Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trump’s Voter-Fraud Claims Don’t Hold Up. By Jim Geraghty

Worth reading--Geraghty is a conservative: Trump’s Voter-Fraud Claims Don’t Hold Up. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: There is no evidence of fraud on a large enough scale to swing the presidential election. Donald Trump tweeted a startling accusation yesterday: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!” It is a curious question. Why would Trump-supporting Republican governors such as Rick Scott in Florida, Pat McCrory in North Carolina, and Terry Branstad in Iowa allow large-scale voter fraud to occur in their states? John Kasich undoubtedly has his disagreements with Trump, but would he really ignore an effort to fraudulently swing Ohio to Hillary? Why does Trump have so little faith in his allies’ ability to oversee a legitimate election in their states? If you’re going to level such a giant accusation — that a criminal conspiracy is underway to cast fraudulent votes on a scale large enough to steal the election — you had better bring evidence. But Trump has kept to his habit of speaking in rambling half-sentences, full of hyperbolic adjectives and unfinished thoughts. “There’s a lot of stuff going on,” he said in an interview with ABC News. When pressed for specifics, he eventually allowed that he was talking about “the kind of voter fraud [involving] people who have been dead for ten years.”

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