President Donald Trump is fostering a cultish movement of profound willful ignorance across the United States. He has pushed completely unfounded claims of systematically devastating election fraud that just have no meaningful basis in fact whatsoever. On Wednesday, Trump posted a video clip of workers collecting ballots from an L.A.-area drop box, insinuating that the footage showed some kind of corruption. It did not. Local officials have confirmed to Reuters that the clip showed workers collecting ballots on November 4 that had been deposited by the end of Election Day on the day prior, at which point the boxes had been locked.
Alongside the video clip, the soon-to-be former president menacingly posed the rhetorical question: “Is this what our country has come to?” Again — the footage shows legal ballots being legally collected in broad daylight. How would Trump suggest that the ballots be removed from the perfectly legal drop boxes, if not by workers carefully placing them into satchels? Would he suggest magic? Voodoo? A teleportation device? How on earth does he expect most people to take him seriously when he posts a video of clearly identified workers moving clearly identified and legal ballots from one container to another and insinuates that something corrupt is taking place?
Check out Trump’s post below:
You are looking at BALLOTS! Is this what our Country has come to? pic.twitter.com/cI2ZTItqUi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2020
Amazingly, the footage that Trump posted had already been circulating for days prior to his tweet — he’s a bit late to the party when it comes to this particular right-wing conspiracy. Mike Sanchez, a spokesman for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, told Reuters late last week that the ballots in the footage “are valid ballots and will be processed and counted in our Official Election Canvass.” He added that “vote by mail ballot drop boxes were closed and locked at 8 PM on Election Day,” explaining that ballots “from all boxes throughout the County were picked up the following day.”
During a recent appearance on Fox, top Trump ally Rudy Giuliani cut to the core of the president’s team’s allegations when he suggested that an “order” could have come from the top for local Democratic officials to fabricate votes for Biden. This claim is totally cuckoo. It has about as much connection to reality as a claim that the moon isn’t actually real.
Check out Twitter’s response below: