Let’s look at this business of “rigged elections” which presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised as a concern, and opponent Hillary Clinton is “horrified” about.
Any person involved in politics for more than a few years, who is willing to be honest about it, knows there are innumerable ways elections can be rigged. If anyone says there is little voter fraud or rigged elections in this country, they need to face the truth.
The truth starts by understanding that elections can be “rigged”, with or without outright voter fraud on Election Day.
Think back to the 1960 presidential election of John F. Kennedy. Kennedy narrowly won Illinois and Texas, and if Nixon had won them, he would have been President. Kennedy won Chicago by a huge victory (450,000 votes), but only won Illinois by 9,000 votes. The Chicago Tribune uncovered major examples of Chicago voter fraud, with three people sent to prison. And 677 others were indicted until a crony judge connected to political machine bosses acquitted them. The fraud included legions of dead people who voted, many polling places that did not include members of both political parties, people who were given cash to vote for the “right” candidates, and stealing or destruction of ballots. A favorite slogan of Chicagoans: “Vote early, vote often.”
In 2012, a Pew Center Trust reported that 24 million voter registrations in the U.S. “are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate”, “1.8 million deceased people are listed as voters”, and that “2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state”. These are numbers serious enough to steal an election.
Vox published a piece in 2014 with the headline “68% of Americans think elections are rigged”, according to a Rasmussen poll.
Many political operatives maintain that voting machines cannot be trusted because their manufacturers are closely connected to one of the major political parties.
An officer of the national AFL-CIO claimed 2016’s Democratic Party primary was “rigged from the start” against Bernie Sanders. Rigging included “debate times, media bias and vote rigging.”
In Colorado and Los Angeles County, there were widespread instances of dead people voting in the last decade, and from 2010 to 2013.
Criminals in Texas are now engaging in “vote harvesting”, to illegally obtain “signatures of valid voters”, then vote in their name, without their consent.
The Wall Street Journal recalls that President “Lyndon Johnson stole a Texas Senate seat in 1948.”
Even Hillary Clinton stated in Newsweek in 2002 that George Bush was “selected not elected” in his race against Al Gore. But now, she seeks to deny Trump his legal right to challenge the upcoming election results if he chooses. Her creative memory conveniently ignores the manipulations Al Gore engaged in as he petitioned Florida courts to overturn the 2000 election results. Brit Hume says, “What Al Gore did was worse (than Trump)…he lost the popular vote and all the recounts, which he tried to rig by seeking recounts (only) in areas favorable to him.”
Get this: For $82 you can buy the same voting machine that is used by many states, “pick the lock in 7 seconds”, and replace chips on the circuit board with your own, to alter the tally of votes to favor one party over another. If you can do it, so can an elections worker.
Even here in Palm Beach County, Florida, a former Supervisor of Elections spent over half a million dollars of taxpayer money to pursue a “social-change agenda” by promoting voter registration campaigns targeting certain classes, races, precincts and ethnicity of voters who identified with only one political party. If that’s not “rigging”, what is?
The lesson here is that fraud and manipulation are not limited to Election Day. Instead of false fainting spells by a partisan, biased mainstream media attempting to “preordain the election’s outcome” as the Wall Street Journal put it, the media should admit that election rigging and fraud is a problem. Experienced political operatives from both sides know that. Clinton’s claims that Trump is unpatriotic or blowing smoke over concerns about voter fraud is gross hypocrisy.
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