The Democrats haven’t even lost the 2020 election yet, but they’re already lining up their conspiracy theories in the inevitable event that Joe Biden can’t defeat Donald Trump in November. Only a few short weeks after nonsensically accusing Republicans of suppressing the vote in Wisconsin by…going forward with the vote…Democrats are now claiming that President Trump is attempting to “steal the election” in November by opposing an unprecedented national vote-by-mail scheme.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Wednesday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said that Trump is standing in the way of “free and fair elections.”
Just listen to the totally objective way that Hayes introduced Perez on to the program: “For more on the president’s efforts to subvert the democratic process, I’m joined by the chair of the Democratic National Committee.”
Thanks for telling us exactly what to think, Chris.
“I’m always conflicted about, you know, stories of the variety the president tweeted,” Hayes continued. “He tweets a lot of things and most of it is nonsense or lies or liable or slander or whatever. But the way he attacked absentee voting today struck me as genuinely dangerous and genuinely sort of threatening to democracy. How high on the priority list is it for you to do what you can to the safeguard administration of free and fair elections this fall?”
“It’s the highest priority, Chris because we know that you’re going to see voter suppression on steroids in the months ahead,” Perez replied. “We had a conversation I know about the election in Wisconsin recently where they tried to weaponize the pandemic to suppress the vote and steal the state supreme court race. It failed miserably. That’s what you’re going to see.”
Hayes then played a rather sensible quote from Trump, in which the president explained that massive mail-in voting was an invitation to extraordinary fraud.
“Common sense would tell you it’s massive manipulation can take place, massive,” Trump said. “They — and you do —you have cases of fraudulent ballots where they actually print them and give them to people to sign, maybe the same person signs them with different writing, different pens. I don’t know. A lot of things can happen. If you can, you should go and vote. Voting is an honor. It shouldn’t be something where they send you a pile of stuff, and you send it back.”
But of course Democrats don’t believe there has ever been a documented instance of voter fraud in U.S. history, so we can only chalk Trump’s remarks up to vile, anti-democratic suppression.
“Voting isn’t simply an honor, Chris, voting is a fundamental right,” Perez said. “People pay the ultimate price to exercise the right to vote. […] What we have to do between now and November is make sure that every single voter in every single state has a choice. The choice to vote on election day. So the choice to early vote, the more days of early voting, the more social distancing you do and the right to vote absentee with no excuse, the right to vote by mail. Republicans and Democrats agree on that. This president, in a desperate effort to steal an election, is going to stop at nothing.”
Actually, it couldn’t be clearer that Republicans and Democrats DON’T agree on that, Tom. And rest assured, every single American will have the right to “choose” whether or not they vote on election day.
But we’re sure that when they “choose” to put Trump in the White House for four more years, you’ll be screaming your heads off about every nonsense conspiracy theory you can find.