Email #51, Subject: massive voter fraud?

When asked this week about the White House’s allegations of massive voter fraud, Speaker Ryan answered: “I’ve seen no evidence to that effect. I’ve made that very, very clear.” I’m impressed the Speaker is willing to contradict his party’s leader when he knows the President is wrong. That takes integrity. You, on the other hand, have said nothing. You’re the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee with a responsibility for overseeing ethics in the federal government, specifically overreach by the executive branch, and yet you have said nothing in response to the President’s statements. If you believe they’re true, say so. If you believe they’re false, so that instead. But understand that your silence is eroding public trust in your ability to govern and oversee properly.  It appears cowardly and cynical. It appears that you are willing to ignore lies from the executive branch as long as the executive branch doesn’t block your personal agenda. Take a stand. There is no issue more central to democracy than the legitimacy of our elections.

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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