The so-called conspiracy to fix the elections in 2024
Most Americans don’t stay up night worrying about “franchise reforms” because they believe they are necessary to remove what progressives call “electoral barriers”.
A September poll by Morning Consult found that 44% of US adults believe the voting rules are not strict enough, while “only” one-third think it is too difficult for legitimate Americans to cast their votes submit.
But big media are obsessed with stories of GOP attempts to make voting difficult, even if most voters don’t see a major problem.
In The Atlantic, Pulitzer Prize winner Barton Gellman writes of a “conspiracy” to steal the 2024 election. “Thousands or millions of votes are thrown away to achieve the desired effect,” he predicts. “The winner is declared the loser. The loser is elected president.”
“Trump’s next coup has already begun,” reads the headline.
The next presidential election is three years away and leftists are already inventing dubious reasons to lose. You are already writing pre-conspiracy screeds.
Note that the media have complained that the right undermines public confidence in the elections when the Conservatives question the conduct of elections.
When progressives do the same, it’s like a tree falls into the forest with no one around.
In her new book, “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seised Our Elections,” Fox News regular Mollie Hemingway quotes Democratic poles who claim the 2016 elections were “stolen”. (Hillary Clinton said that.)
In 2019, former President Jimmy Carter told NPR, “Trump didn’t really win the election.” You don’t see many fact checks or “misinformation” stories from these sore losers in elections.
The real misinformation, Hemingway said, was the false story about Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign – which special investigator Robert Mueller failed to find – and subsequent impeachment efforts based on the fake Russian collusion.
Hemingway catalogs the various ways Democrats have exploited COVID-19 to increase the number of votes cast by mail and extend when and where people can vote. At the same time, the signature verification and other security measures have been relaxed. Before the November general election, 39 states changed their electoral laws or rules.
When it was over, Biden won.
My Opinion: You have changed the rules in the light of day. It was the job of the campaigns to adapt accordingly. This is the American way.
But when the Republicans try to pull the changes back in daylight, Gellman sees “election theft”.
No coincidence: According to the latest survey averages from RealClearPolitics, President Joe Biden’s poll numbers are under water with 52% disapproval and 42.3% approval. Americans disapprove of his dealings with the economy, coronavirus, immigration, foreign policy, and the country’s direction.
At the end of a very long and tortured piece, Gellman admits that former President Donald Trump or another Republican could win fair elections in 2024.
He uses the word “coup” anyway.
Trump also cast shadows on the electoral process, despite winning in 2016.
In 2017, Trump appointed an electoral integrity body. It broke up after six months with no evidence of the scam Trump claimed.
Either election integrity meant little to Trump or he was unable to attract the best people to fight bad actors. Or, most likely, Trump just wanted something other than himself to be at fault if he lost in 2020. What he did.
The next presidential election is three years away, and the Democrats are already constructing arguments to explain their loss: They were outplayed by a ruthless team. If only they hadn’t been so trusting.
But really, who would believe that?
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Debra J. Saunders is a Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.