To hear Republicans tell it, voter fraud is widespread and on the rise. But when you ask them for facts to prove their assertions, it soon becomes clear that their claims are nothing but hot air and lies designed to hide the fact that they want to keep people from voting.
Such was the case Wednesday morning on CNN when Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said he would gladly be turning over voter data to President Trump’s recently formed commission on voter fraud. Ashcroft wasn’t prepared for host Chris Cuomo, who told him:
“There’s very little that the federal government could do and as you know, when you’ve gone around the state making the case for your efforts, you really only have one case that you can cite and that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do better, but it does mean you shouldn’t blow the problem out of proportion. The president said there were 3 million illegal votes. There’s absolutely zero proof of that. Why waste time and money with a commission to look at fraud when you don’t have a major fraud issue?”
Ashcroft said he had uncovered more than one case of voter fraud in the past six months, but offered no proof of his assertion.
Later, Ashcroft tried to make it sound like he was merely doing his job:
“I think the people appointed me or elected me to do that and I’m going to do that. But I also think that any time elections are changed based on voter fraud that’s a problem. We’ve had that occur in Missouri. It’s been demonstrated. Secondly, I think we can both agree whether or not there is vote fraud, what amount it occurs in, has been something where there are smart, good people on both sides of the disagreement.”
But Cuomo shot him down on that point, too:
“This is not a 50/50 proposition where maybe it’s 3 million, maybe it isn’t. There are no numbers anywhere like that coming from anywhere that deserves respect, except the president’s mouth. He owned this as an explanation for the popular vote results and other than that, we know the studies, be you know them, you can’t substantiate the allegation with anything than the president’s own words.”
Reluctantly, Ashcroft admitted he has no evidence that would substantiate the president’s claim of 3 million people voting illegally in 2016.
Finally, Cuomo shut the door completely on Ashcroft by telling him:
“You don’t have the cases, you don’t have the proof. I’m not saying you don’t have any cases. I’m not saying you don’t have a problem. We all know every state has problems. But it’s not a widespread problem. It’s not something that you’re dealing with on a major scale. Isn’t that just the truth?”
Here’s another truth: Republicans don’t want people of color, the young, or anyone who doesn’t vote for the GOP to be able to cast a ballot. Their actions prove that time and time again.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org