Monday, November 28, 2016

Epic Voterfraudfraud?

I have been writing about #voterfraudfraud for much of my time as a blogger, and now we will have President #Voterfraudfraud.  My frustration long ago was that there is no significant voter fraud, that it was, sorry, being trumped up in order to pass legislation that would make it harder for likely Democrat voters to vote. And we have plenty of evidence that this was exactly the intent of the various state-level Republican parties.  The most obvious and recent one was the NC GOP saying that they got rid of early voting on the last Sunday of the campaign because it was the day that many African-Americans voted, and that they tend to vote Democrat, arguing it was about their voter intention and not their race.  Yeah.

Because the GOP is weak at attracting minorities, the poor and students, the state-level parties kept passing legislation that would limit their ability to vote.  It worked even after the courts rejected much of this legislation, as those working at the polls in North Carolina, for instance, rejected voters without the right id even though the relevant law had been struck down.  Reports from Wisconsin indicate that more people were turned away from voting than the number of votes separating HRC and Trump.

So, now we have the winner of the election via the electoral college and not the popular vote saying that illegal voters made the difference in the popular vote.  Which has led many to speculate about what is motivating Trump?  Here are some of the theories:
  1. He reads Infowars and/or listens to Alex Jones.  Plenty of evidence of this, and that conspiracy outlet said that illegal voters are the key putting HRC ahead.  Why in California?  Who knows?
  2. His ego can't take losing, so he has to lie about the outcome.  
  3. He honestly believes he won the popular vote and then has to find reasons to explain why it is reported this way.
  4. He likes to lie to dominate those around him and beyond.
  5. It is a deliberate effort to justify the next round of #voterfraudfraud legislation.
I really don't know, but if I had to guess, I would bet on a combo of 1 and 2.  I worry about 5 not so much because I think Trump is that strategic, but because it is the likely outcome.  That is, I have no doubt that the GOP nationally and within the states will learn the lesson from this election is not to better appeal to minorities/poor/students but figure out ways to deny more of them the ability to vote.  Trump has nominated an Attorney General who will do his best to gut Voting Rights, who has long been an advocate of #voterfraudfraud, and also, a history of racism.  Not great. Plus we have seen the priorities of a likely candidate for Secretary of Homeland Security, Kris Kobach, which include more #voterfraudfraud. 

Perhaps John Roberts will rule differently now that he can see the voterfraudfraud efforts for what they are?  The courts have been and will continue to be the best hope for stemming the forces of #voterfraudfraud, even with the Supreme Court divided on the issue.  Again, maybe they will be less divided after the previous decision was far more of a green light than the majority had probably anticipated.  Still, over the next four years, Trump will be able to change the courts somewhat or quite a bit.  So, the only real recourse to fighting #voterfraudfraud is for the Democrats to win back statehouses.  It will not be easy, but it is so very important.

So, Trump's statement this weekend is disturbing for all kinds of reasons, but the appointment of Sessions is what scares me the most as a harbinger of #voterfraudfraud to come.  Trump may not always mean what he says, but his appointments are a strong signal that he means to empower those who are fans of #voterfraudfraud.  And that is truly awful, an abomination.

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