While it’s true that all Trump fanatics are Republicans, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all Republicans are Donald Trump supporters.
I have found something that baffles me about members of the Cult of Trump who claim to represent the beliefs of all Republicans.
What I find unique about the Trump obsessed when it comes to Facebook, is that they seek out groups identified as being aligned with Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Black Lives Matter, Ukraine – things that they have been instructed to hate. Then, after fabricating credentials to gain access to the pages, they act surprised and offended that the opinions in those groups don’t match theirs.
LOOKING FOR A FIGHT
Do these people also go to concerts of bands they hate and act surprised that the other people at the concert have a different opinion of the music?
I mean really, why the heck would someone want to purposefully expose themselves to things that they obviously detest?
I understand a lot of Trump supporters are vehemently against homosexuality. According to an April 2022 article by the Advocate, a new poll shows that GOP voters are okay with homophobic candidates.
Do these Trump supporters who oppose gays go have homosexual relations so they can then complain about how much they didn’t enjoy it?
Perhaps that was the case with Madison Cawthorn, but I wouldn’t expect that all homophobes practice what they preach against.
I just don’t understand the logic.
I don’t know a lot of Black men who would actively seek out attending Klan rallies and then be surprised by their reaction.
I don’t know a lot of Ukrainians who would seek to vacation in Russia right now.
THOUSANDS OF LIES
I’m human. Like Joe Biden, I admit I can make a mistake. Trump, on the other hand, craps his pants and rather than go change, he tells everyone it a new cologne he’s invented.
The sad thing seems to be that his followers really would smear his feces on themselves and glory in the fragrance if he really did say that.
The Washington Post tracked Trump telling over 30,000 lies while in office. But let’s just focus on just one: The Big Lie.
Following the teachings of Adolf Hitler, Trump has embarked on a propaganda campaign to try to convince his followers that he didn’t really lose the 2020 election. The Big Lie propaganda technique is to simply make an unbelievable claim and keep repeating it and get other people to repeat it until the simple-minded start to believe it.
In the news story in The Atlantic entitled “Trump Supporters Explain Why They Believe the Big Lie”, journalist Sarah Longwell describes how out of touch these people are. “They’re mystified and sometimes angry that other people don’t feel the same,” writes Longwell.
Longwell continues, citing that this belief that the election was somehow fixed is more of an attitude and “not a fully formed thought.” They have no understanding of how such a thing could have occurred, nor do they have any proof, but they believe it anyway.
“I can’t really put my finger on it, but something just doesn’t feel right,” quotes Longwell of a Wisconsin conspiracy theorist who backs Trump’s lie about a stolen election based purely on his word.
And it’s easy to understand why Trump supporters can’t really “put a finger” on how this supposed widespread election fraud occurred.
Trump’s handpicked trusted henchman Attorney General Bill Barr told Trump and the media, that there despite thorough investigation there was absolutely no evidence to support Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
“Disputing Donald Trump’s persistent baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election,” wrote reporter Michael Balsamo for the Associated Press after interviewing Barr.
In fact, Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a statement that “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.” It continued, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Despite this, Trump and his enablers have pitched a series of wildly unbelievable stories they say prove his allegations.
CHANGING THEIR STORY
On the one hand, Trump has said voting machines switched votes from Trump to Biden. However, he could provide no evidence of this – which is usually the case when you make something up.
So, on to the next conspiracy theory: evil liberal Democrats stuffed the ballot boxes with fraudulent ballots. However, again, there was no evidence to support this. Again, not a surprise since it’s usually pretty hard to come up with evidence to support a lie.
The next conspiracy theory was that China had secretly imported millions of fake paper ballots casting votes for Biden. In fact, a forensic audit of all the ballots from the Arizona election by Cyber Ninjas – a company owned by Trump loyalist Doug Logan – was supposed to detect bamboo in the ballots to justify this claim. However, no bamboo was detected. No fraud was detected. In fact, as CNBC reported, Cyber Ninja’s admitted that they found Biden won by a larger margin than previously thought.
A LIE WITH A HISTORY
As documented by Forbes, Trump first claimed voter fraud in 2012 when he advised people it would be because of voter fraud if Senator Mitt Romney was to lose to President Barack Obama. Then after the election he tweeted about “voting machines switching Romney votes to Obama.”
According to ABC News, Trump then issued a statement that Republicans should “march on Washington and stop this travesty.” He also encouraged Republicans to “fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice”.
In 2016 when Trump lost to Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucus of the Republican primaries, he claimed Cruz had “cheated” and “stole” the election. Sound familiar?
