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America's 2018 mid-term elections…

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« Reply #50 on: November 07, 2018, 05:59:03 am »

from The Washington Post…

EDITORIAL: All the ugliness of the Trump campaign
is on display in Georgia

The president says Stacey Abrams is not qualified, but what he really means is she is not white.

By THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD | 7:46PM EDT — Monday, November 05, 2018

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the Longshoremen Union Hall during a “Get Out The Vote” rally in Savannah, Georgia. — Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Associated Press.
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the Longshoremen Union Hall during a “Get Out The Vote” rally
in Savannah, Georgia. — Photograph: Alyssa Pointer/Associated Press.

THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN for governor in Georgia has been marked by dehumanizing immigrant phobia, invidious vote suppression, conspiratorial accusations about Democratic vote tampering, and racism. In other words, it shows in microcosm the direction President Trump would take the GOP. We hope voters, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, in Georgia or beyond, repudiate this ugliness on Tuesday.

We lack the space and time to recite every vile attack against Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. Mr. Trump on said Sunday that she would turn Georgia “into a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens” as Democrats moved to “impose socialism and totally erase America’s borders.” Neither Ms. Abrams nor any other notable Democrat has proposed anything like this. These are lies, far outside the bounds of normal political hyperbole.

The president also said last Thursday that Ms. Abrams “is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia.” Ms. Abrams graduated from Yale Law School and worked her way up to become minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position she held for six years. She is not only more qualified than her opponent to be governor, she is more qualified than Mr. Trump to be president. What absence of qualification could Mr. Trump possibly have been referring to, other than that she is not white?

Meanwhile, the Trump-endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, Georgia's current secretary of state, won his primary election by showing off his gun collection and promising to round up “criminal” immigrants in the back of his truck. This, he said, makes him “a politically incorrect conservative.” No, it makes him a demagogue eager to take advantage of voter fears and prejudices. It is more than possible — though not in Trump-world — to oppose immigration without demonizing the millions of honest, hard-working immigrants who live among us.

Over the weekend, Mr. Kemp announced that his current office, which is responsible for managing state elections, launched an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia for an alleged attempt to breach the state's voting systems. The secretary of state's office provided the public no evidence, while reporters obtained emails suggesting Democrats were actually involved in raising concerns about a potential cyber vulnerability. Mr. Kemp appears to be abusing his position to advance anti-Democrat conspiracy theories.

This would be in keeping with Republican strategy nationwide of using fears of voter fraud — which is imaginary — as an excuse to make voting harder. Georgia has some of the country's most restrictive voting laws. Registrations that do not exactly match other government databases are put on hold and marked for eventual purging. A missed hyphen or alternate name spelling is enough. The Associated Press found that minority voters were disproportionately affected. The state's voter-ID requirements are also severe.

Republicans could have chosen to campaign on issues: tax cuts, deregulation, the whittling away of Obamacare. Instead, they opted for fearmongering and deck-stacking. That suggests that Mr. Kemp and the other Trump lap dogs around the country have little faith in the value or popularity of the policies they would impose.


• Editorials represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined through debate among members of the Editorial Board. The board includes: Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt; Deputy Editorial Page Editor Jackson Diehl; Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus; Associate Editorial Page Editor Jo-Ann Armao, who specializes in education and District affairs; Jonathan Capehart, who focuses on national politics; Lee Hockstader, who writes about immigration, and political and other issues affecting Virginia and Maryland; Charles Lane, who concentrates on economic policy, trade and globalization; Stephen Stromberg, who specializes in energy, the environment, public health and other federal policy; David Hoffman, who writes about foreign affairs and press freedom; Molly Roberts, who focuses on technology and society; and editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Op-ed editors Michael Larabee, Robert Gebelhoff and Mark Lasswell; letters editor Jamie Riley; international opinions editors Elias Lopez, Karen Attiah and Christian Caryl; international opinions writer Jason Rezaian; digital opinions editor James Downie; operations editor Becca Clemons; editor and writer Christine Emba; and digital producer and writer Mili Mitra also take part in board discussions. The board highlights issues it thinks are important and responds to news events, mindful of stands it has taken in previous editorials and principles that have animated Washington Post editorial boards over time. Articles in the news pages sometimes prompt ideas for editorials, but every editorial is based on original reporting. News reporters and editors never contribute to editorial board discussions, and editorial board members don't have any role in news coverage.

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