The Racist Republican Party Has Nothing Left But Voter Suppression

At this critical moment there is something you can do

Thom Hartmann

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It’s no coincidence that in this same month that Republican state legislatures have introduced over 250 proposed laws to make it harder for people to vote, Arizona Republicans are also standing before the US Supreme Court trying to make voting more complicated, as well.

There’s a long and largely hidden history here.

It was in Arizona back in the 1960s that Republican operative and local lawyer William Rehnquist helped launch Operation Eagle Eye, a program where large, physically intimidating Republican lawyers would show up at polling places heavily frequented by Hispanic and Native American voters and loudly challenge their right to vote.

Ranquest was perfect for the job, standing at 6’3” and over 200 pounds, and he delighted in chasing away brown-skinned would-be voters. The program, under that name and others, quickly grew all across the American South in the spirit of the old Jim Crow voter challenges of the late 1800s, and Rehnquist’s role made him such a rising Republican star that he ended up Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court several decades later.

The latest slick little trick in Arizona is to assign people to one, singular voting…

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Thom Hartmann

America’s #1 progressive talk show host & NY Times bestselling author. Thom’s writings also appear at HartmannReport.com.