Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been harshly Twitter trolling Donald Trump since the primaries and now that the Republican nominee is losing badly and telling crowds en masse that the election is “rigged,” the fiercest Democratic Senator is not about to let him get away with dissolving our Democracy.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Sen. Warren not only criticizes Trump for his whiny loser talk but also eviscerates the Republican Party for their previous complicity in the idea of a massive voter fraud conspiracy.
Anyone with children knows that whining about imaginary cheating is the last refuge of the sore loser. But GOP leaders have served up such a steady diet of stories about imaginary cheating that an Economist-YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republican voters believe voter fraud is a ‘very serious problem,’ and 46 percent have little or no confidence that ballots will be counted accurately. They hold these views even though there is literally no evidence — none, zero, zip — that widespread voter fraud is a factor in modern American elections. A recent study looked at around a billion ballots cast in the United States from 2000 through 2014 and found only 31 instances of impersonation fraud at the polls.”
Warren notes that Trump did not come up with this idea all on his own, Republicans have been pushing voter ID laws, curbed early voting which affects the working class, and put other restrictions on voting for years now, all in an effort to reduce Democratic voting.
Interestingly, all that fraud seems to plague only urban neighborhoods, minority communities, college campuses and other places where large numbers of people might vote for Democrats. The purpose of this manufactured hysteria is obvious: to delegitimize Democratic voters and justify Republican efforts to suppress their votes.
Now that Trump has become a complete embarrassment to his party and his chances of winning stand at virtually zero, Republicans are trying to flee his side and are suddenly claiming that the election is not rigged, even though they have fought for years to disenfranchise voters out of their baseless fear of a widespread voter fraud scheme.
Warren says Republicans don’t get to feign being reasonable now when Trump is merely echoing and amplifying the rhetoric the GOP has used to poison our political discourse over the last eight years.
Republican leaders — and even Trump’s running mate — have tried to tiptoe out of the room when Trump makes ever-wilder claims of a rigged election. But as much as these Republicans would like everyone to believe that this is a Trump-only problem, it’s not.
Sen. Marco Rubio, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Gov. John Kasich, even Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway have denied the election is being rigged.
When the election is over and done and the winner is declared, the Republican party has a lot to atone for once the dust settles. They have to decide for themselves if they’re going to continue baseless attacks, endless obstruction, complicity in conspiracies, and dog whistles all in an effort to put their guy on the top of the hill. Or if they’ll get with the program and rejoin Americans in reality and fight for ideas they think are right without trying to delegitimize Democrats. It’s not looking like the latter — yet — but a major loss could force a reassessment of their goals.
Read Warren’s entire op-ed here.
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