Here’s a bit of trivia. Who said this:
“Whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction. That’s why we’ve got to have, I believe, a voting rights division in the Justice Department that is nonpartisan, and that is serious about investigating cases of vote fraud, [and] is serious about making sure that people aren’t being discouraged to vote. That’s why the voting rights legislation that was passed a couple of years ago to help county clerks make sure that the machines were in place that were needed, are important. That’s why we need paper trails on these new electronic machines so that you actually have something that you can hang on to after you’ve punched that letter – make sure it hasn’t been hacked into. Those are all part of the process of making sure that our democracy works for everybody.”
Since this person is talking about the need for the DOJ to investigate vote fraud, and about the potential for a rigged election by those in power, it’s obviously someone in the far right. Right? I mean, no reasonable person would ever question the integrity of the U.S. electoral process, particularly at the national level.
Would it surprise you to learn that this was actually Barack Obama? He made these comments on the campaign trail back in 2008 in response to a question about the potential for a “rigged election.”
“I would just like to know what you can say to reassure us that this election will not be rigged or stolen?” asked an audience member to then-Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
The audience applauded the question, and Obama responded half-jokingly, “Well, I tell you what, it helps in Ohio that we got Democrats in charge of the machines.”
“But look, I come from Chicago,” he continued. “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.” Then, he went on with the quote at the top of the article.
I think this and many other issues are cases of selective hearing on the part of Democrats. They claim that they’ve never heard anything like what Trump is talking about with the potential of a rigged election. They think that no one in Trump’s position has ever said anything like what he’s been saying. And they say that his rhetoric is dangerous and divisive, and that he’s only setting the stage for when he loses. Then, he can just say, “See? I told you so. It was rigged!”
But Trump isn’t the first presidential candidate to raise these concerns. Lots of others have – including John Kerry and Al Gore and others. It’s just that I think Democrats hear it differently when other Democrats are making the claims, compared to when Republicans make the claims.
And not only that, I wonder if liberals are going to accept the results of the election if Trump is the winner. Or, are they going to exclaim, “See? We told you so. The election was rigged by Putin himself!”
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