As Election Day is approaching, white nationalists are planning to come out in force to “watch” the polls and to try to keep non-Trump supporters home.
Neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin and website “the Right Stuff” have said that they will set up poll watchers in all 50 states and bragged about setting up hidden cameras in Philadelphia. They also said that they would hand out marijuana and liquor in the “ghetto” to try to induce voters in minority neighborhoods to stay home.
A representative for “the Right Stuff” explained how they would conduct their hidden camera work: “Many polling locations are in schools, and black schools are so disorderly that pretty much any official-looking white person with a clipboard can gain access to them ahead of time and set up a hidden camera. You don’t really ever even have to speak with an adult. Simply walk in like you belong there and no one even asks you why you are there. So we usually go in teams of two, one person driving and one person dressed as a blue collar worker with a clipboard, and we set up a hidden camera in the school cafeteria. Go during lunchtime and the teachers are all so busy trying to contain the kids that no one says anything. We already have a few set up.”
“We also have some teams going in to the ghettos in Philly with 40s and weed to give out to the local residents, which we think will lead to more of them staying home. We have had success with this in the past,” the representative wrote.
The National Socialist Movement, the KKK, and the white nationalist American Freedom Party are also all deploying members to watch polls. The Oath Keepers, a group of former law enforcement and military members who are often seen to be publicly armed, has told members to go undercover to watch polls. With so many coming out in force to prevent the “rigged” election that Donald Trump has been preaching, there is real potential for violence and intimidation.
“The possibility of violence on or around Election Day is very real,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Donald Trump has been telling his supporters for weeks and weeks and weeks now that they are about to have the election stolen from them by evil forces on behalf of the elites.”
But, Potok says, all their efforts could very well 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,” he said. “People would vote just to prove they’re not being intimidated by these radical racists.”