A specious and false notion

Tweetin’ Donny has determined that 44 of the 50 states are “hiding something”.

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So many people hiding so much!

Actually only Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee are willing to go along with this silly, paranoid, time-and-money-wasting hoax, which is clearly designed to distract everyone from Trump’s incompetence and lack of interest in actually doing his job, diminish the whole notion of “investigations” by putting this on the same plane as the Russian interference investigation, and, of course, fire up Trump’s base of “real” Americans.

Just to digress for a second on the “real” Americans thing, I don’t know that anything has made me angrier lately than hearing Mike Huckabee saying, “The media hates Trump more than they love America”. Really? It has to be one or the other? If someone points out Trump’s limitations they don’t love America? How about, “The reason someone hates Trump is exactly because they love America”.

Anyway, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Trump’s “very distinguished panel” and the vital role they’re playing for all of us. “We are very glad they are asking for information before making decisions,” he said. “I wish more federal agencies would ask folks for their opinion and for information before they made decisions.”

So it’s about being asked your opinion? Before decisions are made? Hmm. Well, I guess it is nice to be asked rather than told, but it’s that opinion of yours we’re criticizing here. Compare it to the opinion of the Secretary of State in Louisiana, Tom Schedler, a Republican, who said, “The President’s Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release. My response to the Commission is, you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law, to any candidate running for office. That’s it.”

Or the response of Mississippi’s Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, also a Republican: “My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to launch from. Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”

What is Mississippi hiding? How many hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in Mississippi voted for Hilary Clinton?  It’s true Trump won the state with one of his biggest margins of victory, 58.3% of the votes to Clinton’s 39.7%.

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But look at all the counties that went blue. There were 462,000 people in Mississippi that voted for Clinton. Illegals! Al Qaeda! Someone! There’s a crime being committed here, and we need to get to the bottom of it, where we are surely going to find Crooked Hillary. Lock her up!

So far, 44 states, the majority of which went to Trump in 2016, have refused to provide information requested by the Commission’s vice-chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, many pointing out that the Commission seems to have a limited grasp of privacy laws.

Florida and Nebraska are still “reviewing” the request. Hawaii and New Jersey haven’t indicated what they will do.  Six states haven’t yet  responded to the request, but, of those, four have already said they won’t cooperate.

I wrote a blog post a few days after inauguration talking about Trump’s baseless assertions and the many legitimate studies that have been done in the past that have all come to the same conclusion: voter fraud is not an appreciable problem and there are practically no documented instances of it. The few documented instances from 2016 were cases where the perpetrator was a Trump supporter, perhaps trying to level the playing field against all those imaginary Clinton-voting illegals.

Here’s a WaPo piece describing nine real studies that have been done revealing that voter fraud is basically non-existent, including a five-year long study conducted by the Bush administration. I guess maybe the institutions and people that did this work (e.g. Dartmouth College, Loyala Law School, and the Iowa Secretary of State) weren’t as “distinguished” as Trump’s appointees. And here’s a nice summary from the Brennan Center for Justice at N.Y.U. debunking the whole myth of voter fraud.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said, “This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November. At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”

Yeah, but he’s a Democrat.  He must be hiding something. And obviously he does not love America.

 

 

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1 thought on “A specious and false notion”

  1. I read the Brennan article. It summarizes what everyone who is not either a rogue or a fool knows already. Despite huge effort by the current thing occupying the white house, this is NOT a banana republic, it’s NOT a small nation emerging from centuries of totalitarianism. This is America, Godammit! There is no voter fraud.
    The aforementioned thing is starting to make Andrew Johnson and Warren Harding look like models of rectitude and masters of diplomacy.

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