Trump sent out a two-part tweet yesterday. It said that --
"I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....
"even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!"
I can only wish and pray that he does!!! Because if there is a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD" it will show what all studies of voter fraud have shown, that it is insignificant. And that will prove to even his 32% of supporters that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton -- by almost three million people.
Mind you, it's very important to note that registering to vote in multiple states (like his chief adviser Steve Bannon did, as well as his daughter Tiffany and Treasury Secretary-nominee Steven Mnuchin...) is not only NOT "fraud," it's not even illegal. And also -- while we're on the subject -- being registered when you're dead is obviously not illegal. Since you're...well, dead. What are they going to do, haul the corpse into court?? And therefore that's not "fraud" either. If you actually vote in more than one state, that is illegal. Or actually vote using a dead person's registration, that's obviously illegal, too. But registering in more than one state? Or when one is dead? NO, neither of those is even remotely illegal. If it was, then I suspect almost every person who ever moved to another state without removing themselves from the voter roles would have committed a crime. And I suspect almost no one has ever taken a loved one off the voter roles. Three to five million cases of "voter fraud" Trump says?? By his faux-standards there are probably a hundred million. In reality, of course, none of that is illegal, and studies have long show there are a handful of actual voter fraud cases. Which only occur when someone...fraudulently VOTES.
It would be nice if a President of the United States knew this. And had advisers who knew this.
And none of this even takes into consideration his idiotic assurance that all these 3-5 million fake-cases of voter fraud all voted for Hillary Clinton, and none, zero for him. How on earth he knows this, never mind that almost none exist, is one of life's great idiotic mysteries.
But then, the reality that studies show there are a minuscule number of voter fraud cases is the very the reason I doubt he will ever actually, officially call for a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD." Specifically because it will show by how much he really did lose the popular vote. I think we'll see a Trump-initiated investigation into VOTER FRAUD right the IRS finishes it's supposed-audit of his taxes...
That said, I was intrigued by his comment, "Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!" Here's hoping for that, too -- since any serious "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD" would likely show results that the voting procedures that need strengthening are to stop state laws that block minorities from voting, like shorter hours on election day and closing voting precincts in heavily-black areas. Perhaps as they try to strengthen voting procedures they could even suggest extending early voting far more than exists today!!
Here's hoping that Trump does all the things he says in his tweets!
And no, I am not expected any of it.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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