Anita MonCrief, a self-described whistleblower who previously worked for the community organizing group ACORN, told tea party activists in D.C. on Friday to get involved in their local elections to prevent progressive organizations from stealing the races through voter fraud.
Tea Party groups, as TPM has reported, have raised the issue of voter fraud ahead of the midterm elections, but most voting experts say such claims of voter fraud are inflated and can lead to policies which suppress the turnout of legitimate voters.
So where should tea partiers be monitoring for action from what conservatives swear are election-stealing liberal groups? A pamphlet handed out at the meeting produced by American Majority has some ideas. Among the locations to watch: bus stops, utility bill pay centers, day labor sites and welfare offices on the 1st and 15th of the month.
At the same time, the pamphlet recommends that conservatives start up their own voter registration drives, and suggests they drop off fliers at churches and gun stores.
MonCrief, who is African-American, was speaking before an entirely white, mostly middle-aged group of a little over two dozen people at Liberty XPO & Symposium in D.C. She said that it is progressive groups who are making race an issue, and that voter fraud has nothing to do with skin color.
“ACORN is run by liberal whites who want street cred,” MonCrief said. “They just put the black people out there on TV and it’s usually, you’ll find, the most toothless one they could [find].” She said it operates in areas with a large black or Latino population, but their diversity is just a ploy.
“Let me think of a P.C. way to say this,” MonCrief said. “Okay I called it ‘Operation Darkie Shield’,” she revealed, after being encouraged by the audience.
Officials at ACORN said in 2008 that MonCrief wasn’t credible because she was fired for running up $3,000 in personal expenses on a ACORN credit card.
“Until we stop making racism the issue the way that the left wants us to, we will not be able to fight them and that’s why the left keeps pushing it out there as an issue and keeping the country divided, because that’s the issue they’ll use as to why we can’t have IDs at the poll,” she said.
She said that the outlook for conservatives looked good for November, that the activists “can’t rest on our laurels” because of groups like Organizing for America and those funded by George Soros. MonCrief recommended that those in attendance pick up a book by John Fund of The Wall Street Journal, and warned that Democrats would be trying to pass a Universal Voter Registration act which would put illegal immigrants with drivers licenses on the voting rolls and lead to double voting.
MonCrief advised the tea partiers to record any suspicious activity around the polls on election day, but advised the audience to know their local laws.
“We want activists, but we don’t want to bail you out of jail,” MonCrief joked.
Watch TPM’s video interview with MonCrief below.
[Ed. note: this story has been updated.]