Y’all likely remember during the campaign that the Donald was talking about the three million fraudulent votes that he said were cast by people in the country illegally. Seemed very unlikely to me, the number seemed way too large, but hey, these days who knows?
Once he became President, of course, Trump knew it would look terrible if the first thing he did after being elected was to go through the records looking for voter fraud. It’s not what a winner does, it would look vindictive, and the Donald cares a lot about appearances. Plus which, some Democrats have never wanted to look into voter fraud, for fear that they would find some.
For those not in on the joke, if the Democrats find voter fraud, that argues strongly for voter ID, and the Democratic line is that voter ID is racist. Curiously, in their view it’s not racist to require ID to buy beer, or get married, or get on an airplane, or go on welfare, or rent a car, but it is racist to require ID to vote. So the Democrats would rather not find out about any possible voter fraud, thank you very much.
So Trump instructs Sean Spicer, his Press Secretary, and KellyAnne Conway, his Adviser and unofficial spokeswoman, just keep telling the Press that’s what he believes. Three million.
At least I assume he tells them that, because when the Press Secretary and KellyAnne Conway got repeatedly asked by reporters before and after the Inauguration, they said yep, that’s what Trump believes. Three million. They mentioned what was found in Detroit. They talked about illegal aliens. They referenced the Pew study, which said that illegal aliens reported voting in significant numbers.
As a result, the story continues to build, because the media can’t believe that the Donald could be that bull-goose looney to believe the number is three million. They keep asking about it.
Finally, the media gets exasperated, and a couple days ago during Spicer’s daily press briefing, after hearing once again that yes, Trump really does believe the claim of 3 million fraudulent votes, a reporter finally gets around to asking the obvious question.
I can’t find a record of it, but I watched it live, and the question was on the order of “Mr. Spicer, if President Trump really does believe that crazy story about illegal aliens voting, he’s President now, so why isn’t he investigating it? I mean, three million votes, if that is true, that is very, very serious threat to the election process. He should be looking into it, and he’s not. Does that mean he doesn’t really believe the three million number?”. Reasonable question. And many of the other reporters nodded their heads and murmured. As I watched it was obvious many of them thought the reporter had scored a big point against Trump by showing that Trump was not serious about the three million number, and that the reporter had caught Trump in a deception.
And the next day in response?
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will be asking for a “major investigation” into alleged nationwide voter fraud — a day after his press secretary was grilled on Trump’s claims that 3 million to 5 million people had voted illegally in November.
Trump is basically saying well heck, guys, I wasn’t going to look into it, never crossed my mind, but hey, since you reporters are insisting on an investigation, OK, you’ve got a deal, let’s just see how bad things did get out in Los Angeles, and in New York, and in Detroit … and that is how we ended up with an official Government investigation into possible voter fraud in the 2016 election.
Did Trump plan it out that way? No clue … but when the chance came he assuredly played it out that way.
Talk about a bargain … at the end of the day, Trump swapped a valueless and very doubtful claim of three million illegal votes for a “by popular demand of the media” voter fraud investigation that he likely figures will uncover all kinds of Democratic malfeasance in the voting process. Not a bad deal at all.
Not only that, but you can be sure that will be the last we ever hear from the media about the putative three million illegal votes, he’s taken that issue totally off the table. If they ask, Spicer will just say it’s under investigation …
Gotta say … it’s gonna be a fun four or perhaps eight years watching this particular three-ring circus.
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