The race for control of the Georgia Governor’s seat has been tight and contentious, particularly since the voter suppression activities of the Republican candidate, current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, have been brought to light and at least partially counteracted by court rulings overturning his clumsy efforts to purge the voter rolls of entire groups of people who would be more likely to vote for his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Today in a desperate last-minute attempt to turn the tide that has been rising against him, Kemp made a move that’s straight out of the playbook of Donald Trump and, as it turns out, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels who articulated the strategy as:
“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.”
In a transparently political stunt, Kemp announced today, without offering a shred of evidence, that he had opened an inquiry into the Democratic Party of Georgia after “a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system,” an accusation that Democratic Party leaders immediately denounced as false and an abuse of his power as both overseer of the election in his current state government role and as a candidate who should have recused himself of anything to do with the election, according to The New York Times.
Noted media intelligence and foreign policy analyst and author Malcolm Nance saw the news this morning and felt compelled to offer a dire warning about the accusations of election hacking and exactly who might be behind the attempts if they indeed prove to have taken place.
Georgia Assessment: I’ve been warning for 10 months that Russia will make whatever happens look like it benefits the Democrats or carried out by the Democrats. This accusation requires the @FBI not the @GBI_GA. #Vote & #BlowOutTheMargins https://t.co/ZZOBJD9yXe
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) November 4, 2018
Nance’s pointing at possible Russian involvement not only displays his vast knowledge of Kremlin attacks on our electoral system, a knowledge that he amply demonstrated in his recent book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West, but also his shrewd analysis of the Republican tactics under Trump’s leadership and example.
Kemp is doing exactly the same thing that Trump did during his campaign by trying to preempt criticism of his actions by following Goebbels’ dictum of accusing the other side of doing exactly what you are most guilty of. Hence, Trump’s accusations that it was Hillary Clinton, not him, who colluded with Russia and his giving his primary opponent the nickname “Lying Ted Cruz.”
The sad thing about this tried and true Nazi-inspired tactic is that it requires no factual basis to be effective. The vast majority of people will read the headline or hear the soundbite on the news and fail to do the follow-up to get the details of the truth or falsity of the accusations. In a race this tight, a last-minute attack such as this can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Don’t let Kemp and his Republican cronies get away with this outrageous and despicable move. Get out and vote for Stacey Abrams! You can bring honesty and respectability back into Georgia politics and send a message to President Trump that his constant barrage of lies and subterfuge will not destroy our democracy. It’s all on your shoulders now!
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Original reporting by Alan Blinder and Richard Fausset at The New York Times.