Donald Trump loves to speak as an “expert” on subjects he knows nothing about as long as his conclusions about those subjects benefit him, and his conclusions always do. His recent claims about mail-in voting, which he somehow believes is different than absentee voting, have caused quite an uproar in red and blue states alike as well as in the courts, with judges being forced to hear baseless complaints made by the president for political reasons.
Republican election lawyer says no evidence to support President Trump's claim about mail-in voting fraud https://t.co/GVugB8Bfob
— CNN (@CNN) September 9, 2020
Someone who does know a little about the process of mail-in voting is longtime Republican election lawyer, Benjamin Ginsburg. The lawyer blasted Trump specifically for encouraging his supporters to vote twice, which is a felony, as well as the Republican Party for standing by while he did so.
According to the op-ed, Ginsburg says:
‘The president, who has been arguing that our elections are “rigged” and “fraudulent,” last week instructed voters to act in a way that would fulfill that prophecy. On Wednesday in North Carolina, he urged supporters to double vote, casting ballots at the polls even if they have already mailed in absentee ballots. A tweet claiming he meant only for people to check that their ballots had been received and counted sounded fine — until Trump renewed his original push on Thursday evening in Pennsylvania and again Friday at a telerally.’
"The truth is that after decades of looking for illegal voting, there’s no proof of widespread fraud. At most, there are isolated incidents — by both Democrats and Republicans. Elections are not rigged."
– longtime GOP election lawyer Ben Ginsburg in wapo.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 9, 2020
After all their posturing about the dangers of mail-in voting and the fraud that could result from it, it was their own party leader who encouraged voters to commit fraud. Despite all their admonitions about an unfair election and the inevitable instances of fraud that will result from it, not one has bothered to speak out against a president directly telling Americans to commit felonies.
‘The president’s actions — urging his followers to commit an illegal act and seeking to undermine confidence in the credibility of election results — are doubly wrong. They impose an obligation on his campaign and the Republican Party to reevaluate their position in the more than 40 voting cases they’re involved in around the country.
‘These cases are part of a torrent of 2020 voting litigation that pits Republicans’ belief that election results won’t be credible without state law safeguards against Democrats’ charges that many such rules are onerous and designed to suppress the votes of qualified citizens inclined to vote Democratic.’
Election Day is just the beginning of the end of the Trump.
Be prepared: It's going to take at least a week for results to come in for many states.
On Nov 3, Trump might be enjoying a 1-3% leads in PA, WI, MI, FL, or AZ, which will diminish as mail-in votes are counted. https://t.co/ISs6HaqlXL
— Mike (@michaelbrazell) September 8, 2020
Ginsburg blatantly pointed out that the claims of voter fraud that will result from an election with an inordinate number of mail-in ballots are nothing more than a political move meant to benefit Trump. Many reporters have posited that Trump intends to use his claims to challenge the 2020 elections, and Ginsburg called out his own party for being complicit in Trump’s disinformation.
‘The president’s words make his and the Republican Party’s rhetoric look less like sincere concern — and more like transactional hypocrisy designed to provide an electoral advantage. And they come as Republicans trying to make their cases in courts must deal with the basic truth that four decades of dedicated investigation have produced only isolated incidents of election fraud.’
"Legions of Republican lawyers have searched in vain over four decades for fraudulent double voting. At long last, they have a blatant example of a major politician urging his supporters to illegally vote twice. The only hitch is that the candidate is 😡." https://t.co/JMgGBmYyyI
— Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman) September 9, 2020