Russia Formally Seeks To “Monitor” US Polling Stations

USA Today reports:

In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump’s claims of a “rigged” presidential election, Russia sought to send monitors to U.S. polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, Russian media revealed Thursday.

The bid was sharply rebuffed by the State Department, and one state election official threatened criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian effort a “PR stunt.” A spokeswoman for Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who received a request to allow Russian monitors, called it a “propaganda ploy.”

“We’ve allowed observers from overseas in the past from other countries, never from Russia,” Meg Casper said. She added that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security also “told us not to do this.”

Trump, who is behind in most polls, has complained for weeks about potential election fraud. In Wednesday night’s debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee refused to say whether he would abide by the results on Election Day. On Thursday, he said he will “totally accept the results — if I win.”

  • ShawnSwagger

    Thanks, Trump.

  • LackofFaithify

    Hah! Even Oklahoma wants nothing to do with you.

    • McSwagg

      Oklahoma is in a weird time warp where the USSR is still intact and the Cold War is still in effect.

  • Lazycrockett

    Well Putin does know how to troll.

    • He should, since there is a bloated, orange troll permanently attached to his sphincter.

  • abqdan

    On the one hand – outrageous. On the other hand, the US routinely inserts itself as an ‘observer’ in overseas elections in the middle east. I guess this is how it feels…

    • Matthew Delemos

      Democratic elections aren’t something you toss at a nation of theists and say “good luck”. But I salute your optimism in thinking people change that easily.

    • MichaelJ

      I don’t think it is a bad idea for non-partisan multi-national teams of observers to be monitoring the US election.
      They could help document many of the abusive and intimidating actions taken by the right to minimize voting on behalf of people of color and other targeted communities: distributing flyers in certain neighborhoods with misinformation about where and when to vote; assigning monitors at poling sites who routinely challenge Latino voters right to vote; not informing voters they have the right to fill out a provisional ballot if they show up at the wrong poling site or if there eligibility to vote is challenged in some way; having fewer polling sites and providing inferior equipment at sires in certain neighborhoods; stationing intimidating-looking white men outside of certain poling sites; etc.
      These tactics have been employed for many years — way before Trump conceived of having a goon squad of his own supporters to deal with this year’s election. Consider volunteering with the non-partisan Election Protection Coalition if you want to do something to counter such tactics: http://www.866ourvote.org/ .

      • abqdan

        Or become a poll worker. I’ve been an election judge for years. Well worth being in that position where you can call the police if necessary to deal with any disruption at the polling place. (I never had anyone try to disrupt the election process).

  • AndyinChicago

    What further proof do you need that Trump is just a pawn of Putin’s? I just don’t think he’s smart enough to know it. When Hillary accused Donald of being a puppet and he denied it, she should have said, “Well, if the sock fits.”

    • Ninja0980

      Same with WikiLeaks.
      Whatever they did in the past, it’s obvious now they are a tool of Russia.

    • Jerry

      Putin’s resorted to other methods, now that he realizes his puppet has no chance of being elected.

  • PickyPecker
    • AndyinChicago

      Was the camera unable to pick up the flames on this dumpster fire?

      • They can’t find the lighter

        • pj

          or work it

      • barracks9

        Some shit won’t burn.

      • Rex

        Items printed in Hell don’t burn.

    • Blake Mason

      *insert inferno here*

    • another_steve

      My local press is reporting a lot of vandalism of Trump’s campaign signs in my area. They’re large — mainly on commercial property — signs that require elaborate wooden framing and mounting. They must be expensive to build.

      I view campaign signs as a free speech issue and am opposed to the vandalism, but the anger that leads to the vandalism is quite understandable.

      • T-Batwoman

        Same here, if it’s on private property then it is off limits.

      • Lantor

        If I were to indulge in conspiracy theory as that campaign is wont to do, I’d imagine it were an inside job.

      • Mark

        I believe the pendulum has started its return swing.

      • bkmn

        I would not put it beyond the Trumpthumpers to be doing this to anger the base so they get out and vote. Much like the NC GOP office firebombing.

        • BooBooBaby

          Really!?
          That firebombing and threats were definitely done by Hit-Liar-y Clinton supporters! Just look at all of the Hit-Liar-y Clinton supporters that show up to Trump rallies and Physically and Verbally attack them! Now we also know that they were told to Harass Trump Supporters at Trump rallies!

          • You forgot your ‘/R’ – right?

          • Dee

            Actually they have already worked out the timeline. They were not paid to do it because those guys in the video were not employed by the DNC at that time. So your theory is wrong.

