Saturday, April 14, 2018

Numbers Don't Lie - But People Do

I have to hand it to the current resident of the White House. Most of the time it appears as though most everything he says and does is a reaction to something that happened to upset his peculiar fruit (mostly orange) cart. That's what I figured when he tossed away his prepared remarks in West Virginia not long ago and began spouting his peculiar rant about voting fraud. It seemed, at the time, as if Donald Tangelo was using his off-the-cuff remarks to deflect attention from the ongoing investigation into his campaign's connection to Russia. And the allegations of an affair with Stormy "Not Her Real Name" Daniels. And the seemingly endless firing/hiring/resignation cycle within his own staff. Without anything that would qualify as evidence, Mister Minute Maid spouted, “In many places, like California, the same person votes many times, you probably heard about that. They always like to say: ‘Oh that’s a conspiracy theory.’ Not a conspiracy theory folks. Millions and millions of people. And it’s very hard because the state guards their records. They don’t want to see it.”
He may have been referring to the way the special commission he appointed to look into the matter of irregularities in our nation's polling places was met with blank indifference by most states and their election officials. It might have been his way of tossing a little shade at the People's Republic of California while casting doubt on just exactly how he could have lost the popular vote. By millions of ballots.
Or maybe, in his borderline psychotic way, he is playing the long game. Still months away from the mid-term election, there can be no doubt that he can see the way that House and Senate seats have been falling in special elections held in advance of November 2018. Record numbers of Republicans are retiring from their seats in advance of a wave of Democrats looking to take control of the House of Representatives. If all of this could be explained away as a creeping attack at our democratic (small d) principles, then the current victim mentality espoused by the "President" remains intact. It's not him. It's not his agenda. It's the fake news. It's Crooked Hillary. It's Voter Fraud.
Crazy, right? But not like a fox. More like the guy who thinks that he's Napoleon Bonaparte. Or the man-sized Cheeto who thinks he's "President."

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