Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trumped!: Silencing vox populi

Following the venerable GOP strategy, Trumpers are attempting to unrig this election by suppressing the vote.
A Bloomberg Politics story out Thursday provided a rare behind-the-scenes look into the work of the Republican nominee’s strategy team, headed up by digital director Brad Parscale, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign CEO Steve Bannon.
According to Parscale, a political novice who has spearheaded the campaign’s sprawling social media and online fundraising efforts from the research team’s San Antonio, Texas headquarters, the campaign spends $100,000 on surveys and pumps out sophisticated daily simulations of the election.
“Nate Silver’s results have been similar to ours,” Parscale told Bloomberg, acknowledging that the campaign knows they’re lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the polls.
Silver’s 538 website's election forecast currently has Clinton with an 85.7 percent chance of winning the presidency, compared to 14.3 percent for Trump.
Armed with this knowledge, the campaign has essentially given up on attracting new voters, instead working to turn key Demographic groups against Clinton and rally its hardcore base of younger, populist, rural supporters.
We have three major voter suppression operations under way,” an unnamed senior campaign official told Bloomberg.[my bolding]
Of course they do. The way Trump and the GOP can reflect the voice of the people is by silencing it.

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