      • NancyP

        I don’t approve of vandalizing or stealing political signs. On the other hand, if the sign is surrounded by legally placed opponents’ signs – great.
        The amazing thing is that I have not seen ANY Clinton or Trump bumper stickers on my daily commute or in the parking lot. Admittedly I drive through the city, Democrat-land, but a lot of the parking lot cars are from all over the area, including heavily Republican areas.

        • another_steve

          “On the other hand, if the sign is surrounded by legally placed opponents’ signs – great.”

          I like it when the campaign signs of hate candidates are surrounded by the signs of non-hate candidates.

          The way to counter hate speech (Trump campaign signs are a form of hate speech) is through non-hateful speech.

        • B Snow

          I’m in N. Georgia, Bob Barr and Newt were reps from this area. Out and about, I’ve been one or two Trump yard signs, one or two Trump bumper stickers. generally on pickup trucks.

          Yesterday I saw a pickup truck with a Clinton/Kaine bumper sticker.

          Eight years ago, my Obama yard sign was one of seven in my very red neighborhood. There were more McCain/Palin signs, of course, but seven, in this neighborhood? I thought then that Obama would win, and I was right.

          I’m hoping that Clinton/Kaine bumper sticker is a similar portent.

    • DaddyRay

      Only You Can Prevent Trumpster Fires

  • TheSeer

    Russia is a savage and corrupt cesspool of a nation.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Damn Donald Trump to hell and back for opening up this door for Putin.

  • crewman

    That’s a fabulous idea. And in an unrelated note, yesterday I caught a man trying to break into myself, so I invited him to inspect my security.

    • stuckinthewoods

      I’ve never heard a date being described that way before.

    • B Snow

      Glad you’re safe.

  • Blake Mason

    He is trolling at this point.

  • Porkie

    They have shown their impariality in the US political process What could go wronG?

  • ShawnSwagger

    Governors McCrory and Skeletor have ordered the new voting booths.

    http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/russian-democracy-comic.jpg

  • Elagabalus

    When you’ve personally stolen over $200 billion from the people in one of the largest nations on earth to become one of the wealthiest men on earth I suppose you think you can do just about anything. Unfortunately for Pootie Tang, there are some things beyond even his reach.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
  • Robert Anthony

    Putin is such a sack of shit. (And I’m Canadian.)

  • Hank

    How much more HYPOCRATIC can you get!!! As if Russia has “free” elections!!! (Or a free Media)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7d360fe96338767b050cb8e43c32b024947b9cb317b4ca88947abd405787451.jpg

    • Acronym Jim

      “Hypocritical”

      Hipocratic is a form of democracy practiced by river horses.

  • Matthew Delemos

    And people say tyrant dictators are humorless.

  • Luther Kreiger

    In some ways Putin and Trump really are made for one another.

  • PLAINTOM

    Memo to US Voters : Meet Trump’s real campaign director.

  • Ish

    “The United States often sends monitors to observe elections in other countries with a history of voter fraud….Toner noted that U.S. officials participated in a similar observation mission for Russia’s parliamentary elections in September.”

    I guess Joe didn’t have room for that part of the article in his repost, eh?

    • Matthew Delemos

      I think implying Russia cares about democracy is something nobody has room for.

      • Falconlights

        You got that right!

  • Michael Smith

    Attempting to protect their investment?

  • I’ll be glad when this clusterfuck is over and Trump stops dragging our country through the dirt.

  • Michael McReavy

    Russia is certainly having fun with the US election. What next? A campaign for Putin as a write-in candidate?

  • JustDucky

    Welp. That explains Donny’s “rigged election” claims.

    http://image.cleveland.com/home/cleve-media/width620/img/darcy/photo/20817865-mmmain.jpg

  • PLAINTOM

    OT : One of the largest Irish bookies has already started to pay off bets to people who chose Hillary as the winner. ( Not a joke )

  • djcoastermark

    I wish t rump would quit inviting more deplorables here for the election.

  • Goodboy

    At least with our system people don’t end up dead or in prison for criticizing the candidates. Rich coming from that corrupt dictator.

  • Hue-Man

    It’s already happening.

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe aims to send 500 international observers to observe November’s U.S. presidential election, a tenfold increase from the number the group deployed in 2012.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-election-observers-idUKKCN10Y08Z

    • ChrisMorley

      Worth noting:
      A coalition of more than 200 U.S. civil rights groups urged the OSCE in a letter released on Tuesday to provide even more than the 500 observers the OSCE requested based on an assessment it conducted in May. The actual observers will be dispatched by the international security and rights organization’s 57 participating states.
      The letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said the OSCE’s role was “even more critical” in light of the U.S. Justice Department’s July announcement, first reported by Reuters, that it would deploy election observers to far fewer polling sites this year than in previous elections.

