The Trump Toadies are out in full force for their Master claiming to have evidence of voter fraud, or just simply feeling it in their gut:
Rudy Giuliani held a press conference claiming he had upwards of 50 witnesses to voter fraud. The first guy he called up to the podium happened to be a convicted child sex offender. (Pardon coming his way from Trump?)
Newt Gingrich went on Fox and made ridiculous claims: “First, you go out and the Democrats steal five or six states, and that’s what Republicans believe we’re watching. We think we have evidence of a lot of it.” Called it “…a left-wing power grab financed by people like George Soros, deeply laid in at the local level.” And declared: “I think that it is a corrupt, stolen election.” Will Newt EVER go away?
College dropout turned Trump’s personal news host, Sean Hannity actually suggested a “do-over” in Pennsylvania. Civics must have been one of his toughest classes.
Then there’s poor, pathetic Lou Dobbs, whose mind seems to be failing him: “I believe corporate left-wing media, Biden and Harris have overstepped—PA ignoring court orders, the law and they claim victory! Huge suspect vote dumps for Biden in about a half dozen states, and clearly widespread voting fraud. There is no way that Biden… could get more legal votes than the greatest President ever!” Right. Outa. His. Ass.
So What is Election Fraud?
“Electoral fraud, sometimes referred to as election fraud, election manipulation, voter fraud or vote rigging, involves illegal interference with the process of an election, either by increasing the vote share of a favored candidate, depressing the vote share of rival candidates, or both.”
Republicans are in search of election fraud, pointing everywhere but to their own back yard. They know who’s committing fraud, and they’re in full support of it.
♦ The California Republican Party… admitted responsibility for placing more than 50 deceptively labeled “official” drop boxes for mail-in ballots in Los Angeles, Fresno, and Orange Counties, an action that state officials said was illegal and could lead to voter fraud. ( NY Times, Oct. 2020 )
♦ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott “…forced Travis and Harris counties — two of the state’s most important Democratic strongholds — to shutter a number of drop-off sites they had already opened… and allowed “Texas counties to provide no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots.” (Texas Tribune, Oct. 2020) Abbott had to be sued to do the right thing.
♦ Republicans in Wisconsin urged volunteers to contact Pennsylvania Trump voters “to get them to turn in ballots days after the election.” (Daily Beast, Nov. 2020)
♦ A Republican in California set up an illegal “vote center” in front of his business. (Voice of OC, Nov. 2020)
Then there’s this little nugget involving Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel herself, from the Minnesota Reformer:
Minnesota GOP Chairperson Jennifer Carnahan told party activists on Thursday night that she would help amplify claims of ballot fraud made by President Donald Trump and national Republican leaders, even though they are baseless assertions disputed by election officials of both parties.
Carnahan said that earlier Thursday, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel asked her and other GOP officials around the country to recruit elected Republicans to parrot the false claims of fraud.
Also, as recapped by the Las Vegas Sun this month:
In December, The Topeka Capital-Journal exposed Kansas GOP Congressman Steve Watkins for using a UPS office in that city as his home address in order to register for a 2019 municipal election.
Wisconsin Republicans prevented postponement of this year’s primary election and extension of mail-in voting despite the COVID-19 pandemic, then rigged the system so that only five of 180 polling sites were open in Milwaukee. Black and Hispanic voters were disproportionately affected, but turned out in strong numbers in defiance of the GOP.
From the AP:
Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, each face four felony counts in Detroit, including conspiring to intimidate voters in violation of election law and using a computer to commit crimes, Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
The calls falsely warned residents in majority-Black Detroit and cities in at least four other states that if they vote by mail in the Nov. 3 election they could be subjected to arrest, debt collection and forced vaccination, Nessel said.
Maybe the most important support FOR election fraud came from the Republican Senate, which refused to advance bi-partisan election security bills ahead of the 2020 elections. They argued among other things, it would be imposing on states’ rights. Even so, the party is currently trying to overturn state legislators’ voting changes made due to the pandemic.
Mitch McConnell, as CBS reported in 2019 “…objected to legislation that would have required campaigns and candidates to report offers of election-related aid from foreign governments.”
THESE are all instances of election fraud, and it is Republicans committing it.
Because Republicans know: When voters are able to vote unhindered, they turn out, and when they turn out, Republicans lose.