When counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance speaks, the country should listen.
That was particularly true on Saturday as Nance sounded the alarm about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest effort to block a package of election security bills.
During a discussion with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Nance said that if Russia successfully attacks the 2020 election – which McConnell is already helping make possible – then “it may be the last free and fair election” in the United States.
“You can actually see the political machinations, where one person is deciding whether American elections from now on and before will be free and fair,” Nance said.
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You can actually see the political machinations, where one person and a cabal of others are deciding whether American elections from now on or even before will be free and fair. This is not just voter suppression. We may have a circumstance where the electoral process is directly attacked, where foreign actors, whether it is North Korean intelligence, which has very robust cyber warfare capability and it’s in their interest to keep Donald Trump in office, the Chinese or again, Vladimir Putin and his entire Russian organ. The Republican Party defends them. They do not stand for the Constitution of the United States. If they attack this election, it may be the last free and fair election that we go into, which may come out with a corrupt result, which could fracture this nation.
Mitch McConnell is the enemy of free and fair elections
We’ve known for some time that it was Mitch McConnell, not Barack Obama, who refused to take a unified approach to fight Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
With the 2020 presidential campaign quickly approaching, the Senate majority leader is making it even more clear that politics and financial kickbacks are more important to him than defending American democracy.
Just this week, McConnell blocked a package of election security measures meant to safeguard U.S. elections from foreign attacks, particularly from Russia.
But, of course, those attacks will likely help a Republican president, Donald Trump, maintain his position in the White House and the Senate majority leader is okay with that.
Not to mention, Mitch McConnell doesn’t want to anger Russia, who is essentially paying him off to the tune of $200 million.
All of this is happening in plain view, and the consequences for American democracy have been and will continue to be disastrous.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.