  • LackofFaithify
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Thing is, the Russian anthem is actually quite a beautiful piece of music. I saw the Red Army perform it in Moscow when we lived in Moscow in 1974. Dad was part of the Embassy staff at the time and we live just outside the Kremlin on Starokonyushennyy St. It’s a powerful song, no doubt about that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6-tlCvVgLw

      • Falconlights

        And unlike the Star Spangled Banner, it is singable by most people.

  • Chuck in NYC

    I still think Putin looks like a modern day version of Dick Tracy’s petty criminal B-B Eyes. Can’t upload an image since I don’t have a Disqus account. Oh well.

  • Henry Auvil

    They want to make sure Trump gets his rightful 112% of the vote.

  • BeaverTales

    Gotta hand one thing to Putin, he’s perfected the Art of Political Trolling.

  • greenmanTN

    Good god! Would you two just fuck and get it over with?!

    • Treant

      In this case, pics are not required. We’ll just take their word on it that it happened.

      Really…no pix. No video. Just keep it to yourselves, boys.

      • greenmanTN

        Guilty secret- I wouldn’t mind seeing Putin’s little dictator, just out of scientific interest of course.

  • Ninja0980

    Between this and WikiLeaks, it’s obvious Putin is trying to put his thumb on the scale for Trump.
    Come Nov. 8th, he needs to be told to fuck off as well.

  • worstcultever

    I think Putin, the alpha butch, might actually be a-swoon over Donald and how he’s played the USA media so spectacularly.

    As for this latest dumbassery stunt, just some more dumbass nothin.

    • coram nobis

      Maybe Putin sees Trump as his version of Ngo Dinh Diem or Anastazio Somoza, a “democratically elected” tinpot for a banana republic.

  • edrex

    Well sure. Putin is of course an expert on rigged elections.

  • SoCalGal20

    Putin is being an ass but there will be international observers in the U.S. for the election. OAS, among others, is sending observers.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/international-observers-at-us-presidential-voting-rigged-elections-2016-10

    • Corsair Tact

      This happens in every major election.

  • greenmanTN

    This is way more embarrasing for Trump than anyone else, especially since he still has one of Putin’s pubic hairs caught between his teeth.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Actually, Putin strikes me as having a clean shaven crotch.

      • Mark

        there’s a slight difference in clean shaven vs radioactive bald.

  • coram nobis

    “Well, of course we don’t have that problem in the Motherland,” Mr. Putin said. “There was no doubt about our election; my party won 98% of the vote.”

    “No one has questioned it,” he added.

  • Cuberly

    Let me guess, Jill Stein will tweet her outrage that Russians are being prevented from monitoring the elections…….flashforward a few hours…..she’ll delete the tweet and tweet that the elections should be fair, or something.

    • JCF

      да.

  • danolgb

    They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

  • JDS

    Sarah Palin “I can see Russia from my house!” will probably go for this.

    • Paula

      Actually, you can’t see Russia from her house. Its that whole curvature of the earth thing. It gets really annoying.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Kremlin is doing everything possible to subvert our elections and install their loyal puppet Hair Drumpf.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    O/T: Trump’s spawn steals beverage at In N Out burger the night of the debate. The Trump family arrogance knows no bounds…

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/eyes-emoji?utm_term=.trjXjDoQP#.pgqm35yVo

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but I was afraid this was going to be an issue in NC. Because of Hurricane Matthew many people may have trouble voting. And the areas worst hit are heavily Democratic. Anybody in the vicinity who wants to help out with the election, helping people get registered and to the polls may be something to look into.

    https://apnews.com/8d400d761a164fada1870d0a428f851b/Flood-victims-face-major-challenges-as-early-voting-begins

    • stuckinthewoods

      Sounds like in the other areas of NC early voting is brisk. We don’t have it in VA and even absentee requires a reason.
      http://www.wral.com/voters-line-up-early-to-cast-ballots/16131713/

    • Herald

      Almost sounds like a Repub plot doesn’t it. They will surely take advantage of it, I hoe the Dems can get it sorted out in time.

  • clay

    so, how much will it take to make Jimmy Carter use the f-word?

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    Clearly Vlad is now working to throw her over the top of 400 electoral votes…can we try for 538?

  • Rex

    Who can blame them for wanting to see how a woman gets elected to the highest office in the land.

  • Chitown Kev

    This isn’t the first time that Putin did this type of trolling…IIRC, he did this in the aftermath of the 2000 elections as well.

  • Mark

    I hope resources of authority are now digging into Trump with a fine toothed comb. Trump is now going for a ‘scorched US’ as he has become – at his own hand – the laughing stock of the country. It is high time to take him down and rid of us the most pathetic excuse for an American that has ever existed. He has sold out his country. Hang him. and hang him fucking high and dry.

