Tuesday, October 18, 2022

the last book I ever read (Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, excerpt nine)

from Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael C. Bender:

On October 24, Trump cast an early ballot at the Palm Beach County Library.

Trump had mailed in his primary ballot in August, but that wasn’t an option after he’d spent the entire year warning about the dangers of voting by mail.

In May, he accused the “rogue” Michigan secretary of state of illegally sending millions of voters mail-in ballots for which they hadn’t asked, but he was completely wrong. In June, he claimed that unnamed foreign countries would print millions of fraudulent mail ballots, without any evidence. In July, he promised that voting by mail would result in the “most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history”—and he called for the country to delay the election.

In August, he said on Fox News that Democrats were already “trying to steal the election” and that he planned to dispatch sheriffs, U.S. attorneys, and attorneys general to polling places—despite not possessing those powers. At his debate with Biden in September, Trump launched an extensive attack on mail-in voting that was teeming with falsehoods and misrepresentations.

From the debate stage in Cleveland, he accused Philadelphia election officials of improperly blocking his team from monitoring voters filling out mail ballots, even though state law gave his team no legal right to do so. He said a West Virginia mailman was selling ballots, without explaining that the case involved a postal worker—who pleaded guilty in July—switching several absentee ballot requests from Democrat to Republican.

“This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen,” Trump said that night.

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