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Douglas Andrews / Sep. 25, 2020

Trump Isn't the Threat to an Honest Vote

Dems and their urban machines have the opportunity and incentive for voter fraud.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” said President Donald Trump at a press conference this week. And just like that, journos within the White House briefing room and all across the land headed fast for the fainting couch.

The journalist’s question was simple enough, but it was loaded: “Will you commit here, today, for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?” And the president, never one to pass up an opportunity to troll the Democrats and their media brethren, opted for the inflammatory. It’s a rhetorical approach that his critics across the political spectrum find unpresidential, but one that tends to force the media to cover stories that they’d otherwise prefer to ignore. As the editors at National Review noted, “For 223 unbroken years, American presidents have handed the reins to their successors without bloodshed or complaint. Nothing has interrupted this tradition. … We are not worried that President Trump intends to bring this streak to an end.”

And yet: “We’re going to have to see what happens, you know that,” Trump said, matter-of-factly. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballot, and the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.”

What did they expect him to say? After all, the mail-in ballots are a disaster in the making. And as for peaceful resolutions, wasn’t it history’s sorest of sore losers, Hillary Clinton, who claimed she actually “won” the 2016 election and who just weeks ago proclaimed, “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances”?

Yes, it was. And she went on: “I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”

So the Democrats have a plan: They’re going to keep “finding” votes, and they’re going to keep counting them until they’ve won. And because of this, they can adamantly refuse to commit to a “peaceful transferal of power,” and they know the media won’t call them on it. Instead, they’ll root them on. The Democrats have vowed to keep counting until every vote is counted, they’ll solemnly report. But when President Trump suggests that we need to ensure an election free of rampant fraud, it’s Heavens to Mergatroyd!

Let’s be honest, here: The president isn’t the threat. He never has been. The threat is voter fraud on a massive and decisive scale, and the source of this threat is the Democrats’ insistence on an unprecedented use of mail-in ballots and ballot harvesting, which allows paid political operatives to collect ballots from multiple people and deliver them in a single batch. The threat is particularly grave in the three “Blue Wall” states that Donald Trump narrowly nudged into the Republican column in 2016 — Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — states that decided the presidency, and states that are now controlled by Democrat governors and Democrat administrations. And within those three states, the greatest threat is voter fraud within the three urban centers that have for years been controlled by Democrat machines: Philadelphia, Detroit, and Milwaukee.

What could go wrong, eh?

Briefly put, what rational person, what honest political observer, believes that partisan Democrats in our nation’s most partisan precincts will simply stop “finding” votes before they’ve put these three crucial states safely back into the Democrat column?

Criminality, like most any human behavior, is governed by opportunity and incentive. In the case of voter fraud — both individual and widespread — the opportunity exists with mail-in ballots and ballot harvesting, and the incentive exists with the Democrats’ derangement toward President Trump and their utter desperation to defeat him.

Ultimately, the creation of votes, the counting of votes, and the recounting of votes are about one thing: raw political power. And in these three crucial vote-rich urban areas, the Democrats have the power. Cartoonist Thomas Nast understood this a century and a half ago, when he depicted Boss Tweed, the notoriously corrupt leader of New York City’s Tammany Hall Democrats, leaning on a voting stand and saying, “As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?”

And that’s the question — for every concerned citizen from Donald Trump on down: What are we going to do about it?

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