Democrats have been bitching for weeks about Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, referring to it as an “Election Suppression Commission.”
But when it comes to intimidating and suppressing voters, Democrats have had about 150 years of practice. Their latest efforts involve the strategy of lawfare — taking their political opponents to court in order to intimidate them into silence or inaction.
The most recent example is happening in California as the state Democratic Party is suing some young GOP activists for leading a recall effort against a legislator who voted for a massive gas tax increase.
The College Republicans were so good at their jobs that they gathered 85,000 signatures in just a few weeks. But the Democrats are claiming the youngsters lied to voters when they said a successful recall would result in the gas tax being rescinded.
Brooke Paz, who serves as Public Relations Director for the College Republicans told Daily Wire, “This lawsuit is a baseless attack on the character of hardworking and passionate activists, as well as a shameful intrusion on the democratic processes that are my right as an American citizen.”
“As we just celebrated the 241st anniversary of our independence, my God-given rights are being threatened by the California Democrats simply because they disagree with me and my colleagues,” Paz continued. “Our elected representatives are supposed to govern by the people and for the people. The people do not want higher taxes, and as proven by the incredible amount of signatures we’ve gathered for this recall petition, the people do not want Newman.”
Once Democrats in the state legislature realized that the recall petition was moving forward at a record pace, they scrambled to develop a number of subversive methods that would stop the lawful recall by the voters. Democrats, who hold a two-thirds supermajority in both the Assembly and Senate, and hold all eight statewide elected offices, worked to change the rules on signature verification, tried to alter contribution limits, and fought for legislation that would push the election further back.
Organizers of the recall told Daily Wire that the Democrat Party is desperate for any way to stop the election by any means necessary, which has a high likelihood of forcing Newman out of office only months into his first term.
Amanda McGuire, who is Vice-President of the College Republicans, asserted that “the lawsuit is a shameful and frantic attempt to silence voters of the district. The intimidation tactics espoused by the California Democrats should no longer be tolerated. It’s gone too far when college students are being dragged into court for becoming involved with the issues faced by their local cities. I’m proud to be a part of the party that fights to fix our government on every level.”
“This lawsuit is the definition of frivolous, and more than that, an obstruction of the very processes that every Californian should hold dear,” Ryan Hoskins, Secretary of the College Republicans said in a written statement. “By naming myself and my fellow club members as defendants on this lawsuit, the California Democrats are attempting to scare us into backing down from this signature gathering effort. They will not succeed in breaking our spirit, and with the support of the California Republican Party, we will fight it in the court of law.”
There is nothing “frivolous” about this lawsuit. The Democrats are deadly earnest. They aim to stifle opposition and intimidate opponents in order to maintain their dominance in state politics.
The young activists should not get discouraged. Eventually, the tides will shift and Republicans will rebound. And it will be their efforts that help propel the state GOP back to competitiveness.
But until then, California Democrats will continue to try to keep the Republican Party disorganized and dispirited. It’s what they do best. They’ve been at it since Reconstruction, when they invented their own special kind of “lawfare” to keep blacks from voting in the South.
The modern version is no less odious.