This is rather nice of the ACLU to spend $30 million to make sure the eventual Democrat nominee is unelectable in 2020:
NEW: The @ACLU is planning to spend $30 million on 2020.
They want candidates to commit to a platform including:
-a 50% reduction in the federal prison population.
-allowing the incarcerated to vote.
-a 75% reduction in immigration detention.https://t.co/nNs3jnUrdN
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) March 31, 2019
Its plan for the 2020 election, which it will unveil at a press conference on Sunday afternoon in New Hampshire, involves marshaling its thousands of members in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina to pressure candidates on a host of potentially politically thorny questions about civil liberties at town halls and candidate forums.
“If we can get a big number of candidates to commit in a clear and unequivocal way to certain civil rights and civil liberties positions, that would be a win,” said Ronald Newman, the group’s interim national political director. (The previous political director, Faiz Shakir, is now Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager.)
Letting inmates vote on laws that could potentially overturn their convictions. What could go wrong?
Allowing the incarcerated to vote is a sure loser that could doom every other goal on the agenda. Telling Mrs. Grundy that you're allowing her mugger to vote while he's in prison and before he's paid back his debt to her and to society will not work out well.
— Dave Dickinson (@EveningStarNM) April 1, 2019
Will Dems even support this?
I have to say, as a life long Dem, I have trouble with these goals. There are some very unsavory ways to reach them. The ACLU should be a bit clearer.
— Mod E. Rate (@psharoff) March 31, 2019
They’re also pushing for abortion rights:
Help us put candidates on notice as early as possible.
This year we're voting FOR:
✓ Voting rights
✓ Abortion access
✓ Immigrants' rights
✓ Ending mass incarceration
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 31, 2019
Just spent the last two days with 70 excited @ACLU organizers across the South who will work to ensue that our Presidential candidates commit to defending and expanding civil liberties and rights for all. #RightsforAllSC#SmartJustice @ACLU_SC pic.twitter.com/YPaoSRj0N0
— Dasheika Ruffin (@DasheikaRuffin) March 31, 2019