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'It was great': In leaked audio, Trump hailed low Black turnout in 2016 - 2020-08-21

F0.png 'It was great': In leaked audio, Trump hailed low Black turnout in 2016 August 21, 2020, Alex Isenstadt, Politico

Trump has repeatedly alleged, without evidence, that expanding mail-in voting will lead to massive fraud, and Republicans have filed lawsuits against a number of states attempting to do so. Higher voter turnout tends to benefit Democrats — low turnout among Black voters in key states is one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in 2016. And voting rights activists have warned that GOP efforts to limit access to absentee ballots could keep many from voting this fall, particularly Black people, seniors and others at high risk from Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic was not on anyone's radar on Jan. 16, 2017, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Trump hosted the meeting with leaders from the Drum Major Institute, a voting rights group founded by King and fellow civil rights leader Harry Wachtel. But voting access was. The meeting was requested to lobby Trump on a proposal to put photo identification on Social Security cards to combat voter ID laws.

Attendees included Martin Luther King III, William Wachtel, James Forbes, Johnny Mack and Scott Rechler. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young briefly spoke to Trump by phone during the meeting.

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{{cite news | first = Alex | last = Isenstadt | title = 'It was great': In leaked audio, Trump hailed low Black turnout in 2016 | url = https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/21/trump-black-voters-turnout-2016-398520 | work = Politico | date = August 21, 2020 | accessdate = September 24, 2020 }}