President Donald Trump's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, spoke to reporters on Wednesday in an effort to defend her boss's false tweets about supposedly inevitable widespread voter fraud that he said comes with voting by mail.
Because low voter turnout tends to favor Republicans, many Republican lawmakers are opposing expanded absentee voting measures that would allow people to vote without risking large crowds and packed polling places that could prove a playground to the highly contagious virus that's killed over 100 thousand Americans.
Kellyanne continued this rhetoric, invoking cupcakes.
Kellyanne: If you can stand in line for a cupcake, you can stand in line to vote https://t.co/iTEvPZjNu7— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@Peter Wade 🤦♂️)1590602555.0
"They wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake, so I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot."
Voting is a right, and Kellyanne acknowledges how "consequential and critical and constitutionally significant" it is, so why are she and her Republican colleagues so intent on suppressing voter expansion measures?
Not to mention, Georgetown Cupcake—the bakery Kellyanne said people were waiting an hour for—is delivery only.
People immediately began poking holes in her logic.
@brooklynmutt Has anyone told her about Instacart or Grubhub where you can * checks notes * get cupcakes delivered to your house.— Bill Morgan (@Bill Morgan)1590605522.0
@brooklynmutt If you can mail people checks you can mail people ballots. Is she living in a fantasy world where cr… https://t.co/MraLZTzW3v— JRehling (@JRehling)1590603413.0
@brooklynmutt @Acyn Not everyone can stand in line for a cupcake nor does everyone want to stand in line for a cupc… https://t.co/LX8ig8JUh6— Marquis de Lafayette(Reese) (@Marquis de Lafayette(Reese))1590602982.0
@brooklynmutt Sure. But when the government closes four cupcake stores in your district, and the only one open is t… https://t.co/XNrecWNR7b— Edna K. #WearYourDamnMask (@Edna K. #WearYourDamnMask)1590604323.0
@brooklynmutt If you can mail a cupcake you can mail a ballot, @KellyannePolls https://t.co/smhbSMM6lj https://t.co/qKtgIsgz7h— Flatten the curve, not the webrant🕺------🕺 (@Flatten the curve, not the webrant🕺------🕺)1590604075.0
The President has unleashed a barrage of false criticisms of voting by mail in recent weeks. Two of his tweets claiming that vote by mail programs were rife with voter-fraud even spurred Twitter's first embedded fact check of his tweets.
The mere act of fact checking the tweets led him to threaten shutting Twitter down all together.
No wonder Kellyanne's attempts to defend him received widespread mockery.
We’re going to call her Kellyanne Cupcake from now on, aren’t we? #KellyanneCupcake https://t.co/WahNuBB1yA— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1590617400.0
1) You can pry my cupcakes out of my cold, dead hands. 2) None of you bastards told me that cupcakes were constitut… https://t.co/rAZDA42j0w— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1590609434.0
They said it couldn't be done, but I did it. I found a way to juxtapose election process stories with cupcakes: Ke… https://t.co/N0PvgLTmLm— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1590613537.0