Supreme Court Nomination

October 13, 2020

Samantha Kupferman, West End Strategy Team; 202-215-9260

Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Refuses to Acknowledge That Voter Intimidation is Illegal

Evasive answer raises concerns as Trump campaign flirts with armed intimidation at polling locations

WASHINGTON — In response to a line of questioning from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer or acknowledge that voter intimidation at polling locations is illegal. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) recently partnered with Guns Down America to release a new report, Guns Down at the Polls: How State Can and Should Limit Firearms at Polling Places, on armed voter intimidation, highlighting the importance of laws that protect and keep voters safe in the voting booth.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement in response:

“Judge Barrett’s refusal to answer Senator Klobuchar’s line of questioning about voter intimidation is extremely concerning as Americans are already lining up for hours to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Voter intimidation and suppression should not be treated as legal hypotheticals. Whether it’s neglect for federal law regarding voter intimidation, threats or coercion, or it’s an attempt to hide her extreme judicial philosophy, Judge Barrett’s non-answer is disqualifying for a nominee to the highest court in the land. Against the backdrop of our current political environment, her response is even more frightening.

“The Trump campaign is amassing what they describe as an ‘army’ of poll watchers for Election Day. The president himself has told the “Proud Boys” and other extremist groups to ‘stand by’ in preparation. We’ve already seen intimidation by Trump supporters at early voting locations in areas of Virginia. There is a real concern that some of these ‘poll watchers’ could come to the polls armed with guns. Voter intimidation appears to be part of the gameplay for the Trump campaign. We have already seen a troubling militia plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer and Virginia Governor Northam.

“These attempts at voter intimidation are something that should be concerning to all Americans as we exercise the most precious right of American democracy.”

Horwitz is a national expert on insurrectionism and is the author of Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea, which explores how extremist insurrectionist ideology has been promoted and mainstreamed by the National Rifle Association and its allies in the far-right movement and the consequences for U.S. democracy.

CSGV released a video in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, with the message that we’re not safe in Donald Trump’s America.

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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

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