American democracy is at stake, because our current President* has a penchant for conspiracy theories. He likes to listen to Alex Jones and send out one dumb Tweet after another. Unfortunately the American people decided to put him in office rather than a room full of tin foil. Wednesday he announced over Twitter he would ask for an investigation into illegal voting. He cannot accept that he lost the popular vote.
PolitiFact has managed to trace the origins of this claim back to a former Mississippi official, Gregg Phillips. After the election, Phillips tweeted (of course):
“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens. We are joining @truethevote to initiate legal action.”
“Completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team.”
Infowars and The Drudge Report picked up the story, and it is assumed President* Vanilla ISIS got it from one of those.
Phillips, who has a long and sordid history in Mississippi and Texas, told the Clarion-Ledger he is now getting death threats. “There are people who want to kill me,” he said. “It’s insane.”
He said he collected and analyzed more than 180 million voting records, using his algorithm. He said he had also analyzed records since ballots were cast.
He is a board member of True the Vote, which sued in 2014 to get Mississippi’s voting records, but failed. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said sharing the records would violate privacy.
Despite that, Phillips said he had a specific number for how many non-citizen votes were cast in Mississippi on Nov. 8, but wouldn’t share what that number was.
“I’m just a guy putting a tweet,” he said. “All social media seems like fake news, especially Twitter.”
After posting that tweet, he said he has received death threats and been falsely accused of being an Israeli or Russian spy.
It was the end of November when Trump first made the claim, without any evidence, that millions of people had illegally voted in the election, and that is why Clinton won the popular vote. He also claimed, again without evidence, that there was “serious voter fraud” in Virginia, California, and New Hampshire. All three states’ secretaries of state have strongly denied any such fraud taking place.
However, on Thursday, President* Prima Donald said,
“We also need to keep the ballot box safe from illegal voting,” Trump said. “Believe me, you take look at what is registering, folks — they like to say,
Oh, Trump Trump Trump… take a look at what is registering. I think in terms of registration … you’ve got folks on rolls that have been deceased or have moved or are registered in two counties,” he said. “This isn’t just about the 2016 election — this is about the integrity of our voting system.” Tiffany Trump, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer, and Steven Mnuchin are all registered to vote in two locations. (WaPo)
None of this makes any logical sense, but that will not stop the Republicans from spending who knows how much of our tax dollars on an investigation. Trump won the election, so nothing will change. If there were fraud, how could it all be in favor of a single candidate, and why would anyone risk it in states where it would make no difference? Finally, since all of this is handled at the individual state level, it would take coordination among the states, and now we have entered into the ridiculous and absurd.
We have to face it y’all. The comments section of Breitbart was elected to the highest office in the land. And the Republicans aren’t stepping up to put country over party. The best outcome here is that we waste money and time, but put a huge question mark on the reliability of our system of democracy. The worst is this is used to crack down even more on voting rights. That is just scary. And it all started with a tweet.