Critics say Trump supporters staging event at early voting site in Virginia aimed to intimidate and suppress

Critics say Trump supporters staging event at early voting site in Virginia aimed to intimidate and suppress

A day after the cable news channels carried images of Election Day–length lines at some polling places in suburban Virginia, and elsewhere, on the opening day of the early voting period, a Washington, D.C., photographer and filmmaker posted footage of demonstrators apparently seeking to block access to a voting site in Fairfax, Va., some of them waving Trump flags, Trump-Pence signs and other paraphernalia, with masks said to be a rarity, reportedly causing contagion concern among some turning up at the polling place to vote:

At the site on Saturday, chants of “Four more years” appeared at least occasionally to be met by a competing “No more years,” while online observers expressed outrage and disappointment:

The state Republican Party appeared to remark derisively of those complaining that not only might the pro-Trump demonstration and signage be a violation of electioneering rules but that the group may have intended to limit access or deter voters, suggesting on Twitter that a “waaaambulance” should be called:



Observers, including the chairman of the county Democratic Party organization, ultimately reported that those queueing for the chance to cast their ballots were moved inside — potentially elevating coronavirus contagion risk — and that the demonstrators dispersed when a security detail appeared on the scene.


Originally published on MarketWatch

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