There was no singular evangelical Trump voter

The title of this post plays off of Henry Olsen’s recent Washington Post column: “There is no singular Trump voter.” Here is a taste:

The motivation behind voters’ support for President Donald Trump has been a source of intense speculation ever since he burst onto the political scene. But there is no singular “Trump voter.” Despite how it is often portrayed in the media, Trump’s coalition is ideologically and demographically diverse.

That’s according to a new survey from the polling firm YouGov. The poll, which I helped to write, collected responses from 1,000 self-described 2020 Trump voters and was sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where I am a senior fellow.

Trump voters are typically thought of as hardcore conservatives and evangelical Christians with a strong White, blue-collar vibe. These demographics are part of Trump’s support, but far from all of it.

Take religion, for example. The poll shows that 41 percent of Trump voters describe themselves as evangelicals, but 24 percent say they are atheist, agnostic or have no religious beliefs in particular. Only 31 percent say they attend religious services at least weekly; 46 percent say they attend services “seldom” or “never.” Many of Trump’s voters are religious Christians who like his pro-life views and support for religious liberty, but many more are not.

Over the last couple of months I have heard from more than 1000 Christians, both pastors and laypersons. I am no social scientist, and I am not making any definitive claims, but I am noticing different kinds of evangelical Trump voters:

  1. Evangelical voters who love Trump. They are not bothered by his immoral lapses because no one is perfect and God forgives sin. They believe God uses flawed individuals to support his purposes in the world.
  2. Evangelicals voters who voted for Trump because of his stands on abortion, Israel, and religious liberty. They wish he wasn’t so abrasive, immoral, or untruthful, but they were willing to vote for him because of his policies. Some of these voters remained silent about Trump’s corruption. Others criticized him. A lot of evangelical pastors fell into this category. They voted for Trump, but they tried to steer their congregations away from political saviors. Some of these pastors completely avoided politics in their sermons.
  3. Evangelical voters who voted for Trump because they thought he would become more “presidential” once he took office. These voters eventually regretted their decision and either did not vote for a major candidate in 2020 or voted for Biden. These voters generally supported Trump’s Supreme Court appointments and defense of religious liberty.

Of course one could also argue, as I have, that all of these evangelical Trump voters enabled and empowered the former president and are thus indirectly complicit in what he did to American democracy and our democratic institutions.

Trump’s GOP commemorates MLK after trying to disenfranchise voters in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Atlanta

Ever since November 3–Election Day–GOP members of the House and at least ten senators tried to overturn the votes of Black men and women in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Today, as Nick Visser and Amanda Terkel point out in their article at The Huffington Post, they want us all to remember Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a taste:

One hundred forty-seven Republicans in Congress voted against certifying Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election this month. Not only did they try to overturn the election results and give legitimacy to President Donald Trump’s lies of rampant voter fraud, but they essentially tried to erase the mammoth turnout among Black voters that helped Biden win. 

Twelve days after that vote, 127 of those Republicans ― 86% ― tweeted or put out statements Monday praising the work of Martin Luther King Jr., who is perhaps best remembered for fighting racial injustice.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. transformed America and inspired men and women across the world with his call to pursue justice and truth,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted the King quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 

Boebert is a supporter of the deranged, baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that believes Trump is fighting a Satan-worshipping “deep state” of Democrats and Hollywood celebrities who are sex traffickers. 

The hypocrisy was not lost on civil rights leaders. 

Read the rest here.

As we pointed out earlier this evening, the court evangelicals did the same thing.

A Dominion Voting System employee sues the Trump campaign and court evangelical Eric Metaxas

Eric Coomer, director of product strategy and security for Dominion Voting Systems, is receiving death threats and other harassments from the Trump campaign and right-wing media for his supposed involvement in election fraud. He is suing Donald Trump for President Inc., Joseph Oltmann, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, One America News Network, Newsmax, Gateway Pundit, Michelle Malkin, and evangelical radio host Eric Metaxas, among others, for “relentless defamation and ongoing threats.”

Read the suit here.

The introduction to the lawsuit states:

Spreading false conspiracy theories about American election workers can have devastating consequences. This is such a case. Specifically, this case is based on Defendant’s false and baseless assertions that Dr. Coomer…sits at the center of a national conspiracy to fraudulently elect the President of the United States. Defendants, by their actions, have elevated Dr. Coomer into the national spotlight, invaded his privacy, threatened his security, and fundamentally defamed his reputation across this country.

