So, without reading NBC News’ piece on President Trump targeting black election workers, we’re going to guess their source is either a “nonpartisan” Democratic strategist or some loony university professor somewhere.
How Brenda Snipes and other black election workers got falsely targeted by President Trump. https://t.co/MmwqQ0qjl9
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 24, 2018
OK, we’ve read the piece and we were half-right; NBC News used as its sources two loony university professors, not just one:
“What is going on, all these many unfortunate days after Election Day, is the counting of provisional absentee and mail-in ballots and those cast on Election Day, which by law are all supposed to be counted,” said Carol Anderson, during the recount. Anderson is a professor of African-American Studies at Emory University and author of the book “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.” “What you see Trump and Rick Scott and other Republicans doing here is counting on the power of racism to serve as fact. Racism serves to erase actual fact and to pollute reality.”
Let’s clean out the pollution and get straight to the reality: Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis won. And Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes finally resigned after this year’s midterm debacle there — must be racism.
Here’s some more straight-up reporting from NBC News:
Trump has simply borrowed from a playbook dating back to the period just after the Civil War, Anderson said, referring to a time when black voter involvement in elections began to be described as inherently likely to produce fraudulent outcomes. White Democrats, mostly in the South, often described black Americans as ill-suited to participate in democracy.
It’s a set of tactics and ideas that have been renewed with gusto. Since 2000, Republicans have embraced the same notions, claiming that voter ID and other measures which tend to restrict minority voter access must be in place to conduct secure elections.
“Which tend to restrict minority voter access” … prove it. You’re the reporters; prove that voter ID restricts minorities from voting.
Since when did @NBCNews start writing press releases for the DNC?
This isn't even labeled an opinion piece. https://t.co/zj5ufeUv2k
— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) November 24, 2018
"Falsely" – https://t.co/bJvjIM5VkV
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) November 24, 2018
The way she has poorly handled elections, not just this election but past elections, is well documented and noted factually. She hasn’t been falsely accused because of her race, she’s been rightfully accused because of her track record. Grow the hell up NBC.
— Tyler Koss (@koss_tyler) November 24, 2018
Florida here. Agree. Gross incompetence for years.
— Foster's Mom (@isabellablanc) November 24, 2018
Still trying to change the narrative. Brenda Snipes has always screwed the elections up and you know it. Do not bring race or Trump into this.
— DJ Mack (@DaleJMack) November 24, 2018
She was the definition of incompetence. The colour of her skin had nothing to do with it
— HabsFan (@lennydogin) November 24, 2018
She was not targeted by ANYONE!!! She is a felon who was responsible for ensuring the proper oversight for the most basic part of our democracy. She mismanaged it. Her race has nothing to do with it and shame on you for implying that.
— This Really Happens (@teaching4reals) November 24, 2018
You are creating an issue. No one mentioned color. Shame on you.
— EMC (@EMAC1030) November 24, 2018
Hey NBC let’s just have a lower standard because that’s what you’re advocating. Why do we have the same problem year after year in the same parts of the country ? She made herself a target ?
— MJP Vette (@MadVette001) November 24, 2018
Maybe Florida's never ending saga of crappy election management made her a target?
— ? The PissedOffTreeRat ?? (@PissedTree) November 24, 2018
JFC… she was terrible at her job at best, willfully negligent and deliberately harmful at worst.
We're talking a decade worth of malfeasance.
Criticized by both major parties.
Not everything is about race, you idiots.
— Captain Tendertosterone (@thepocketgeek) November 24, 2018
Fact: Trump didn’t target these folks! He pointed out their unusual incompetence. Anyone with common sense can see there was gross negligence in handling Broward county elections. Calling this out isn’t racism or bullying. Hold your elected officials responsible (right and left)
— Chance (@moxiefastmedia) November 24, 2018
It wasn't Trump. It was voters who saw their elections getting stolen. Check that.
— Rubio_Francisco (@RubioFrancisc12) November 24, 2018
I'm thinking it had more to do with their incompetence, but nice race baiting
— cat456 (@kidcat4562) November 24, 2018
Is this an editorial? Because it is definitely not a “news story”
— Joel Bussjaeger (@JoelBussjaeger) November 24, 2018
Brenda Snipes is the hill time that NBC wants to die on? Roger that.
— Nick (@TheNumba1Guy) November 24, 2018
She violated multiple election laws… that isn't "falsely targeted".
Unless you think breaking the law is entirely reasonable.
Do Emory Professors now think breaking the law is legal?
That's even dumber than I thought they were… amazing.
— Bert Difig (@BertDifig1) November 24, 2018
Your bringing race into this is disgraceful. Her race is irrelevant. She has a long court documented history of incompetence.
— Dave (@Dave_in_718) November 24, 2018
Stir the pot nbc pic.twitter.com/yJN7c9Lh4A
— Craig Wilson (@cwil88) November 24, 2018
— Bones Standish (@bones_mckinney) November 24, 2018
By the way, we read the whole piece to learn the identities of these “other black election workers” Trump targeted, but the only name we found was Brenda Snipes. Huh. Was the election worker who misplaced more than 2,000 ballots black? Does it matter?
UNREAL! Headlines spell YEARS and YEARS of fraud for Broward County Sup. of Elections, Brenda Snipes https://t.co/PHqzgzf4pn
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 9, 2018