Republicans, increasingly worried about losing control of Congress, could rev up their ongoing voter suppression efforts in the final days before the 2018 midterm elections.
A loss of expected momentum has the GOP scrambling for its political life, as the party tosses lifelines to House candidates in districts that President Trump won in 2016, the Washington Post reported.
Republican strategists find themselves making tough choices about which struggling candidates to save and which ones to ignore. Political experts had long predicted that Democrats would retake the House. But after a series of political wins, the GOP saw a chance to stem the blue wave. However, Republicans now see their hope slipping away.
In desperation, the Republicans could step up their voter suppression efforts in key races.
Fresh off their victory in placing Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, some Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, boasted that their base was fired up and ready to keep the party in power.
There was indeed an upswing, but the momentum has fizzled, according to the Post. Added to that, Trump and his party face a surge of criticism and blame for inspiring the recent mail bomb attacks on prominent Democrats, as well as the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Republicans are scrambling, using every trick in the book to retain control of Congress and state governments. Suppression efforts targeting Black voters have already been seen in Georgia, where Stacey Abrams could make history as the first African-American female governor. Voting rights advocates joined a lawsuit against Georgia election officials for the unusually high rate of absentee mail ballot rejects.
On Monday, former President Jimmy Carter urged Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to recuse himself from overseeing the state’s elections. Kemp is competing against Abrams for governor and has come under fire for alleged voter suppression. But Kemp continued to decline calls to step down.
Voting rights groups are prepared for a surge in suppression efforts and urge voters to know their rights. Signs of voter intimidation include aggressive questioning about voting qualifications from poll workers and harassment that targets specific racial or ethnic groups, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Megyn Kelly Wonders What's Wrong With Blackface. The Internet Let Her Know
1. Don't forget how NBC treated Tamron Hall and Al Roker
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NBC cancelled the 9am hour of the Today Show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker so Megyn Kelly, who gets paid more than twice their combined salaries, can do this. https://t.co/yINbQ8wptr— jason c. (@netw3rk) October 23, 2018
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I thought this might have been an exaggeration, but no, Megyn Kelly is really doing a “I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface” https://t.co/xtECr43UMg— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 23, 2018
3. White privilege
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Don't you love how Megyn Kelly:— Elon James White #ADDcheckin (@elonjames) October 23, 2018
1) Thinks Black Face is the same as if a Black person put on make up to look white. Power dynamics? Meh.
2) Says that it was okay to do that when she was a kid.
Megyn? It was never okay. That's your white privilege talking.
4. No one told Megyn Kelly she was wrongSource: 4 of 16
5. Honest thoughtsSource: 5 of 16
6. Religious take
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Megyn Kelly:— Gary (@BlackerTheGary) October 23, 2018
“Santa is white”
“Jesus is white”
“I don’t see what’s so offensive about blackface”
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Great Megyn Kelly costume. pic.twitter.com/dOziMbWzfH— Thick Cave & the Bad Tweets™ (@TimDuffy) October 23, 2018
8. Blame in on Trump
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I think for what is going on with this administration and all of the racist people out there and many incidents that people have encounter due to racism Megyn Kelly just open another can of worms with her comment. pic.twitter.com/ED9asvHPEF— The Atheist Geek (@geek_atheist) October 23, 2018
9. This is par for the course for Megyn Kelly
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1. Going back to her days at Fox News Megyn Kelly has had a history of being racially/culturally incompetent and unaware 2. Keep in mind NBC dumped the 9am hr of The Today show hosted by Tamron Hall and Al Roker in favor Megyn Kelly and this kind of foolishness and ignorance. https://t.co/cURaIxZyPh— BrotherJR aka Brotha Wakanda (@BrotherJR76) October 23, 2018
10. SarcasmSource: 10 of 16
11. The apologetic Black person chimes inSource: 11 of 16
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Black people: “When white people wear blackface we find it incredibly hurtful to us. It’s racist and we hope you all can see that.”— Setoiyo (@Setoiyo1) October 23, 2018
Megyn Kelly: https://t.co/B2OXvPO1zN
13. Megyn Kelly: White people are "normal people"
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Megyn Kelly can't understand what's so offensive about blackface then says: "I can't keep up with the number of people we're offending just by being, like, normal people."@megynkelly: 1. You've never been black 2. This isn't "normal," it's white privilege and it's embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/tHPjulPZ1P— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 23, 2018
14. Black folks' collective side-eye
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Megyn Kelly: “What’s wrong with blackface?”— JaiHawkFLY (@JaiHawkFly) October 23, 2018
15. A history lessonSource: 15 of 16
16. The ironySource: 16 of 16
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