Trump ‘voter fraud’ lies – a beard for a national crackdown?
It all started Monday, with what even the usually-restrained New York Times called a “lie“:
During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump asserted that between three million and five million unauthorized immigrants had voted for his Democratic opponent and robbed him of a victory in the national popular vote.
There is no evidence to support the claim, which has been discredited repeatedly by numerous fact-checkers.
That did not stop Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, from standing by the president’s words on Tuesday during a briefing with reporters at the White House. “As I said, I think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has,” Mr. Spicer said.
It’s starting to look like Trump is using a lie to drive for nothing less than a national voter purge targeting anyone to his left:
[H]e will ask for a “major investigation” into “VOTER FRAUD” (his capitalizations) to determine whether his administration needs to “strengthen up voting procedures,” he announced on Twitter through a series of tweets early Wednesday morning.
I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Wesley Lowery points out the obvious:
Trump didn't say, for ex, "ppl who voted in 2 states" or "dead ppl who voted" – he said to target names ~registered~ twice/dead registered
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) January 25, 2017
Outdated voter registrations, which appear to make up the scope of the investigation, are a common occurrence, but they in no way prove any voter fraud resulted. Out of date registration records occur because people move, or passed away. For some, this announced investigation was just a “false flag” from Republicans who are hoping to suppress the vote.
There are already solutions to all of the issues Trump is ginning up. For example, Oregon has instituted voting by mail, which can be a very effective way to track and remove out-of-date registrations.
The problem for the hard right is that these solutions nurture more voting.
The solution? Democrats and liberals should steal the issue of outdated voter rolls and promote solutions that increase registration and participation.
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