Election Rigging Expert Fires Back at Trump After He Railed Against California's Vote By Mail as 'Fraudulent' in Unhinged Tweets
Rested up after his time on his golf course in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday and Sunday and a flurry of attack tweets and Twitter rants over the entire Memorial Day long weekend, Tuesday morning found more of the same from President Donald Trump.
Instead of upsetting the widower of a woman Trump keeps using as a tool in one of his feuds, the President took aim at another Democrat lead state with claims of voter fraud related to vote by mail ballots.
While Trump remains silent on all of the Republican lead states ramping up their vote by mail efforts in preparation for November's election, he took another shot at California one of the President's favorite targets.
Tuesday morning he tweeted:
"There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed."
"The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one."
"That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote."
"This will be a Rigged Election. No way!"
There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will b… https://t.co/les5rPlDLQ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590495473.0
....living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with… https://t.co/SvXc52LTlG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1590495475.0
However in the 2018 election, the only substantiated case of election fraud was perpetrated by a Republican candidate in North Carolina that eventually led to the results being overturned and a new election with a new GOP candidate being held.
But Trump's latest salvo fired at California did not go unanswered. Election fraud expert Brian Klaas called the President's claims lies.
Klaas is an American political scientist and global politics assistant professor at University College London. He is also a columnist for The Washington Post.
He is also the co-author of How to Rig An Election.
In response to Trump's tweets, Klaas posted:
"I study election rigging. I co-authored a book called How to Rig an Election. These tweets are lies."
He also provided a motive for the President's latest lies on Twitter:
"The purpose of these tweets is to lay the groundwork to reject or dispute election results if he loses."
I study election rigging. I co-authored a book called How to Rig an Election. These tweets are lies. The purpose of… https://t.co/oDjgz6yvOu— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1590496618.0
Klaas' motive tracks with why the President would want to cast doubt only on states where he is likely to lose in November while remaining silent about states—despite their multiple allegations and substantiated issues with election irregularities—where he is likely to win.
Klaas wasn't the only one to see through Trump's selective lies about voting by mail.
@brianklaas @RFHKerry He is setting the stage to refuse to accept the results. He is only complaining about mail i… https://t.co/XzRBu17LJa— Lori Abeyta (@Lori Abeyta)1590499529.0
@LoriAbeyta @brianklaas @RFHKerry Yeah, but when Trump loses, his idiot supporters will cry fraud and say Trump told us this would happen.— Chris (@Chris)1590510012.0
People had some questions and Klaas was happy to answer.
@brianklaas @ron_fournier So I'm not an expert in election rigging. Can you explain why we shouldn't be worried abo… https://t.co/MUPPHBibt7— Tim Carney (@Tim Carney)1590497418.0
@TPCarney @ron_fournier Because it is extremely rare, and when it does happen, it’s easy to detect with audits. So,… https://t.co/xXMInq7C1r— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1590497814.0
@brianklaas @ron_fournier Thanks!— Tim Carney (@Tim Carney)1590497882.0
@TPCarney @ron_fournier You’re welcome—everyone should want all eligible adults to be able to vote, and there are w… https://t.co/6E7mkoXcl1— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1590498067.0
@TPCarney @ron_fournier Fair enough. Voter fraud is a very small problem in US elections no matter what empirical d… https://t.co/q29BVPaYs3— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1590498365.0
There were no such interactions on Trump's posts.
@realDonaldTrump Professionals telling them whom to vote for? You must be thinking of Russia.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1590495934.0
@realDonaldTrump Be careful, everyone. These tweets are meant to sow doubts in a fair election and give Trump a re… https://t.co/6WoMDUOUbp— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1590496149.0
@Pappiness @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/Udif46Kwly— BOSTON ENVY (@BOSTON ENVY)1590509837.0
@realDonaldTrump Voter fraud is Republican red-herring to restrict voting rights. There are more deaths by lawnmowe… https://t.co/Bqg8z77JK8— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1590496005.0
@gtconway3d @realDonaldTrump Planting his #RiggedElection mantra now, Trump is setting the stage to never leave whe… https://t.co/SIlahAPiGV— Puesto Loco™ (@Puesto Loco™)1590504735.0
And one person pointed out that in order to vote in an election you must be a resident of the place where you are voting.
But President Trump has no permanent residence in one of the states he votes in now.
FYI. In 1993 trump made a deal with palm beach county that Mar A Lago is a club, not a residence. He got this deal to lower taxes on the property. Anything that refers to Mar A Lago as his residence is a lie. Trump has no legal residence in Florida.
— HarryB1120 (@HarryB1120) May 26, 2020
@brianklaas @SocialMedia411 The president is guilty of voter fraud— HarryB1120 (@HarryB1120)1590499482.0
But one person replying to Klaas tried to see things from the perspective of the President's supporters.
Why would I listen to you, an expert, when I could listen to a verifiable liar who consistently tweets nonsensical bullshit?
— Tim Anderson (@Rybug923) May 26, 2020
@Rybug923 @HarryB1120 @brianklaas @SocialMedia411 A question for the ages.— Robert M. Payne (@Robert M. Payne)1590506882.0
Five states currently conduct all elections entirely by mail—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah—a fact Trump keeps ignoring in his attacks on Blue states' attempts to expand their own voting by mail.