Investigative reporter Greg Palast says Donald Trump is right when he complains that the election system is rigged.
There’s just one thing, Palast says: It’s rigged in Trump’s favor.
In his new documentary “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” which premieres Friday, Palast argues that Republican operatives, including one of Trump’s advisors, have engaged in systematic voter suppression aimed at minority and Democratic-leaning voters.
“Our democracy and our right to vote are under attack,” Palast told TheWrap. “They’re stealing the election.”
According to Palast, Republican billionaires have come up with a Machiavellian effort to disenfranchise minorities under the guise of fighting voter fraud. More than two dozen states have jumped on the idea, he said.
The Republican party did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. But all of the operatives Palast confronts on camera deny his accusations, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Kobach created a program called Crosscheck that has zeroed in on people Kobach says are suspected of voting multiple times in the same election.
Palast argues that what it actually does it flag people with names that sound Latino or African-American, and placed the burden on them to prove they are allowed to vote.
Palast makes his case — which he first spelled out in a Rolling Stone story — with the help of celebrities including Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson, Ed Asner and “Law & Order: SVU” detectives Ice-T and Richard Belzer.
Watch an exclusive clip of the movie in the video above.