Was there voter fraud? I can’t prove it. But I believe in American institutions.

Today a Twitter follower asked:

Sorry “Long Distance Swimmer Cornett,” I can’t prove there wasn’t any voter fraud. But as a citizen I have a choice to make. I can either side with Trump and his team with their endless array of lies and half-truths or I can side with those men and women in the states responsible for counting the votes and the judges, some of them appointed by Trump, who have thrown out these voter fraud cases, often with prejudice.

I choose to decide with the election officials of both political parties in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. All of these states have certified this election.

I choose to side with the Department of Justice.

I choose to side with former Director of Cybersecurity Chris Krebs. He said that this was the “most secure election in American history.

I will choose to side with the Electoral College on December 14, 2020.

All of these institutions: state governments, the Department of Justice, the federal judiciary, the government’s cybersecurity team, and the Electoral College, are essential to a functioning democracy. They hold this crazy president in check. Trump, sadly, has disparaged and undermined all of these institutions. This is part of his master plan. He holds power by spitting in the face of democratic institutions and appealing directly to the members of his cult of personality. He is not a democrat, he is a populist warlord. This is why the Senate is afraid of him. The cult is powerful and if the warlord speaks he can ruin a political career. It reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode where the little boy sends people to the cornfield whenever they look at him the wrong way.

And there is the issue. Some believe in these democratic institutions and some do not. Some believe that these institutions are run by men and women committed to democracy, while others believe that these institutions are run by crooks, frauds, cheaters, or agents of Satan.

So there you go Mr. “Long Distance Swimmer Cornett.” This is the United States in 2020.