The primary culprit appears to be Oltmann:

Defendants relied heavily upon false allegation made by Joseph Oltmann, a politically-motivated individual, business owner, and podcast host, to support their conspiracy theory. Oltmann has founded a nonprofit and media business for the alleged purpose of building a political movement to preserve freedoms he perceived as threatened in the United States. This allegedly included efforts to uncover and reveal Antifa activists conspiring against Oltmann. Oltmann claimed to have infliltrated a conference call with such Antia activists. Oltmann claimed on this call he purportedly heard someone identified as “Eric from Dominion,” and that this “Eric” stated he would ensure the election went to President-Elect Biden. Oltmann provided no explanation for how he learned of this purported call or gained access to it…With no legitimate attempt to confirm the identity of these alleged speakers, Oltmann attributed their alleged statements to Dr. Coomer. With no additional evidence, Oltmann then used these statements to falsely assert that Dr. Coomer subverted the results of the election. Defendants seized on and perpetuated these false allegations to further their own interests.

Here is what Coomer has had to endure since November 3, 2020:

Defendants knowingly circulated and amplified a baseless conspiracy theory to challenge the integrity of the presidential election. While this theory has been thoroughly rejected, its immediate and life-threatening effects remain very real. The deluge of misinformation has caused immense injury to Dr. Coomer’s reputation, professional standing, safety, and privacy. Once an esteemed private election technology expert, Dr. Coomer has been vilified and subjected to an onslaught of offensive messages and harassment. In response to multiple credible death threats, Dr. Coomer has been forced to leave his home in fear for his safety. Without concern for the truth or the consequences of their reckless conduct, Defendants branded Dr. Coomer a traitor to the United States, a terrorist, and a criminal of the highest order.

Here is the section on Metaxas:

Similarly, Eric Metaxas hosted an interview with Oltmann…on his radio talk show and podcast on November 24, 2020. This interview was published on Metaxas’s YouTube channel, The Eric Metaxas Radio Show, which has approximately 185,000 subscribers. During the Metaxas interview, Oltmann again falsely alleged that Dr. Coomer was an anonymous Antifa activist on a purported call Oltmann claimed to have infiltrated well before the election. And again allegedly determined from this call that Dr. Coomer subverted the presidential election. Metaxas also published these false statements despite their inherent improbability, the unreliability of his source, and the lack of credible evidence that an “Antifa conference call” actually happened.; that Dr. Coomer was present on the call; that the comments attributed to Dr. Coomer were actually spoken; and that the alleged election fraud actually occurred. Metaxas also took no actions or efforts to corroborate or verify the baseless allegations before publishing them and disregarded reliable sources establishing the contrary. Following this interview, Metaxas…published additional false statement in tweets, promoting his interview of Oltmann and the allegations of fraud to his followers. Like Oltmann, Metaxas conceived of a story that the result of the election were fraudulent and consciously set out to establish that Dr. Coomer perpetuated this fraud.

Warren Throckmorton has more.

Message to court evangelical Charlie Kirk: Land can’t vote

I logged on to Twitter today and found Charlie Kirk trending. Kirk is the court evangelical who co-founded (with Jerry Falwell Jr.) Liberty University’s Falkirk Center. In the last six weeks, the Falkirk Center has established itself as the leading evangelical voice for Trump voter fraud conspiracy theories. Its “fellows” include Kirk, Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis, and Salem Radio hosts Eric Metaxas and Sebastian Gorka.

Today Kirk tweeted this:

Kirk, who never attended college and has probably never taken a course in American history, American government, or political science, does not seem to understand how American elections work. I will let middle school history teach Matt Lakemacher explain:

For example, Trump won King County, Texas 151-8. He won Kenedy County, Texas 127-65. Biden won Harris County (Houston), Texas by over 200,000 votes. Trump wins in counties were very few people live.

I actually think Charlie Kirk does understand this, but he is banking on the fact that most Americans do not. In other words, this evangelical Christian who preaches in megachurches on the weekends, is being deliberately deceptive.

