Steve Bannon may have used Bruce Carter to suppress the black vote and get Trump elected -- and he may have broken a few campaign finance laws while he was at it.
The almost fake news article “Exclusive: ‘Black Men for Bernie’ Founder to End Democrat ‘Political Slavery’ of Minority Voters...by Campaigning for Trump” from Breitbart News went viral in the August of 2016.
The article’s author was a writer for Bannon’s site (before Bannon made his way over to the Trump campaign), and he spent week’s trying to get Bruce Carter to join the Trump train. The writer first approached the activist seeking an interview, but the pretense was eventually dropped, and the writer moved on to attempting to enlist Carter’s help in convincing black voters to either vote Trump or not vote at all.
Bannon’s tactics have come to light again due to a former Cambridge Analytica’s statements to a U.S. Senate panel. The employee said Bannon tried to use the company to suppress black voters in a few key states. Carter’s story illuminates Bannon’s use of writer as a political operative.
Carter’s story shows how Trump’s Republican campaign focused on getting his supporters to the polls but keeping others away. “If you can’t stomach Trump, just don’t vote for the other people and don’t vote at all,” was the message Carter delivered to black voters for the Trump campaign.
The group Carter founded, Trump for Urban Communities, may have broken a few campaign finance laws as well. If the group had coordination with the campaign, election law states that any contributions received by the group would be held to the same limits and caps. However, Carter states some supporters of his group exceeded the $2700 individual limits, one even giving $100,000.
Bannon, the White House, and the Trump campaign have not commented on the allegations that they attempted to suppress black voters, and Bannon did not respond to inquiries about his involvement with Carter.