Bill Barr Bags a Wolf
The AG spoke in measured tones — until the topic of mail-in voting came up.
Next time you hear a Joe Biden supporter dismiss even the possibility of voter fraud in the upcoming election, ask him three questions:
First, does he love his country?
Second, does he consider Donald Trump to be “a threat to our democracy”?
Third, ask him this: If you knew you could flip the election from Trump to Biden by casting a mail-in vote on behalf of each of your recently deceased parents, both of whom were lifelong Democrats, would you do so?
His response to this last question will likely out him as a liar or an aspiring felon.
When he sat down for an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr didn’t put any of these questions to his host. But he didn’t have to. Blitzer, like every other Trump hater at CNN and across America, would have a hard time not casting those two fraudulent votes. And therein lies the problem: A phony ballot here, a phony ballot there, and pretty soon we’re talking about consequential fraud.
It’s not surprising, then, that the exchange between Barr and Blitzer became heated only when the topic turned to mail-in voting. Blitzer began by suggesting that President Trump recently encouraged North Carolina voters to commit fraud by voting both in person and by mail, ostensibly to test the integrity of the state’s voting system. Barr didn’t bite.
“Wolf,” began Barr, “this is sort of cheap talk to get around the fundamental problem, which is the bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said back in 2009 that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion.”
Blitzer tried to interrupt, but Barr snapped, “Let me talk.”
He continued, “And since that time, there have been in the newspapers, in networks, [and] academic studies saying it is open to fraud and coercion. The only time the narrative changed is after this administration came in. But elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion. For example, we indicted someone in Texas — 1,700 ballots collected from people who could vote, he made them out and voted for the person he wanted to. That kind of thing happens with mail-in ballots, and everyone knows it.”
Blitzer then trotted out the most intellectually lazy talking point of the pro-fraud Left: “There are individual cases, but as far as widespread fraud, we haven’t seen that.”
To which Barr countered, “Well, we haven’t had the kind of widespread use of mail-in ballots as being proposed. We’ve had absentee ballots from people who request them from a specific address. Now what we’re talking about is mailing them to everyone on the voter list, when everyone knows those voter lists are inaccurate. People who should get them don’t get them, which has been one of the major complaints in states that have tried this in municipal elections. And people who get them are not the right people. They’re people who have replaced the previous occupant … and sometimes multiple ballots come to the same address with several generations of occupants. Do you think that’s a way to run a vote?”
Were this discussion a prizefight, they’d have stopped it on cuts. But Barr wasn’t finished. “This is playing with fire,” he warned. “We’re a very closely divided country here, and people have to have confidence in results of the election and the legitimacy of the government. And people trying to change the rules to this methodology — which as a matter of logic is very open to fraud and coercion — is reckless and dangerous. And people are playing with fire.”
Indeed, Democrats are playing with fire (sometimes literally).
As this New York Times chart points out, ballots will soon be mailed directly to 44 million voters in nine states plus Washington, DC, while no-restrictions absentee voting will be allowed for 118 million voters in 34 other states. That’s 24 million more ballots than were cast in the entire 2016 presidential election.
We as a nation are about to take part in an unprecedented electoral experiment. In the weeks ahead, the American people will have opportunities for electoral fraud like never before. And for millions of Trump-deranged voters, the temptation will be particularly strong.