At least according to Ben Ginsberg, the country’s most prominent Republican electoral attorney, who in a scathing article published by the Washington Post on Sunday called on President Donald Trump (and his legal team) under the guise of a widespread attempt to suppress votes in the 2020 election To track down election fraud.
“… This attempt to disenfranchise voters cannot be justified by the unproven Republican dogma of widespread fraud. The election of voters or the discussion of the legitimacy of postal ballots is not about fraud. Instead of conservative measures develop that appeal to suburbs women, young voters or ethnic minorities, Republicans are trying to shut their votes. “
Trump, because he is Trump, has repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 elections are rigged, that election fraud is rampant and that the only way to combat it is to represent yourself to closely monitor polling stations .
“We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement, and hopefully we’re going to have US attorneys, and we’re going to have everyone and attorneys-general,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity in August. (The correct nomenclature is “attorneys general.” Oh, and what Trump proposed is illegal too.) During the first presidential debate in late September, Trump answered a question about whether he would press for calm if the election results weren’t known right away :
“I urge my supporters to take the polls and watch very carefully because this has to happen. I urge them to do it. As you know, there was a big problem today. In Philadelphia they watched you became Called election observer, very safe, very nice thing. They got kicked out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things. And I’m pushing, I’m pushing my people – I hope it’s a fair one Election. If it’s a fair election, I’m 100% on board. But when I see tens of thousands of ballot papers being tampered with. I disagree. “
Much of this answer, like almost everything Trump says about alleged election fraud, is factual. In Philadelphia, Trump lost a decision about his campaign’s ability to install monitors to watch people fill out ballot papers or sign up to vote. And it is actually Trump’s campaign that is against state law and berated for videotaping people casting ballots.
As for Trump’s claim that he can see “tens of thousands of ballots tampered with,” there is no evidence of this type of widespread electoral fraud in EVERY past election – and I mean ZERO.
“Now, historically, we have not seen coordinated national electoral fraud efforts in major elections, whether by mail or otherwise,” FBI Director Christopher Wray responded to a question about the security of voting through mail in late September. (Trump reportedly is considering firing Wray if he wins a second term.) That’s right! One study after another has shown that there is simply no evidence of significant electoral fraud – neither by postal vote nor in person. In fact, a five-year study on electoral fraud commissioned by George W. Bush – a Republican – came to the same conclusion as Levitt. At the time, the New York Times wrote: “The Justice Department has found virtually no evidence of organized efforts to distort the federal elections.” Given all of this, Ginsberg has rightly diagnosed what Trump and his campaign are up to. Your set of legal challenges – and the president’s promise of even more! – it is not about ensuring the integrity of the vote. It’s about keeping people from voting – through fear and intimidation.
“My party is destroying itself on Trump’s altar,” Ginsberg concludes. “Republican elected officials, party leaders and voters need to recognize how detrimental this is to the party’s long-term prospects.”
Yup. That roughly covers it.