SAN DIEGO, October 28 2016 — Donald Trump has repeatedly used the word “rigged” when speaking of the 2016 Presidential election. “Rigged” means different things. Part of what Trump means is that our liberal media are in the tank for Clinton. He gives as an example the disproportionate coverage given his past comments compared to the thousands of damning WikiLeaks emails from the Clinton campaign.
Trump’s concerns go beyond the media and into the election process itself:
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary—but also at many polling places .”
Democrats, including President Obama, have criticized the GOP candidate sharply for such rhetoric. Obama suggested that Trump should “quit whining” about election fraud and that “no serious person” could believe in rigged elections. Obama also said,
“I have never seen in my lifetime, or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2016
Trump does protest too much, particularly when he could be using that valuable free air time to denigrate Clinton over the ugly truths of how she, and her campaign, does business. That said, does anybody think for one minute that the Dems will not claim election fraud if Trump wins?
Should Trump pull this off and win the election, watch for the following Talking Points:
- “African-Americans were blocked at the polls and not allowed to vote;” and
- “It must have been a fraud inasmuch as the election results do not match our very accurate polls taken ahead of time.”
Sound far-fetched? Not really. It would be more like history repeating itself.
When George W. Bush beat John Kerry in 2004, democrats called fraud because votes did not match pre-polls. The 2004 election is noteworthy as Bush’s margin of victory in the popular vote was the smallest ever for a reelected incumbent president. It also was the the first time since his father’s victory in 1988, sixteen years prior, that a Republican candidate won the popular vote.
While Kerry did finally concede the election, as recently as last year, the New Yorker repeated claims that said “proxies for Bush had rigged many voting machines” during that election.
As for claims of “African-American suppression,” this been a song and dance from People For the American Way for years. This progressive organization includes the following on their list entitled; “Voter Intimidation and Suppression in America Today”:
- Challenges and threats against individual voters at the polls by armed private guards, off-duty law enforcement officers, local creditors, fake poll monitors, and poll workers and managers.
- Signs posted at the polling place warning of penalties for “voter fraud” or “noncitizen” voting, or illegally urging support for a candidate.
While many of the suppression claims are anecdotal, another obvious observation needs to be made. Since PFAW claims to be about fair elections, why do they also express concern over signs that warn of election fraud?
And let us not forget 2000, when Al Gore demanded a recount to the point of taking matters to the courts.
Democrats do not limit their concerns to post election chatter. In 2008, Senator Obama, whichle campaigning at Kent State, warned us ahead of time against election fraud. This is very interesting in light of his present day rebuke of Trump articulating the same fear.
When somebody in the audience asked if he could offer any guarantee that the election would not be rigged. Obama said
“Well, I tell you what it helps in Ohio, that we got Democrats in charge of the machines…. But look, I come from Chicago…so I want to be honest, it’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes, Democrats have, too.”
Apparently Obama did know “an example from “modern political history” of a “presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place.” Oh that’s right! Obama was running himself back then and therefore his concerns were justified.
The hypocrisy runs beyond the observation that Democrats often express the same concerns as Republicans. There is also the question of whether the GOP has a right to be presently concerned.
It is Democrats, after all, who try to push back against states asking for voter identification, even though people need I.D. for just about any other transaction in life including; boarding a plane, checking into a hotel, registering at a school, or getting inside the 2016 Democratic Convention.
Meanwhile, just to cover the bases, many of these same Democrats claim that “undocumented workers” should be entitled to a driver’s license anyway.
On what planet are such crusades compatible with fair elections, voted upon only by citizens?
The efforts have obtained some success:
In California, thanks to AB-60, passed by the Democratic state congress, one need not prove citizenship to apply for a license. And just this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, ruled that the voter I.D. requirements in Texas are discriminatory.
Meanwhile, according to Cooperative Congressional Election Study, some 14 percent of non-citizens sampled in 2008 and 2010 claimed they had registered to vote.
Fraud is not limited to non-citizens. According to Watchdog.org, 6.0 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state.
But it gets even better. To all of you skeptics and doubters who don’t believe in a resurrection from the dead, take in this one! Resurrections are proven every election year! People long since deceased, climb out of the coffin, find their way to the local polls, vote, and return to the grave only to pop back and vote again in another four years!
Former Voting Section Attorney at the US Department of Justice, J. Christian Adams, shared in an interview with Fox News that US Voter lists include some 4 million dead people on US voter rolls.
Adams has personally filed six suits this past year against Philadelphia and Broward County, Florida, places where, according to him, the registrations are compromised.
Adams even sited a Texas case of a “voter” who died in 1944.
Adams claims that leftist groups have a habit of filing lawsuits to keep these names on the list and that the Obama administration seems uninterested in purging the problem.
Election expert J. Christian Adams recently said on FOX News:
“Dead people are voting and it’s something this administration does not want to do anything about. They must like it. They must like who they are voting for… Now we have four million, four million Steve, ineligible and dead voters on American voter rolls according to the Pew Charitable Trust.”
At this point, nobody can predict the election results of 2016. But one thing is certain: If the election is close, and all indications are that it will be, we are in for a long protracted battle. People may be anxious to see this tumultuous election year draw its curtain, but unless somebody wins by a landslide, we are going to be treated to Act Three.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net.