Email #215: “VOTER FRAUD”?

The President tweeted last week: “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

Setting aside the irony of the President suggesting anyone who does not disclose information must be hiding something, you must be pleased that Vice President Pence is leading the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The President said in November: “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” and then promised in January:

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and…. even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!”

When you were asked about voter fraud in Virginia during the November election, you answered, “There’s a long history of voter fraud in this country,” then you repeated a joke about Virginians wishing to be buried in a certain district to keep voting after their deaths, and then finally you referenced an unnamed group “affiliated” with the Democratic party registering dead people in our district in 2016. I asked you for more information about that, but you did not reply and I have not heard anything about it from any other source then or afterwards.

So I’m glad Vice President Pence will now finally be getting to the bottom of all this. Of course Virginia Governor McAuliffe just announced that Virginia will not comply with the Commissions’ request for voter data:

“I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia. At best, this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”

What do you think our governor is hiding? And what do you think the other 43 states who joined him are hiding too? Maybe now would be a good time for you to release your information about that voter fraud group you mentioned in January. Or are you hiding something too? The fact that your comments were completely baseless and motivated solely for the purpose of sycophantically supporting the President? If nothing else, at least the voter fraud panel will reveal that.

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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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