I like the way this math teacher puts it:

The court evangelicals continue to stand by Trump’s election fraud claims

Yesterday COVID-19 cases in the United States topped the 15 million mark. One of those cases is Trump election fraud lawyer and court evangelical Jenna Ellis.

Joe Biden introduced his public health team. Donald Trump gave a COVID press conference, took credit for the COVID vaccine, and claimed victory over the virus. And then he claimed that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election.

Trump is still fighting what he believes to be election fraud. Yesterday the Supreme Court refused to hear a last-minute Pennsylvania GOP request to overturn the commonwealth’s election results. The Supreme Court rejected the request in one sentence: “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court was denied.” There was no dissent. This means that Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett all rejected the application. Just a reminder: Trump nominated Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett.

Today Donald Trump retweeted this:

I have no idea what this tweet means in light of yesterday’s Supreme Court’s decision.

So what are Trump’s most loyal evangelical followers–the court evangelicals–saying:

Biden misspoke today and quickly correct himself. That is not good enough for Charlie Kirk, founder of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center:

Charlie is willing to go down with the ship. He is going to build the rest of his career on the foundation of Trumpism:

Here is Ryan Helfenbein, the director of the Liberty University Falkirk Center:

The Founding Fathers said that if the people got too much liberty they would cease to sacrifice for the common good of the nation and the republic would collapse.

Court evangelical journalist David Brody interviewed GOP national spokesperson Liz Harrington on his program “Just the News.”

Jim Garlow is still holding his “election integrity” prayer meetings.

Yesterday Eric Metaxas spent about 20 minutes talking about the online sale of his books. Then he moved into a segment on the upcoming Washington D.C. Jericho March on December 12. Pro-Trump evangelicals will march seven times around the U.S. Capitol Building and blow a shofar–just like the Israelites did with the city of Jericho in the Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter six. Metaxas believes that America experienced “every kind of possible fraud” in this election. He believes he is a modern-day Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He claims God will judge everyone who does not speak-up against election fraud.

Interesting tweet from Trump’s spiritual adviser:

Paula retweeted Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany yesterday:

James Dobson is praying for a GOP win in Georgia:

Franklin Graham is tweeting an election fraud piece from the Alt-right Breitbart News. He believes “forces of evil” are at work:

When “someone trying to attack American democracy heads to Gettysburg searching for a dramatic victory…”

Twitter is reporting that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani will be in Gettysburg later today.

Here is more from Jeremy Diamond of CNN.

Nothing I can say here can top Yoni Appelbaum’s tweet:

Or Paul’ Harvey’s tweet:

UPDATE (11:22 EST): Now it looks like Trump will not be attending.

The court evangelicals are now linked to yet another “national embarrassment”

Trump and his crack legal team are still claiming election fraud. On Saturday, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann wrote, “One might expect that when seeking a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption…that’s not what happened.” Brann dismissed the case with prejudice. This means that the Trump campaign cannot resubmit the case. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey called Brann “a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist.”

Trump adviser and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie called Trump’s legal team, which includes Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and former Colorado Christian University professor and current Liberty University spokesperson Jenna Ellis, a “national embarrassment.

Trump still refuses to admit defeat and is not cooperating with Joe Biden on a peaceful transition of power. Most sitting GOP members of Congress are unwilling to admit that Trump lost the election and refuse to call Joe Biden “president-elect.” A national embarrassment indeed.

The court evangelicals are another group of Trump supporters clinging to hopes of an election reversal. While a few of Trump’s evangelical advisers have gone silent, a few are still praying for a miracle. Let’s check in on them:

Jack Graham is still not sure “truth” and “transparency” has prevailed:

Interesting:

I think we all understand Paula:

Eric Metaxas is still holding “election integrity” prayer meetings. He held one last night. James Dobson was involved. So is Jim Garlow:

Metaxas is also promoting this Newsmax video. On Parler, Metaxas promoted a video in which Alan Dershowitz predicts Trump will win the aforementioned Pennsylvania case.

A tweeter mocked Biden’s stutter. Court evangelical journalist David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) retweeted him:

Liberty University spokesperson Charlie Kirk is still fighting the “good” fight:

Lance Wallnau:

Liberty University’s Falkirk Center believes we are in a spiritual battle:

Jonathan Falwell’s says if Liberty ever “goes liberal” he will “light the match” that burns the school to the ground.

What are the court evangelicals saying today?

