Triggered Trump Spirals Into Mail-In-Ballot Conspiracy Meltdown

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President Donald Trump has no shortage of conspiracy theories when it comes to the impending general election. During a speech in Virginia this Friday, he suggested to the crowd that folks may never know the true outcome of the presidential race between him and Biden due to potential problems with mail-in ballots. To be clear: there’s no evidence for this claim, but Trump, a pathological narcissist, seems to be setting himself up for the possibility of losing by suggesting, before the election even happens, that he may refuse to accept the election results. In the process, he’s threatening very basic norms of democratic governance and the rule of law in the United States.

The legitimacy of elections isn’t dependent on whether or not Trump thinks they’re legitimate, by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s exactly how he’s behaving. Referring to an apparent number of mail-in ballots that will be sent out across the country, Trump said:

‘They’re going to send out 51 million mail-in ballots to people that haven’t requested them. Well where are they going?.. if you do this, you’ll never have an election count on November 3rd, you know… the greatest evening ever was four years ago, right? That night, four years ago, that was an extraordinary night — but we knew that night… you’re not going to be able to know the end of this election, in my opinion, for weeks, months, maybe never, maybe years but maybe never — ’cause once you go past the first week you’re never going to know.’

Watch his comments below:

Again — there’s basically no evidence for the president’s claims, but he’s so committed to his ego that he’s willing to raise the idea that maybe, in his perspective, basic democratic norms will be worth throwing out if the chips don’t fall the way that he wants.

Trump’s endless insinuations that mail-in voting is rife with systematically threatening fraud are baseless. Does he think it’s profound to note that some of the ballots that are sent out might not be returned? Does he think that not every American should have as easy of a time as possible to make their voice heard via a ballot? Security measures are in place across the electoral system to screen mail-in ballots that come in. Yet, Trump has even threatened to send sheriffs out to in-person polling places to intimidate voters — although it’s definitely not clear what all-encompassing legal authority he might actually have to do so.