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Brain freeze: Ben & Jerry's fighting state laws that keep everyone but wealthy, white people from voting

It would be hard to miss the weekly nature of each new Donald Trump scandal. News coverage of his comments about Miss Universe 1996 managed to stretch about five days, until that scandal was supplanted by the Billy Bush tapes and the emergence of several women who accused Trump of groping and sexual assault.


Despite detailed allegations of sexual misconduct dating back more than three decades, that seemingly campaign-ending scandal was pushed aside to free up column inches to cover the newest threat to America’s democratic process: Trump’s dangerous rhetoric about the election being rigged.

So … which is it? Hillary Clinton and her surrogates, including President Obama, have all pivoted to attack Trump over his claims of election rigging, which is of course ridiculous and would never happen — certainly not in numbers big enough to sway the election.

Now voter suppression, on the other hand, is another story. The threat is enough so that the Justice Department will be deploying election workers to 25 states. Not all 50 states, mind you, but 25 states: sounds like profiling at work.

Yes, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be working to make sure there’s no funny business at the polls. Maybe Bill Clinton will drop by on Election Day to chat about his golf game and the grandkids and lend a hand if needed.

With Lynch and crew on the case, there’s no need for Trump to dispatch his own monitors, who’d really be there only to intimidate voters, right? There’s no other explanation, is there?


The private sector is pitching in as well to help ensure everyone who wants to vote can vote. Skittles and Tic Tac made it clear they’re not comfortable being dragged into this election, but Ben & Jerry’s is going all in to make sure voter suppression efforts fail in their effort to keep everyone from voting except wealthy, white people, who do weird things like pay $5 for a pint of ice cream.

Signing a petition isn’t going to stop voter suppression, so what do Ben and Jerry want, anyway? The company’s teamed up with Color of Change to call for the Voting Rights Act to be reauthorized to prevent laws that “make it harder for people to vote – particularly Black people and their allies in the rising new majority such as young people, students, and other people of color.”



Looks like Ben & Jerry’s is prepared to eat any losses if that’s what it takes to stop those state laws that suppress the vote of the “rising new majority.”

To its credit, Ben & Jerry’s has prompted substantial discussion about voter fraud, and most seem to be firmly against it.

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