When Trump lost the popular election in 2016 to Hillary Clinton by over 3 million votes, he at first claimed he was “smart” because he knew he was going to lose the popular vote, but instead strategized to win the electoral college. However, later he started claiming “millions of fraud votes” kept him from winning the popular vote.
“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump said. However, he was unable to offer any evidence to support this wild claim. As ABC News reports, “there was no was no evidence of voter fraud then, just as there is no evidence of voter fraud now.”
In November 2018, Trump claimed Senate elections in Arizona and Florida, and a gubernatorial race in Georgia were fraught with “electoral corruption” when candidates he supported lost their bids.
And, of course, now we have Trump still crying over his dehumanizing loss to Joe Biden in 2020 by over 7 million votes. All the polls leading up to the election, including those by Fox News, showed Biden would win easily. So, as evidenced by Politico, knowing voters weren’t going to support him, Trump hired attorney John Eastman to prepare an illegal way for him to stay in power months prior to the November 2020 election even taking place.
TAKE IT TO COURT
Trump filed over 60 lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election. While Trump could say whatever fabricated stories he wanted to his gullible followers, his attorneys were bound by a code of ethics when in court. As such, attorneys such as Rudy Giuliani went on record in Pennsylvania saying, “this is not a fraud case.” In the same case, attorney Linda Kearns also admitted that Trump had no evidence of voter fraud.
Per Time magazine, in a separate case in Pennsylvania, Trump’s attorneys issued a stipulation of facts that read, “Petitioners do not allege, and there is no evidence of, any fraud in connection with the challenged ballots.”
In Arizona, Trump campaign attorney Kory Langhofer told the court, “We are not alleging fraud in this lawsuit. We are not alleging anyone stealing the election.”
“When Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud — because there are legal consequences for lying to judges,” Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse said.
Per the Washington Post, even far rightwing nutjob Tucker Carlson stated of Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, “she never demonstrated that a single actual vote was moved illegitimately by software from one candidate to another. Not one.”
Nothing ever came of Trump’s lawsuits. As his lawyers admitted to the courts, they had no evidence. As such, the cases were dismissed.
Perhaps the hope was that they could get one of their cases in front of the Trump-packed Supreme Court. However, even the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear any of his cases because there was no evidence.
I follow the facts.
I understand that Trump doesn’t like to lose. He hates being labeled a loser. But just because you don’t want to be a loser, doesn’t make it so. When you lose an election by millions of votes, it isn’t because it’s rigged. It’s because people don’t like you.
But I want to be fair. If there really is any evidence whatsoever of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, I am open to viewing it.
As such, this is an open invitation to Trump Cult members to provide what Trump and his enablers have thus far failed to do – evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Now it has to be legitimate proof. As validated by NPR, lawyers for Fox News, for instance, have successfully argued in court that no one with any intelligence would believe the things their hosts say. (They use Tucker Carlson as a specific example). So, if Fox News can’t stand behind its stories, obviously it can’t be considered reliable. In fact, as reported by Wired, even Wikipedia has made the official move to not recognize Fox News as a “reliable source”.
I’ve seen some Trump supporters try to point to the self-described “documentary” 2000 Mules as “proof” of their wild conspiracy theories. However, much to Trump’s anger, even his loyal propaganda machine Fox News refuses to air the film because it is so filled with lies. NPR provides a detailed account.
Donald Trump doesn’t have any proof to back up his election fraud claims – not his claims in 2012, 2016, 2018, or 2020. Donald Trump’s lawyers don’t have any proof of his election fraud claims. Tucker Carlson and the right-wing media don’t have any proof of his election fraud claims. Ginni Thomas, privileged wife of far-right Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, doesn’t have any proof of election fraud.
MyPillow looney Mike Lindell has spent a fortune trying to find proof of voter fraud, and came up with nothing. As reported by The Wrap, Lindell’s own cyber security expert admits Lindell’s supposed proof demonstrate no evidence of voter fraud.
All these people with millions of dollars at their disposal have failed to come up with any proof to back up Donald Trump’s Big Lie. But if you have managed to conduct exhaustive research on your phone while going to the bathroom and can prove Trump’s allegations – I’m sure we’d all love to see it.
Just the facts.
And if you do prove Trump’s lies, I’m sure he’ll give some of his new cologne to thank you. He’s loyal like that.
Peace. Love. Trust.
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For those of us who follow the facts, thank you for this excellent commentary. The Trump culters are frightening, ignorant, and incredibly disgusting. It’s beyond my comprehension how they can continue to support such a liar. I commend you for intelligently focusing on what matters.