For months, Donald Trump and aides have been repeating debunked conspiracy theories about massive voter fraud, claiming that 3 million “illegals” voted for Hillary Clinton but provide no evidence to support their claim.
But they don’t care about evidence. While it’s clear that Trump can’t get over the fact that he lost the popular vote, what lies behind their bogus claims of “voter fraud” is a sinister goal: Suppressing democratic votes to ensure Republican victory in every election.
Trump most likely get his information from radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but one of his closest aides, Stephen Miller, is making things up out of thin air.
On Sunday, Miller claimed without evidence that multitudes of Massachusetts voters were bused into New Hampshire to vote illegally there, his conspiracy theory has been broadly debunked by everyone from officials in the Granite State to PolitiFact, which awarded Miller’s tall tale with a “Pants on Fire” judgment.
Countless studies, including one by the George W. Bush administration, determined that the threat of voter fraud is statistically zero.
Nevertheless, Trump and his Republican allies are actively pursuing a pair of goals on the elections front, and they must be really, really desperate if they’re willing to undermine their own credibility this much by playing with provably false stories.
On thing is clear: the Trump White House is struggling to augment Trump’s electoral numbers as a means of fabricating a nonexistent mandate, and are openly attempting to disenfranchise people of color, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic.
It’s also clear that Republicans need voter ID laws and other forms of voter suppression, especially now that Trump is actively targeting people of color for deportation and the like. , voter suppression offers an insurance policy: It’s a way of disenfranchising people whom the Trump GOP is giving good reasons to vote — and to vote Democratic.
In fact, a few Republicans accidentally blurted the real purpose of voter ID and voter suppression tactics: To elect more Republicans by keeping the electorate disproportionately white amid a growing brown population.
For the GOP, voter suppression offers an insurance policy: It’s a way of disenfranchising people whom the Trump GOP is giving good reasons to vote — and to vote Democratic.
And now that Trump and his white nationalist, alt-right disciples have risen to power, they’re wheeling out the heavy artillery with these ludicrous Alex Jones fever dreams to amplify the ‘voter fraud’ strategy.
If we combine the lies with the confirmation of anti-voting-rights villain Jeff Sessions as attorney general, it looks clear that the Trump administration hopes to further metastasize voter suppression tactics with the help of a friendly gatekeeper at the Justice Department.
If Republicans can continue to make voting as difficult as possible for minorities and other Democratic-leaning factions, Republicans have a path toward winning more seats in 2018 and 2020, after which they have a chance at further gerrymandering the congressional map while, more important still, setting the table for the easy ratification of possible (and terrifying) constitutional amendments. Make no mistake, none of this is about voter fraud. It’s about rigging the game before it’s even played.
Make no mistake, none of this is about voter fraud. It’s about rigging the game before it’s even played.