Trump Tweet Threatens ‘Maximum Criminal Penalties’ For ‘Illegal Voting’

FRANKLIN, TN - OCTOBER 31: A man exits an early voting polling place at the Williamson County Clerk's office, October 31, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee’s 7th Congressional district in the U.S. House, is running in a tight race against Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, a former governor of Tennessee. The two are competing to fill the Senate seat left open by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who opted to not seek reelection. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
FRANKLIN, TN - OCTOBER 31: A man exits an early voting polling place at the Williamson County Clerk's office, October 31, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee's 7th Congre... FRANKLIN, TN - OCTOBER 31: A man exits an early voting polling place at the Williamson County Clerk's office, October 31, 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee's 7th Congressional district in the U.S. House, is running in a tight race against Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, a former governor of Tennessee. The two are competing to fill the Senate seat left open by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who opted to not seek reelection. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 5, 2018 11:45 a.m.

In a tweet Monday morning, President Trump wrote that law enforcement has been instructed to “watch closely” for “ILLEGAL VOTING and threatened “Maximum Criminal Penalties” against “anyone caught.”

The extraordinary threat from a sitting president the day before Election Day mirrors Trump’s baseless claims of massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, which became the pretext for him to create his ill-fated voter fraud commission.

In another tweet earlier today, Trump accused CNN of running “Fake Suppression Polls.”

“Don’t fall for the Suppression Game. Go out & VOTE,” Trump wrote an hour before threatening to prosecute those accused of “illegal voting.”

Trump’s tweets follow attempts at voter suppression around the country.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp accused Democrats of “hacking” in an evidence-free assertion, using his position to open an investigation into his opponent, Stacey Abrams.

In Kansas, Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach has embroiled himself in another scandal over a restrictive voter ID law in his state.

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