Republican Candidate Promises More Voter Purges in Michigan if Elected in November
Mary Treder Lang says she'll follow the lead of her GOP predecessor in making it harder to vote
It is indisputable that both of the following points are true statements:
When considered together, it is certainly possible to conclude that Trump might not have won Michigan -- and perhaps the White House -- if not for Michigan Republicans engaging in voter suppression techniques like purging voter rolls on a regular basis. But Michigan's Republican candidate for Secretary of State (SOS) took that logic a step further recently.
As Eclectablog reports, DeVos family acolyte Mary Treder Lang doesn't just think there is a connection between Trump's win and voter purging...she's sure of it, and she's promising to continue the practice if elected in November:
Lang said in an April 2018 podcast with Tea Partier “Trucker” Randy Bishop that without GOP-led voter purges that kicked legitimate Michigan voters off the rolls in 2016, “We wouldn’t have President Trump today as our great president, nor would we be a red state.”
Keep in mind that Michigan was the closest state in the 2016 election. Donald Trump only won by roughly 10,000 votes. Having a Republican SOS who is nakedly committed to tilting elections to the GOP could have far-reaching effects in the future.
This wasn’t a gaffe. Lang threw out this conspiracy theory in the May 2018 Lapeer Tea Party debate and said “God bless” current GOP Secretary of State for giving us Trump.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Democrats have perhaps the most qualified SOS candidate in the country in Jocelyn Benson. With your help, Benson can defeat Lang in November and start moving Michigan toward a fair voting process in 2020 that just might result in a different President of the United States.