Leftward media bias is nothing new but as we close in on election day it can get a lot more shameless. UK based news site The Guardian is especially two faced.
Using a provocative picture of an arm tattooed with “We the People” resting on a holstered pistol, The Guardian breathlessly reported today on how the “Specter of election day violence looms as Trump spurs vigilante poll watchers.”
Specter of election day violence looms as Trump spurs vigilante poll watchers https://t.co/vsZrHMgr4C
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 5, 2016
Republican leaders in some battleground states are reporting a surge of volunteers signing up to serve as official poll watchers, and in an unprecedented move, the Trump campaign itself has since August been requesting that volunteers sign up as “election observers” to “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!”. Stone, meanwhile, has said he has helped recruit people to do “exit polls” to tackle voter fraud.
Citizens watching the polls? Exit polling? Why it’s like Nazi Germany or something. Or so The Guardian would have you think.
The nation’s most prominent anti-government militia and a neo-Nazi group have also announced plans to send their members to monitor for voter fraud outside the polls.
Unidentified in the article are those who have experienced fear about guns being carried to intimidate voters in response to the lack of evidence of any organized effort to do so.
There have been fears that some individuals may be present with guns outside polling stations to intimidate voters in states with open carry laws. However, there is no evidence of groups, or advocates who disagree with Clinton’s stance on firearms regulation, organizing such attempts.
Americans watching polls in an attempt to prevent voter fraud is also apparently unconstitutional according to NAACP president Cornell William Brooks.
“We can’t view this as anything other than civic bullying,” said Brooks, who branded some of these unofficial poll-watching efforts as “civically unconscionable, and certainly legally unconstitutional.”
The article actually says that the unnamed “fringe groups” are to avoid confrontations.
The fringe groups that have announced plans to monitor for voter fraud said their members should be dressed in plainclothes and quietly watching for illegal behavior – not engaging in confrontations.
Why, that’s absolutely terrifying. The article goes on and on citing fears of violence while providing no evidence that any violence is imminent. Poll watching isn’t exactly something
How did the same news outlet report on the clear evidence that Democrat operatives caught on tape planning voter fraud and claiming responsibility for instigating actual violence at Trump rallies? This evidence was brought to light by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas just last month and cited by Trump on the campaign trail. The Guardian published information about the O’Keefe investigation in an article headlined “The lies Trump told this week.”
The “documentary” Trump alludes to is a 16-minute, heavily edited video released by James O’Keefe, a conservative activist whose tactics led to a misdemeanor conviction in 2010 and whose organization was paid $10,000 by the Trump Foundation last year.
In the video, a Democratic activist named Scott Foval, working as a contractor for a consultant named Robert Creamer, appears to discuss recruiting protesters to disrupt Trump events.
The heavily edited video has Foval speaking approvingly of goading Trump supporters to “freak the f*ck out” and discussing “conflict engagement in, in the lines at Trump rallies”, adding: “We’re starting anarchy here. If you’re there and you’re protesting and you do these actions, you will be attacked at Trump rallies.
“That’s what we want. The whole point of it is, we know Trump’s people will freak the f*ck out, the security team will freak out, and his supporters will lose their sh*t.”
He mentions “a script of engagement” and “agitator training”, but does not talk about committing violence.
The article twice uses the big lie that O’Keefe only releases “heavily edited” videos and dismisses the unmistakable admission by Democrat operatives that they intentionally instigate violence and confrontation.
Trump’s claim conflates quotes into a large, sinister story, but we lack facts to actually support most of it and the heavy editing of the video forces viewers to draw their own conclusions. There might be more to this story, but neither O’Keefe or Trump have shown clear proof for it.
Meanwhile The Guardian publishes articles conflating the complete lack of evidence for any violence from the right with reasons to be afraid. Pathetic.