For those of you who tsk-tsk your host (that would be me, ya mugs) for exaggerating that the GOP is a thing of evil from top to bottom and are planning on cheating to create a fascist authoritarian dystopia and must be (electorally) destroyed, I enter into evidence:
The Republican National Committee has been relying on a stable of the party’s most prolific spreaders of false stolen-election theories to pilot a sweeping “election integrity” operation to recruit and coach thousands of poll workers in eight battleground states, according to new recordings of organizing summits held this spring in Florida and Pennsylvania obtained by POLITICO.
Yup, their train-the-trainers effort is for liars to train liars how to lie.
On the tapes, RNC National Election Integrity Director Josh Findlay repeatedly characterizes the committee’s role as supporting in-state coalitions — delivering staff, organization and “muscle” in key states to the person they identify as the quarterback of the effort to create a permanent workforce: Conservative elections attorney Cleta Mitchell, who was a central figure in former President Donald Trump’s legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election.
“Cleta Mitchell, she’s like the best election and election law expert out there. We’re not going to tell her what to do,” Findlay told a March 31 Pennsylvania session organized by Mitchell.
If Cleta Mitchell’s name is familiar to you, she is Justice Ginni Thomas’ BFF and partner in crime. Think of Cleta as Muttley to Ginni’s Dick Dastardly. Mitchell was on Hair Füror’s notorious phone call to Georgeduh to try to find 11K voters or so, to, you know, overthrow the election.
While Republicans have said the aim of their “election integrity” effort is to ensure there are well-trained poll workers during the next election, the recordings also feature Mitchell speaking openly about the need to challenge efforts by nonprofit groups aligned with Democrats to create a “new American majority” of young voters, people of color and unmarried women.
“It’s a place the left sees as a great target of opportunity, and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she said, referring to Democratic efforts to register voters from traditionally underrepresented voting blocs.
And so they are going to challenge young voters, people of color and unmarried women. Sounds about right.