On election night, Donald Trump appeared to be on the verge of snatching victory from defeat just as he did in 2016. Then inexplicably, several swing states he was winning stopped counting votes without explanation.
When voting resumed, Joe Biden magically began to receive massive vote totals, while Trump’s momentum disappeared. One report cited 450,000 ballots nationwide with Biden as the only candidate a vote was cast for. Why would these voters not reflect a preference for important House/Senate races or other down-ticket contests?
Prior to the election, Hillary Clinton was adamant that Biden not concede under any circumstances; this despite pollster predictions that Trump would be defeated in a landslide. Why the needless concern? If the clear majority of Americans were fed up with Trump, what did Hillary know that 72 million voters who supported him didn’t?
In the aftermath, a complicit media has marched in lock-step to discredit the notion that large-scale voter fraud influenced the election. Apparently, legitimate investigations to determine such fraud aren’t as vital as phony Russian-based ones.
How soon they forget that Al Gore contested the 2000 presidential race for 37 days in three Florida counties all the way to the Supreme Court. And ever since his bid was denied, Democrats have lost their collective minds.
Today, their blind Trump rage is indescribable and extends to denying him any similar legal recourse to investigate outright fraud. And leading the charge is Madame Pelosi, who greased the skids for states to line up in unprecedented fashion and file lawsuits to weaken election safeguards; making it easier to cheat under the cover of the coronavirus.
Take Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Wolf attempted to ram election law changes unsuccessfully through the legislature then gained approval from the state’s supreme court.. This was a clear violation of the Constitution, which provides that election law resides solely with state legislatures. In addition, Pennsylvania accepted untold thousands of mail-in ballots after polls closed.
In Michigan, computer glitches switched thousands of votes from Trump to Biden in some 47 counties, and Republicans were unlawfully excluded from observing vote-counting. In a normal world, the Dominion software scandal would be reported on every daily news broadcast. Then there is the sordid election fraud history in places like Philadelphia and Detroit. Can you say chaos?
Democrats’ vilification of Donald Trump and his supporters aside, there are no coincidences in politics. Social media giants vowed after the 2016 election that they never again would permit another Donald Trump to win the White House. They weren’t lying either, as their censorship and lying proved during the campaign and since.
This mess is about much more than Donald Trump. Soviet communist dictator Joseph Stalin once said, “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” If America can’t trust elections, then the legitimacy of every presidency going forward will always be in doubt. And that’s not something any republic can survive for long.
Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a firstname.lastname@example.org.