According to President Trump, millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. That, Trump says, explains why he lost the popular vote by over three million ballots. As with most things, the president offers no proof of his allegations, but scores of his supporters accept his lies as absolute fact.
How pervasive is the false narrative that American elections are unfair and “rigged” as Trump repeatedly asserted? Enough so that a new poll shows 52 percent of Republicans said they would have no problem with the president postponing the 2020 election indefinitely to make sure only American citizens are allowed to vote.
That same poll, which was recently published by The Washington Post, also shows that among Republicans:
- 47 percent believe Trump won the popular vote.
- 68 percent, think millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election.
- 73 percent think voter fraud happens somewhat or very often.
Remember that Election Integrity Commission Trump set up to investigate the president’s bogus claims of massive voter fraud? Turns out the first thing they wanted was detailed voter information from registration databases, including the age, address, ethnic background, address, and Social Security numbers of every registered voter in the United States. The vast majority of states told the commission, headed by longtime vote suppression specialist Kris Kobach, to take a hike and refused to hand over such data.
But the commission may have a more sinister purpose: To allege that voter fraud is a nationwide problem and therefore merits that President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress put a hold on elections until the fake problem can be taken care of.
However, should Trump and Congress decided to go down that road, they should be warned that the vast majority of Americans will not support or allow such a blatantly unconstitutional move. What Republicans actually fear most is the wrath of angry voters, and come 2018 and 2020, they may see that anger transformed into wave elections which sweep them from power and make them politically irrelevant.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org