Election Day 2020 was fifteen days ago. Let’s see how the court evangelicals are processing it.

Eric Metaxas is calling people to “get involved to save the republic.” (Some might say the republic was saved on November 3, 2020). He claims that election integrity is a “bipartisan issue.” Metaxas assumes that there was election fraud and then tells his followers that if they don’t write letters to state legislators they are contributing to the collapse of American democracy. Actually, American democracy worked just fine. In fact, Chris Krebs, the Director of Homeland Security, said that this was the most secure election in American history. And then Trump fired him.

Tony Perkins, Michelle Bachmann, and Metaxas are still praying for a Trump victory:

It looks like Robert Jeffress has something in common with Joe Biden:

Court evangelical journalist David Brody and fellow evangelical journalist Cal Thomas are pushing the election fraud narrative:

Charlie Kirk of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center continues to rant. Expect him to do the same thing in the coming weeks at an evangelical megachurch near you.

“We are juggling pitchers of ‘Marxaritas”:

The Falkirk Center at Liberty University is leading a revival of American fundamentalism. This kind of black and white thinking is at the heart of fundamentalism. It is all about stoking division in the name of God and Christian nationalism. It makes no effort at finding common ground.

Here is Lance Wallnau:

I believe God’s Chaos Code will be a constantly referenced and updated between 2020–2030 when nations align, Cyrus rulers emerge, and statesmen evangelists take their place. Those who understand the times will be wise and “those that know their God will be strong and shall do exploits!”

Some court evangelicals are still on board the sinking ship

Some of the court evangelicals are growing quiet as the Trump administration transitions (officially or not) into the Biden administration. But others are still fired-up.

Jack Graham looks like he has finally come to grips with the reality of this election. We are now living in “desperate hopelessness”:

Jack Graham calls Raphael Warnock, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Georgia, a “false teacher” based on this clip. Wow! But I am sure Graham believes Trumpism is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8).

Is Tony Perkins sending a message to evangelical Biden voters?:

Gary Bauer actually believes there were 1 million Trump supporters in Washington D.C. this weekend:

Yesterday on Parler, Eric Metaxas wrote, “Trump has won the election. It’s only a matter of time before everyone accepts that. Be patient and pray!: He shared this article from The Epoch Times.

Metaxas is devoting his whole show today to a Lou Dobbs interview with Trump and Michael Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell. Metaxas is describing this conspiracy theory about voting machines as a “Second American Revolution.”

Jim Garlow is still doing election fraud prayer meetings:

Garlow is also rallying the troops. Here is what he wrote today on his Facebook page:

Praise God for pastors who have guts. Who act like real leaders! Who have courage. Who obey God rather than man, when man defies God. In CA, PRAISE GOD for pastors like Jack Hibbs, Rob McCoy, Jeremy H. McGarity, Shane N Morgan Idleman, Jurgen Matthesius, John McArthur, Art Hodges and others.

STAND WITH THESE PASTORS. THEY ARE STANDING FOR YOU. NOW, YOU STAND WITH THEM. SUPPORT THEM. ATTEND CHURCHES WHERE PASTORS HAVE COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. List other pastors here who you know who are doing what is right – holding indoor, in person services – not walking in fear – who know when the govt is manipulating the culture – and are willing to love God over being “politically correct” wimps!

List other pastors who are NOT, NOT kowtowing to despotic, totalitarian leadership. Support these pastors!

(NOTE: Because of my age & weight, I take Covid seriously. Very seriously! I not scoff at the disease. I know people who have died from Covid. And two of my friends ALMOST died. I am careful. Very careful. But I don’t accept the dishonest manipulation of the numbers & the hysteria.)

The entire population should NOT be locked down because some of us (15% or so?) have vulnerabilities or comorbidites. People like me can stay at home. But NOT the entire population! That is ludicrous. The lockdowns are NOT about the disease. It is because the radical Leftist-Dem-Progressives are drunk on power. They are inebriated on their authoritarianism. And it is morally, ethically, biblically and legally wrong.

Garlow also posted a letter from Mike Huckabee to Joe Biden:

Dear Vice President Biden,

While I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I support President Trump, I have tried to be fair and stick to the issues. I even defended you on my TV program from an early personal attack, so I hope you will see that I’m not addressing you now as a partisan. It’s vitally important to put the good of the nation ahead of politics, particularly at a time like this, when events are at a tipping point and could easily spin out of control. I think you understand the need to be very cautious, from your reluctance to heed some of your supporters’ calls to declare victory.

