Ben Ginsberg, a prominent Republican election lawyer, who, in a biting piece published on Sunday by the Washington Post, revealed Trump and his legal team’s plan for taking part in a widespread conspiracy to suppress votes in the upcoming presidential election under the banner of preventing voter fraud.
Ginberg wrote: “Trump has enlisted a compliant Republican Party in this shameful effort. The Trump campaign and Republican entities engaged in more than 40 voting and ballot court cases around the country this year. In exactly none — zero — are they trying to make it easier for citizens to vote. In many, they are seeking to erect barriers.
All of the suits include the mythical fraud claim. Many are efforts to disqualify absentee ballots, which have surged in the pandemic. The grounds range from supposedly inadequate signature matches to burdensome witness requirements. Others concern excluding absentee ballots postmarked on Election Day but received later, as permitted under state deadlines. Voter-convenience devices such as drop boxes and curbside voting have been attacked….”
He further stated: “…This attempted disenfranchisement of voters cannot be justified by the unproven Republican dogma about widespread fraud. Challenging voters at the polls or disputing the legitimacy of mail-in ballots isn’t about fraud. Rather than producing conservative policies that appeal to suburban women, young voters or racial minorities, Republicans are trying to exclude their votes.”
The President has repeatedly claimed that the elections would be rigged against him and that voter fraud is rampant and that the only way to fight it is to keep a close watch on polling places.
“We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and we’re going to have, hopefully, US attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity in August, despite this proposal of his being illegal.
When inquired, during the first presidential debate, about whether he would call for calm if the outcome of the election wasn’t immediately known, he said: “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it. As you know, today there was a big problem. In Philadelphia, they went into watch, they were called poll watchers, a very safe very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things. And I am urging, I am urging my people- I hope it’s gonna be a fair election. If it’s a fair election, I am 100% on board. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated. I can’t go along with that.”
Most of what he said about alleged voted fraud is a lie. In Philadelphia, a ruling went against Trump which disallowed his campaign from installing monitors to view people fill out ballots or register to vote. As for rampant voter fraud, FBI Director Christopher Wray said: “Now, we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.”
In fact, a five year study initiated by George W. Bush, a former Republican President, came to the same conclusion. The New York Times, at the time, wrote: “The Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections.”
“My party is destroying itself on the Altar of Trump,” concludes Ginsberg. “Republican elected officials, party leaders and voters must recognize how harmful this is to the party’s long-term prospects.”
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