A reader in a recent article of mine actually pointed out that Trump’s Big Lie was not a creation of the 2020 election. In the summer of 2016, long before Covid-19 and enhanced absentee and mail in balloting, Trump was already screaming that if he lost to Crooked Hillary, it would only be due to massive voter fraud. Ah, the good old days.
But especially since 2020, the Trump GOP has become the party of Massive voter fraud! They findraise off of it. They trot out complicated voter fraud schemes without a shred of evidence. And you know what? They’re all full of shit. And the Democrats need to start responding forcefully to it right now, heading into the 2022 elections.
There was absolutely no rampant voter fraud in 2020, yet because of the GOP’s carpet bombing campaign of bullshit about voter fraud, 45% of Americans think that Joe Biden is an illegitimate President. And there is absolutely no reason for that, when there is such plentiful empirical data to disprove it.
Although they scream about massive widespread voter fraud everywhere, they key on the critical swing states that cost Trump the election, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Georgia. Georgia especially has been a thorn in Trump’s side, since his blatant interference now has him under state criminal investigation.
But here’s the 411. In every one of those states, the election results triggered automatic state audits, and in some states, manual recounts of tightly contested districts. And not a single audit or recount showed any signs of even accidental miscounts, much less rampant voter fraud.
In Arizona, the state Senate actually authorized a living joke called the Cyber Ninja’s to conduct a recount of the votes in Maricopa county on the public teat. After 7 months of Three Stooges lunacy, the Cyber Ninja’s not only found no widespread voter fraud, they credited Biden with 112 votes he was missing.
After his loss, Trump loosed an army of third rate ambulance chasers to contest election results in state and federal courts. The results? A combined 0-62, without a single case even getting a second hearing. Not only that, but several Trump lawyers find themself facing state bar sanctions based on official judicial wrath at their chicanery.
But worst of all, it turns out that there actually were widely scattered examples of voter fraud, mostly people either trying to vote twice, or vote for dead relatives. And every one of them voted for Trump! Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick went so far as to offer a bounty for provable vote fraud. And he had to open up his checkbook. To a Pennsylvania vote worker who caught a guy trying to vote for his son for Trump! Man, that had to sting.
Look, the Democrats badly underestimated here when it comes to messaging. They took for granted that everybody would see it for sour grapes and move on, and that hasn’t happened. And now 2022 is looming in the shadows. But fortunately, there’s time to turn this around, and the Democrats have the bully pulpit.
Voting rights are going to be front and center for the Democrats. Biden and Harris need to start pounding home from the pulpit that the only prosecuted voter fraud in the last 3 election cycles was Republican voter fraud. Including the district in North
Carolina where the GOP candidate had people going door to door to collect unfilled out ballots, and then filling them out for him. That one turned out with the election results being voided, and a special election with criminal charges. Now there’s massive voter fraud for ya!
The GOP wants voter integrity as an issue? Fine, then let’s ram it down their throats! The Democrats control the congressional committees in both houses, let’s use them. A congressional committee can hold a televised public hearing on voting integrity. And they can compel the Secretaries of State, or Attorney’s General of the contested states to appear to testify as to their audit and legitimate recounts, and the results. No voter fraud. And then they can call fact witnesses to testify to the GOP voter fraud cases that were charged.
The GOP is stuck in the mindset that the Democrats are still the Charlie Brown’s who don’t want to fight. Chuck Schumer has already disabused Mitch McConnell of that notion, and Biden took off the kid gloves against Trump and the GOP yesterday. It’s high time that the whole party steps up to fight, instead of giving the GOP a free pass.