  • TK

    This rigged election bs gets scarier by the day – thanks to the orange dickwad. Russian monitors – are you fucking kidding me??? That’s insanity.

    • boatboy_srq

      “Rigged election” is interchangeable with “voter fraud”. It’s been the standing complaint of the GOTea for every single one of their losses. tRump is once again stripping the dogwhistle from the core principle: the same people who shrieked about “illegal voters” in 2008 and 2012 are the ones talking about rigged elections in 2016.

      Interesting that so far the most forceful rebuttal by an election official comes from blood-red Louisiana. Not coincidence IYAM.

  • andrew

    Trump = Putin. Two authoritarian types who should never be allowed to govern.

    • MrSkippy

      Not quite. Putin is a strong and confident man who knows how to get his objectives. Trump is a loud mouth weakling.

      Putin will manipulate the shit out of Trump. Like a puppet master!

      • Greymaklin

        Trump espouses some very authoritarian views, but I think you’re right about him and Putin. I think the public image of Putin is how Trump sees himself though, and wants, desperately, for the rest of us to him that way as well.

        Still, not someone I want as my President.

      • Gianni

        Trump thinks he’s so shrewd he could manipulate Putin when exactly the opposite would be the result. Trump is too transparent and predictable. It’s that same 1st grader temperament that he bragged about still having.

  • TallBearNC

    Eject every damn Russian diplomat

  • TheManicMechanic

    Russia is interfering enough as it is. I know Pootin’ would luuurrrve to have Trump as president.

    • Falconlights

      I’m sure that he would. All us patriotic Americans need to make sure that doesn’t happen. If Trump is elected, we would find ourselves little more than a Russian satrapy in very short order.

  • Sadiep

    I would like to know why Hilary was asked the same question. Proof the whole thing is corrupted.

  • bambinoitaliano

    From a democratic country like European countries or Canada not from a country where a dictator who imprisoned and poisoned his opponents. Russia has no business in monitoring another country democratic process where it does not even practice itself.

  • JustSayin’

    Gee and donnie boy knows nothing…right /s

  • DaveMiller135

    Helsinki to the Nyetski.

    [Thanks in advance for the Geography lesson. Whaddya want, Yelnya?]

  • Merv99

    In Putin’s Russia polling stations monitor YOU.

  • Phil
    • Mike in NC

      Yeah, you gotta keep your eyes open for moose and squirrel!

  • jsmukg

    Let me get this straight: PUTA thinks because he owns one shrieking orange Cheeto he now can interfere in American elections?
    WTF?

  • wds

    If the Russians are turned down as poll monitors, I’m quite sure that Trump’s BFF group would be more then glad to take on the responsibility…Right? . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d0d6fd198c6acbc54536104ee522615e4f06913feece8da35848f7a60eaf262.jpg

  • Robert Adams

    How about right after we monitor theirs?

  • IamM

    Thanks, No. The UN maybe, but not an ex-KGB, Russian despot.

  • ColdCountry

    Embarrass the US? Sounds more like an admission of collusion with Trump.

  • sword

    Only if Putin allows American poll watchers to monitor Russian voting. Could you see the KGB (Putin has re-renamed his secret service…nostalgia) having fits spying on a couple of thousand Americans all over Russia.

  • justme

    Guess Putin wants to see how democracy is suppose to work…

  • Dagoril

    Monitoring Oklahoma and Louisiana would not likely uncover election tampering by *Democrats*. What an odd choice of states to fixate on.

  • Gianni

    Once again the Trump/Putin bromance shows itself. At least Putin is displaying a tiny bit of loyalty to his bro. Why in under the sun would the US Government even remotely consider allowing Russians to mill around American polling places? Why would Putin even think such a thing would be allowed?

  • marshlc

    You present your country to the world as a second rate banana republic, don’t be surprised if the world responds in kind.

    Trump’s disrespect for everything that makes the US great is going to have the world’s bullies kicking sand in your face and laughing for years. All you MAGA assholes? This is the greatness you’ve bought with your nonsense – the Russians are standing around laughing and showing their butts.

  • NancyP

    There are international elections monitors, and they are sent around to see strengths and weaknesses in election operation as well as to monitor sketchy ones. I met someone from a smaller African country (Burkina Faso?) visiting and working with some election lawyers and officials in St. Louis, a few presidential elections back. So Putin could readily sign up representatives to get sent “wherever” to view elections – USA, Burkina Faso, Brazil, etc

  • Falconlights

    Our elections are none of Russia’s goddamned business. I hope the idea is quickly thrown in the trash where it belongs.