How to Stop the Trump Presidency
The president is taking a number of steps to shore up support in the early states, including taking some steps to keep young people from turning out in large numbers.
New York Magazine’s Michael Calderone reports.
He has tapped into the anger of young voters by banning people under 30 from voting in primaries.
This decision was met with criticism by young voters, many of whom are expected to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
“We can’t go back to the old ways, where you can go in and vote at a younger age,” said Zachary M. Schmitt, 25, a senior at University of Pittsburgh who is planning to vote in the primary.
The policy has also caused controversy.
Some conservatives argue it’s too punitive and could encourage young people to abandon the Republican Party in favor of the Democrats.
A new poll released Friday by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shows a slim majority of likely voters surveyed believe voting should be a civic duty for young people, with nearly four-in-ten respondents saying it should be the “top priority” of the next president.
While some states have adopted stricter voter ID laws in the wake of the election, some Republican governors have also pushed back against efforts to restrict voting access.
In Iowa, the GOP-led legislature passed a law requiring a photo ID card for voting and making it easier to get a driver’s license.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said he believes young people who might turn out to vote might be “stealing the party’s thunder” and “trying to push us into the Democrats.”
“They’re going to be the first to tell you that we don’t want them to vote,” Branstad told local TV station KCCI.
But the Republican governor’s position has not been met with widespread bipartisan support.
Republicans have also introduced a slew of voter ID bills in states like Kansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Some of these measures have already been challenged in court.
Branstad said that he believes voting will be “the most important issue of the year.”
The Republican Governors Association has argued that the new law will help Republican states win primaries by making it harder for Democratic candidates to win, which they say would help Democrats and prevent Republicans from gaining an advantage in the general election.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that Republicans are “not going to stop” voter ID because it’s “not a national priority.”
“This is an issue of state pride,” Priebus told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
“It’s not a national issue.
It’s a local issue.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at the New Hampshire State Fairgrounds on November 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
At a rally in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders for “failing to address the serious problems with voter suppression, voting laws, voter ID and the like” in his state.
On Friday, Trump told The New York Times that his campaign had “been in touch with Republican state leaders” in Iowa to urge them to pass voter ID legislation.
“[T]here are a lot of Republicans in Iowa, it’s not just one state,” Trump said.
“I think it’s going to make a difference.”
He also told MSNBC that “I would never, ever say, ‘We’re not going to do it,’ but we’re going take care of it.”
In a recent interview with ABC News, the president also defended the decision to ban people under 31 from voting.
Trump said the policy was necessary to help “protect the American voter,” and he added that he believed voting should not be a partisan issue.
He said the country was in a “post-fact era” and that people had been “very upset” that the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, was a former secretary of state.
“This is a very different day than we were a few months ago,” Trump told ABC News.
“There’s a lot more anger, a lot less civility.”