On Monday, President Donald Trump met with congressional leaders. Multiple outlets are running stories about the meeting, namely citing sources that say Donald Trump repeated the unfounded, untrue claim that he only lost the popular vote because 3-5 million people voted illegally. Perhaps he thinks it is an alternative fact. Digging into each statement Donald Trump makes is a fool’s errand, and only provides more cover to the GOP congress as they do all they can to strip the country down and sell it for parts. However, in this case, seeing that he still dwells on this false belief, we’re left to wonder if there will be a policy impact.
Some have started to wonder, if the government really thought that 3-5 million people voted illegally, wouldn’t there be a massive investigation? Shouldn’t there be a massive investigation if fraud is that widespread? The figures Donald Trump keeps throwing out would mean that 2-4% of the total votes cast in the 2016 election were illegal and invalid.
There currently isn’t a large-scale investigation into voter fraud. Given that this lie continues to surface in the incoherent ramblings of the 45th POTUS, it leaves the question as to whether or not this administration is going to make voter disenfranchisement a policy priority. There is a danger in taking this President at his word, or even paying attention to what he says at any given time.
Somehow, the public is supposed to separate the words our President actually means and believes from the hyperbole that infests his speech. We have to train our ear and find a way to determine when the President is actually speaking as a President and when he is speaking as our collective crazy uncle who won’t stop forwarding us chain emails about President Obama being a secret Muslim.
If there could be a place where the President and the GOP establishment align outside of tax breaks for the rich and the privatization of everything, it would be stamping out the non-existent voter fraud, or as I like to put it, stealing the votes of the poor and minorities.