Wednesday, February 22, 2023


Last week, when Donald Trump declared that he was "having a change of heart" on mail-in voting and "ballot harvesting," I asked whether he was encouraging Republicans to cheat in the 2024 election. I asked because he was addressing Republicans, who tend to assume that Democrats use laws allowing mail voting and third-party collection of ballots as an excuse to stuff ballot boxes with fake votes. Trump was telling Republicans to do what Democrats do, so it seemed to me that he was telling them to do what they think we do -- cheat.

A campaign appearance Monday night provided more evidence that voter fraud is what Trump is recommending:
The president ... took questions from the audience on Monday night. One woman posited, “So, we can sit here but nothing means anything unless we have a valid election. What will we do to change it now?”

Trump replied:
“Yeah, I agree. So, it’s such a great question – it’s a question I would ask first all the time, because we have to get in. So, what we’re going to do is number one, they collect and they harvest ballots – in many places it’s illegal, but they do it anyway. We’re going to have to get a lot of ballots. And I was always for Election Day voting, but when I watched what happened in Arizona, where the machines were all broken...Kari Lake had lines so long and the people couldn’t vote because of a big percentage of the machines in Republican areas were ‘broken,’ okay?”
He continued, “What we’re going to have to do is we’re going to have to fight like hell on that day, those few days of the election and we’re going to have to make sure that they’re not going to steal this election from us.”
(Emphasis added.)

Trump said: "We’re going to have to get a lot of ballots." What can that possibly mean except We have to do a better job at stuffing ballot boxes with fake ballots than the Democrats?

They might not succeed, but that's the plan.

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