The North Dakota Democratic Party has an entire group of people in its cross-hairs prior to the imminent mid-term elections: hunters. It recently put out an ad stating, “Attention hunters: If you vote in North Dakota, you may forfeit hunting licenses you have in other states. If you want to keep your out-of-state hunting licenses, you may not want to vote in North Dakota.” The ad was linked to another warning on the North Dakota Democratic-NPL website which stated, “By voting in North Dakota, you could forfeit your hunting licenses. You MUST be a resident of North Dakota to vote here. And if you are a resident of North Dakota, you may lose hunting licenses you have in other states.” Huh? That’s a truly preposterous claim. Other states might refuse to grant North Dakota hunters an out-of-state license because they voted? And I thought Democrats wanted everyone to vote.
That ad was linked to the “Hunter Alert” Facebook page, which was apparently created just days before the ads broke, and which was paid for, according to Facebook itself, by the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. Neither the state’s Game and Fish Department nor its Secretary of State were involved with the ad or knew what it was referencing.
Talk about fake news. Talk about dirty tricks.
North Dakota’s Democratic Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, is in a close race with her GOP opponent, Representative Kevin Cramer. Heitkamp recently had to apologize for publicly naming victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in an attack ad aimed at Rep. Cramer, as some of the women did not give permission for her campaign to name them, and others said they had never experienced abuse. Oops. That little faux-pas probably didn’t help her chances. Sen. Heitkamp recently gave nearly $2.7 million dollars to the North Dakota Democratic Party to use as it wanted, as her campaign was flush with cash from Judge Kavanaugh bashers. Was some of that money used to create these ads designed to suppress voter turnout?
If Democrats aren’t trying to take away their fellow citizen’s firearms, they are attempting to take away the votes of those possessing them.
What if Republicans used similar tactics designed to dissuade groups of people who lean heavily Democratic from voting? Would we see ads such as: “Attention members of the LGBTQ community: If you vote in Oklahoma, you may not be able to participate in Gay Pride! Parades in other states! You may not want to vote in Oklahoma.” Or, “Attention professors, if you vote in Illinois, you may be unable to attain tenure in any other state! Please consider staying home on election day.” Or perhaps, “Attention late-night talk show hosts, if you vote this Tuesday, viewers in other states may be incapable of viewing your shows until after the 2020 election. Just sayin’.”