Trump wants his Secret Service to ‘protect’ polling stations- Authorization has passed the House (Details)

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Trump has recently proposed that he should be able to dispatch the Secret Service to polling stations. Some states have come out to oppose the measure.

The authorization is included as a rider in a Homeland Security reauthorization bill. This bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is about to be assessed in the Senate.

Nineteen bipartisan secretaries of state have signed a letter asking the Senate to strip the rider from the bill. This letter was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“This is an alarming proposal which raises the possibility that armed federal agents will be patrolling neighborhood precincts and vote centers,” warned the letter to the Senate.

“There is no discernible need for federal secret service agents to intrude, at the direction of the president, who may also be a candidate in that election, into thousands of citadels where democracy is enshrined,” it continued.

The White House is not answering questions about the rider.

A spokeswoman for the Secret Service has said that the agency will not be used to patrol polling locations. She claimed that the Secret Service will only be present when they are with a protectee who is voting. The spokeswoman said they will not be permitted to conduct law enforcement.

Despite the statement from the Secret Service, their mission could change if they are directed to do so.

Democratic Massachusetts Secretary of State William Gavin said this proposal was “worthy Third World country.”

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“This is worthy of a Third World country,” said Galvin. “I’m not going to tolerate people showing up to our polling places. I would not want to have federal agents showing up in largely Hispanic areas.”

“The potential for mischief here is enormous,” he added.


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