Election 2024

Trump supporters are now sending threatening letters to get people to vote for him

Apr 18, 2024; New York, NY, USA; Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom during his trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. April 18, 2024. Mandatory Credit: Brendan McDermid/Pool via USA TODAY NETWORK
Trump during his 2024 hush money trial Photo: Brendan McDermid/Pool via USA TODAY NETWORK

“We see you haven’t voted yet. Your voting record is public,” a recent mailer to Texas Republicans says. “Your neighbors are watching and will know if you miss this critical runoff election. We will notify President Trump if you don’t vote. You can’t afford to have that on your record.”

The mailer, which says it was sent by “The America First Conservatives Election Department,” showed up to voters leading up to the state’s May 28 primary election. Trump is likely to win the primary regardless – his opponents have all dropped out of the primary – but the mailer still strikes an ominous tone.

It adds, “We will contact you after the election to make sure you voted. Please don’t make us report you to President Trump! We are sending an official list of Republicans who fail to vote in the upcoming runoff to President Trump. Public records show that YOU HAVE NOT VOTED. President Trump will be VERY DISAPPOINTED.”

One Reddit commenter called the mailer “voter intimidation.” Another said the mailer made it clear that conservatives are “embracing fascism,” and yet another said, “This is one of the most authoritarian dystopian 1984 things I’ve ever seen,” a reference to George Orwell’s 1984, a book about a fascist government that spies on its own citizens and punishes those who actions do not align with the political orthodoxy.

Reddit screenshot The Texas mailer in question

The mailer appeared just days after Trump said that, if he wins the 2024 presidential election, he would consider nominating the anti-LGBTQ+Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for U.S. attorney general. Paxton is a Trump loyalist who aided Trump’s baseless attempts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Paxton spoke at Trump’s January 6, 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally, which later turned into an attempted coup at the Capitol that injured over 112 police officers and resulted in five deaths. Paxton also filed several unsuccessful lawsuits challenging Trump’s 2020 election loss in four battleground states, The Texas Tribune reported. The Texas Bar Association currently has a lawsuit filed against Paxton for the baseless lawsuits.

Paxton was also one of several notable Republicans who showed up at Trump’s Manhattan trial regarding his alleged hush money payments to hide his alleged extramarital affair with adult video star Stormy Daniels.

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