Make no mistake: he’s a Trump plant

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He’s attractive, articulate, seems to have impeccable liberal credentials, and he’s encouraging people to #WalkAway from the Democratic party because of their “disastrous” policy and rhetoric. According to Celia Farber, Brandon Straka is a liberal who is now a Trump supporter.

“I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth,” he said. ““I reject hate.”

So he’s voting for Trump?

He seems almost too good to be true for Republicans. But as my grandmother always said, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Make no mistake about it. Brandon Straka is a fraud being perpetrated upon liberals by the Republicans. He claims to be a regular guy, a hard-working hair dresser. In fact, he is an actor who is likely on the Republican payroll.

If you think I’m being paranoid, consider the following facts. Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a lifelong Republican political activist, recently posted pictures of African-Americans who were leaving the Democratic party. It turns out, however, that the pictures were all stock photos of models who had no idea for what purpose their pictures were used.

A Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Montana, a state where Democrat John Tester faces one of the toughest re-election campaigns in the country, has been outed as a Republican operative who had previously been on the state party’s payroll.

In North Carolina, one of the swingingest of swing states, the Republican party helped Green party candidates get onto the ballot.

This is not some theoretical issue. In the recent Congressional special election in Ohio’s 12th district, if Democrat Danny O’Connor ultimately loses, the difference in vote between him and Republican Troy Balderson will likely be less than the number of votes cast for the Green party candidate. If the Republican House votes to stop the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the election, anyone who voted for the so-called progressive Green party candidate would have helped the Republicans accomplish that goal.

Similarly, in many states where Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton, the difference between the two would have been more than made up by the people who voted for Jill Stein. So we have those “progressives” to thank for the Trump tax cut for the rich and his appointments to the Supreme Court. And the people who voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 are responsible, in part, for our endless and pointless war in Iraq, and all the people who died as a result. As they say, elections have consequences.

The fact is that the Republicans have a serious long-term problem: their base of support is rapidly becoming a smaller and smaller minority of the vote. In the meantime, Democrats increasingly appeal to the growing segments of our population: members of minority groups, the college educated, among others.

The result has been that the Republicans know they cannot win a fair election. Instead, they must cheat. We all know about the Russians helping out Trump, but we forget about the gerrymandering, the vote suppression, the long lines at Democratic polling locations, the unavailability of translaters at polls in ethnic communities, efforts to assist the Green Party to split the progressive vote, and now fake “movements” promoted in social media to convince people that liberals are abandoning the Democratic party.

Most of these fake efforts will fail. Most liberals are too smart to be fooled by them. As we have seen in Ohio, however, it only takes a few liberals to believe the false claim that the real progressive choice is not the Democrat, and the Republicans stand a chance to win where they otherwise would lose.

Mike is an Assistant Professor of Management for Legal and Ethical Studies at Oakland U. Mike combines his scholarship with practical experience in politics.

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