The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is accusing President Trump and the GOP of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act in of their efforts to fight voter fraud and overturn the results of elections in battleground states.
In an amended lawsuit filed on the evening of December 21, the NAACP added the Ku Klux Klan Act to their lawsuit against the Trump campaign filed in November.
“Defendants’ efforts to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters — targeting cities with large Black populations, including Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia — repeat the worst abuses in our nation’s history, where Black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for most of the first two centuries of the Republic,” the new lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and a group of black Michigan voters. In the suit, the NAACP accuses the Trump campaign of violating the Voting Rights Act by trying to overturn Joe Biden‘s “victory.”
The new changes to the lawsuit also added the Republican National Committee (RNC) as a defendant in the case.
The NAACP is accusing the Trump campaign and the RNC of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act’s prohibition against “preventing by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President.”
The organization is also alleging that the effort to fight voter fraud illegally targets areas with predominantly Black cities.
“These systematic efforts–violations of the VRA and the Ku Klux Klan Act–have largely been directed at major metropolitan areas with large Black voter populations. Defendants have not directed these efforts at predominantly white areas,” the lawsuit reads.
Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis responded to the lawsuit, saying it was without merit.
“Election integrity is about ensuring that every legal vote is counted and all illegal votes are not counted. This suit is baselessly attacking the Trump Campaign’s efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot for every American,” Ellis said in a statement.