mobilize their members to get out on election day to monitor polling places and discourage minority voters from casting their ballots.
As the Nov. 8 election nears, white supremacist leaders have been calling for their members to deploy legally murky methods to root out what they view as voter fraud, citing the warnings made by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Politico reports.
The movement is being coordinated by Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin, who has announced his intention of “sending an army of Alt-Right nationalists to watch the polls.”
Anglin’s Daily Stormer website and alt-right website TheRightStuff.Biz are working together to deploy election observers to diverse polling areas in battleground states such as Pennsylvania. They plan to plant cameras at these polling places to gather evidence of any voter fraud.
“If we see people voting in multiple locations the footage will be submitted to the [Federal Election Commission] as well as put out on social media to undermine the legitimacy of [Hillary] Clinton should she steal the election,” a representative of The Right Stuff wrote in an email.
The representative added that their organization plans to send teams “to the ghettos in Philly with [malt liquor] and weed to give out to the local residents, which we think will lead to more of them staying home.”
Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement has also announced his plans to deploy white nationalist poll watchers in all 50 states on election day.
Meanwhile, chairman William Johnson of the American Freedom Party, who advocates for the deportation of all nonwhite Americans, has stated that his followers plan on monitoring the polls through the Trump campaign.
“We have a lot of people that are involved with the get-out-the-vote through the various Trump organizations,” Johnson said, adding that his organization’s members plan to focus on Nevada.
Former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who is running for a Louisiana Senate seat, has also promised that Klan members will monitor “some of the more inner-city areas.”
Trump has been urging his supporters to go to polling places on election day and root out voter fraud. The business mogul’s critics have accused him of encouraging his supporters to intimidate people of color at the polls, The Washington Post reports.
“You’ve got to out, and you’ve got to get your friends … and you gotta watch the polling booths, because I hear too many stories about Pennsylvania, certain areas,” Trump told his supporters during a Pennsylvania rally Oct. 1. “I hear too many bad stories, and we can’t lose an election because of you know what I’m talking about.”
Democratic lawmakers have already filed lawsuits against the Trump campaign in Arizona, Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania, citing that poll watchers acting on the GOP nominee’s behalf are harassing minority voters at the early voting polls, a violation of the Voting Rights Act, Inquisitr reports.
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center warned Nov. 8 that the efforts of white nationalists to monitor the polls could incite violence. He added that their efforts would possibly backfire.
“If on the morning of Election Day it turns out that we have white supremacists standing around looking threatening at polling places, I think it would arouse anger,” Potok said. “People would vote just to prove they’re not being intimidated by these radical racists.”