People For the American Way

AAMIA Statement on Trump’s Efforts to Suppress African American Voter Turnout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2016

Contact: Laura Epstein or Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

Email: media@pfaw.org

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Trump’s campaign claims to be running “major voter suppression operations,” including one aimed at African American voters.

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi, director of the African American Ministers In Action at People For the American Way, released the following statement:

“Trump seems to have decided that if he can’t win fair and square, his best bet is to try and stop people from voting at all. That his team is bragging about trying to suppress African American voters shows just how little he respects our democracy and the people who make it up. Elected leaders, and those seeking to be elected, should be working to encourage more voters to participate in our political system, but Trump is trying to do exactly the opposite.

“Attempts to suppress voter turnout go against everything our country stands for. This exemplifies how low Trump is willing to go in his shameful campaign.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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