Last Night, Trump Encouraged Rally Goers To Interfere In NH’s Democratic Primary
President Trump encouraged his supporters in New Hampshire to cross party lines and vote for the “weakest” candidate in Tuesday’s Democratic primary during a rally on Monday night, according to Newsweek.
In his first rally since being acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial, Trump appeared to advocate for “party raiding,” the process of sabotaging an opposing political party by voting for a “weak” candidate in their primary election.
“You have crossovers in primaries, don’t you? I hear a lot of Republicans tomorrow will vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats,” Trump told the crowd. “Does that make sense? My only problem is I’m trying to figure out who is their weakest candidate, I think they’re all weak.”
Later in the rally, Trump suggested that the crowd choose whoever they thought was the weakest candidate.
“If you want to vote for a weak candidate tomorrow, go ahead and pick on,” he said. “Pick the weakest one you think. I don’t know who it is.”
Party raiding is technically legal, but the Democratic primary in New Hampshire is only open to registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters.
While certain states do allow voters to choose which primary to vote in even if it is not for the party they are registered with, most states require that primary voters be registered. However, voters could potentially switch registration for the primary and switch back before the general election.
Sen. Bernie Sanders was leading in polls as of Monday night, with former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg close behind.
Trump warned the crowd that Democrats would “take away” guns and “wealth” if he were to lose the election and suggested that Republicans were trying to “save” health care, while the Democrats signature “Medicare for all” were actually attempts at taking it away.
“We’re saving your health care while these socialist Democrats are trying to take away your health care,” Trump said.