Read time: 2 minutes

Kilmeade: 'The Best Thing' Poll Watchers Can Do Is 'Intimidate People'

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that the "best thing" that the presidential campaigns could do would be to send poll watchers to "intimidate people into playing it straight." Appearing on Fox & Friends on the Monday before
8 years ago by David
Views:

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday suggested that the "best thing" that the presidential campaigns could do would be to send poll watchers to "intimidate people into playing it straight."

Appearing on Fox & Friends on the Monday before election day, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano explained that campaign lawyers had found "ingenuous ways to challenge things."

"So no matter how well it's going, no matter how smoothly it looks, whoever's losing has an opportunity to make a challenge," Napolitano said. "The Democrats will say, 'Republican poll workers wouldn't let people who are authorized to vote, vote.' And Republicans will say, 'Democrats are voting twice. They also have people voting who aren't authorized to vote.' And the courts are not going to be able to resolve this on Tuesday night."

Kilmeade replied: "So, if you have presence there, if you're a Republican, if you're a Romney or Obama people, Republican on Democrat, the best thing you can do is to have a presence there to show -- maybe intimidate people into playing it straight. Correct?"

"Well, intimidation is actually [a crime]," Napolitano point out.

"Not intimidation," Kilmeade said. "Just go, 'Oh, that guy's over here and..."

"I'm watching," co-host Steve Doocy added.

Napolitano noted that most states allowed three poll watchers from each party at each polling place, but "the only way there won't be all this litigation is if one of them wins by substantial numbers in given states."

"And these are poll watchers, not dancers," Kilmeade concluded.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 made it a crime to "intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any" voter.

Title 18 U.S.C. 594 specifies fines and/or jail time for "[w]hoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose."

(h/t: Mediaite)

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team