The election has been over for three weeks now, but Trump has yet to concede and many on the Right are sure there was widespread voter fraud that stole the election from Donald while the Left continues to accuse him of wanting to be a "dictator" and pretty much every other terrible thing under the sun.
Indeed, it's hard to believe there wasn't at least some voter fraud. When outlets like The New York Times say "there is no evidence" of it, it raises an eyebrow. After all, we know that several dead people ended up casting their vote for Biden (and probably a few or Trump too). And two men were charged with filing applications for thousands of homeless people to vote in California.
And of course, it's happened in the past. The 1960 election was infamous for voter fraud in Chicago (although it was unlikely to be enough to have swayed the election), which also happened in the 1982 Illinois gubernatorial election and the 1987 Chicago mayoral election. (What the Hell is wrong with Chicago?)
Further, the Heritage Foundation has a list of 1285 confirmed cases of voter fraud. And issues with mail-in voting caused 100,000 ballots to be thrown out. And add to that the general issues with ballot harvesting and electronic voting machines.
And then of course, there's the fanatical hatred of Trump. Indeed, Arizona's Secretary of State said Trump was "pandering to his neo-nazi base than being @POTUS for all Americans." If she actually believed that, do you think she would be unwilling to cheat?
And there's all sorts of weird anomalies about this election.
- The late vote dumps that erased Trump's lead in the day (which, of course, don't "prove" fraud)
- The Michigan postal worker who alleges he was forced to back date late-arriving ballots.
- Allegations of trucks arriving in the middle of the night with ballots that were mostly for Biden.
- Five Milwaukee wards with turnout of 89 percent; many, many standard deviations outside the norm.
- And, of course, Trump becoming the first ever sitting president in the modern era to gain votes in his second election but lose. And he gained about 10 million votes over 2016!
Of course, there have been a lot of bullshit claims too and it has been hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. For example, no, Wisconsin did not have over 100 percent voter turnout. And even the Trump campaign is distancing itself from Sydney Powell's extreme claims.
Still, there's evidence of a bunch of shenanigans. The question is; how many? I don't like Trump. I think he's impulsive and shallow and caters to the neocons even though most of them hated him. But, of course, I despise the Democrats as well. And the election seems questionable to me.
But there's a bigger problem. A new poll found "Roughly half of Republicans believe President Trump “rightfully won” the election, with 68 percent saying they had concerns about a “rigged” vote counting process in favor of President-elect Joe Biden." On the other hand, not long ago another poll found that, "Three-quarters of Democratic voters believe that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election." (He didn't by the way.)
We're getting to the point where neither side sees the other as legitimate. It used to be that you had a preference for the Democrats or the Republicans or perhaps, like me, you hated both. But now, it's intolerable.
How can we live together if we can't accept our party losing an election? Perhaps peaceful secession is the only way out...
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