Domestic Terrorism

Non-Voters Attacked The Capitol

Written by SK Ashby

"Stop the steal" they screamed when they invaded the capitol building last month, but some of them never bothered to vote according to a report from CNN.

CNN reviewed records from state election officials and found that among those arrested by the FBI in recent weeks, some of them didn't vote in the 2020 election and some of them haven't voted for a long time.

Curiously, some of them didn't even vote for Trump the first time.

One was Donovan Crowl, an ex-Marine who charged toward a Capitol entrance in paramilitary garb on January 6 as the Pro-Trump crowd chanted "who's our President?"

Federal authorities later identified Crowl, 50, as a member of a self-styled militia organization in his home state of Ohio and affiliated with the extremist group the Oath Keepers. [...]

Despite these apparent pro-Trump views, a county election official in Ohio told CNN that he registered in 2013 but "never voted nor responded to any of our confirmation notices to keep him registered," so he was removed from the voter rolls at the end of 2020 and the state said he was not registered in Ohio. A county clerk in Illinois, where Crowl was once registered, also confirmed he was not an active voter anywhere in the state.

It's wrong to remove someone from the rolls just because they haven't voted, but that's another matter.

You know what they say about complaining when you never bothered to vote and I'd say that certainly applies to insurrection against a government you claim is illegitimate.

The fact that some of them didn't even vote in the 2016 election means they were never responsible for installing Trump in the first place and they didn't do their part to keep him in power, either. And the system is rigged, they might say, but was it also rigged in 2016 when Trump won without their vote? Probably not.

Demanding things from lawmakers you didn't bother to vote for is not unique to the right wing, unfortunately, but this is the most extreme form of it.