Harper Neidig, The Hill, December 22, 2020
The NAACP is accusing President Trump and the Republican Party of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act with their efforts to overturn election results in key battleground states.
The complaint accuses the campaign and the RNC of violating the 1871 law’s prohibition against “preventing by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President.”
The RNC did not immediately respond when asked for comment, but Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis said the case was without merit.
“Election integrity is about ensuring that every legal vote is counted and all illegal votes are not counted. This suit is baselessly attacking the Trump Campaign’s efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot for every American,” she said in a statememt.
The NAACP in its new lawsuit alleges that the effort illegally targeted areas with predominantly Black cities.