“The election was rigged; mail-in ballots are fraudulent” is all we have heard since Joe Biden has become the President-elect.
Trump relentlessly insists that the election was stolen from him. He alleges there were no Republican poll watchers—only Democrats—and he claims deceased people were voting.
He contends that the most mail-in ballots were for Joe Biden, so they must be fraudulent. However, his argument is unfounded.
Trump urged his followers to not vote via mail for various reasons. He fueled distrust in our postal services and even attempted to defund the United States Postal Service.
Logically, it follows that if Trump urged his supporters to not vote via mail, then he obviously would have received less mail-in votes.
On the contrary, Biden urged his supporters to trust the mail system and to vote via the mail. It makes sense he received more mail-in ballots. However, in Trump’s eyes, if it does not work in his favor then it must have been rigged against him.
He legitimately believes that if we recount the Democratic won states, then Trump would be declared the winner. Once again, his logic does not make sense.
Biden has roughly five million more votes than Trump. Granted, that is the popular vote, which is not necessarily as important as the electoral vote. However, the principle of it remains the same: this is not a close election.
The Trump administration is staying true to their word and seeking legal action. Unfortunately for them, their legal arguments are groundless.
They argue that other people have heard or seen something fraudulent at the polls. If you are familiar with the court system, then you understand that is hearsay.
Hearsay is an out-of-court statement used to prove the truth made by someone other than the witness that is offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted. In other words, it is basing one’s evidence on someone else’s story.
Hearsay is inadmissible in court with few exceptions; therefore, Trump’s Administration has no sound, legal argument.
Despite their groundless attempts in proving election fraud, Trump continues to preach to his supporters that the election was rigged.
Something terrifying is that his supporters actually believe him. In fact, roughly 80% of his supporters truly believe the election was rigged against Trump.
It begs the question, is Trump intentionally advocating people to distrust our democracy?
This is not the first time Trump has attempted to fuel distrust. Another example is COVID-19. When the virus first started gaining attention, Trump referred to it as a Democratic hoax.
According to Trump, COVID-19 was “fake news,” so he urged his supporters to continue living life as normal—no masks, no social distancing, and no closing down the country.
I think we can agree that the virus is far from a hoax. Hundreds of thousands of people have died and thousands upon thousands are sick. Additionally, other countries are struggling controlling the virus.
If other countries are impacted by the virus, how can it be a Democratic hoax?
Trump also believed that the impeachment was a Democratic tactic designed to attack him. He was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Impeachment is not something to take lightly; the House would not impeach a president solely for fun.
Nonetheless, Trump promoted hatred and distrust regarding the Democrats. He claimed he did nothing wrong and everyone was out to get him.
In Trump’s eyes, he is never wrong.
Trump’s inability to take responsibility for his actions coupled with his love of spreading distrust is negatively impacting our democracy. He is dividing our country.
I am hopeful Joe Biden can clean Trump’s bloody hands. We must rebuild ourselves and unite if we want our democracy to prevail.
We must all do our part and education ourselves and hold each other accountable. Most importantly, we must never allow someone like Trump in office ever again.