In that spirit, I am calling on you to put partisanship and political ambition aside and join President Trump in demanding an impartial investigation into the very disturbing allegations of voter irregularities and fraud in Tuesday’s election.

Surely you must realize that some of the election officials’ actions and unbelievable poll results (202% turnout? Stacks of ballots that were 100% for you?) stink like a boxcar full of shrimp in the Mojave. If you do prevail without resolving these issues, your Administration will go down in history with a permanent black mark of cheating on it, whether it’s true or not. Imagine what you would say if, in a close state, 130,000 ballots all marked for Trump were suddenly dropped off from a Ferrari in the dead of night, as has been alleged in Detroit.

You ran for office on a promise to be a healer and uniter; to be a President of all the people, even those who didn’t support you; and to restore honor, integrity and honesty to the White House. Do you really think that’s likely if you take power under this dark cloud of suspicion? Even after 60 years, the memory of JFK’s legacy is still stained by a mere accusation of mob-stuffed ballot boxes securing his victory.

Also, think back on how much grief your side has given President Trump for the past four years, with the constant attacks and attempts to block his every action. The “resistance” movement justified its rabid opposition by claiming Trump was an “illegitimate” President, on no other grounds than that he didn’t win the popular vote (which, having run yourself three times, you know is meaningless) and “Russian collusion,” for which not a scrap of evidence could be found.

Now, imagine dealing with over 63 million furious Trump supporters and a GOP Senate (and after 2022, possibly a GOP House) who have a very convincing case that the race and their right to choose their own leaders were stolen from them. Their “resistance” will make what Trump dealt with look like a cake walk. These aren’t just some underemployed sociology majors. They’re the people who actually make the country run: farmers, ranchers, truckers, firefighters, police and construction workers.

If you really want to prove that you will bring honesty and integrity to the White House, and that you will represent all Americans, then you must join us in demanding a thorough and impartial investigation of these highly suspicious voting irregularities and refuse to declare victory until Americans have been assured that the vote was honest, that all their ballots were counted and that none were negated by illegal ballots. The people’s faith in the integrity of our elections is more important than the ambitions of either party.

Speaking as a Republican and strong Trump partisan, I promise that if the investigation proves that you won legitimately, then I will congratulate you on your win and accept the loss gracefully. But in all sincerity, I am concerned that if you do not take a stand now to insist on fair and legal elections, then you may eventually win the office, but it will be a bitter prize that will rip this nation apart, bring you more problems than you can imagine, and brand you in history as a President who took office under a cloud of suspicion that will never be removed.

I can’t think of a better illustration of Jesus’ question in Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Gov. Mike Huckabee

Court evangelical journalist David Brody is hoping:

This is rich. The Liberty University Falkirk Center, an organization built around the idea that Christians are suffering at the hands of the “liberal” or “socialist” state, is posting about victimhood. You can’t make this stuff up.

Wait. It gets even better. Here is a tweet about how the need for self-affirmation” leads to people to “stray from objective morality.” This pro-Trump organization does not seem to see the irony.

Charlie Kirk of Liberty University’s Falkirk Center is also claiming that 1 million Trump supporters were in D.C. this weekend. And then he connects the rally to voter fraud.

It is pretty hard to hear a court evangelical like Falkirk Center spokesperson Jenna Ellis talk about “truth.” (And in all caps nonetheless!)

And this:

Ellis also tweeted this.

You gotta love Sexton. He’s an Amherst College political science major named “Buck,” but he loves the welders and plumbers. I guess humanities degrees are fine for people from first and second tier colleges.

This is the best thing I have read on alleged voter fraud

It is from conservative writer David French at his Dispatch newsletter. Here is a taste of his piece “The Presidential Election Was Legitimate. Conspiracies Are Not“:

How should we think of the state of play? Aside from the ordinary (and considerable) sting of a presidential loss, is there any objective reason for this extraordinary amount of hysteria? Is the election, in fact, being stolen?

The short answer is no. There is zero evidence of either fraud or other unlawful irregularity sufficient to cast the emerging result into doubt. That’s not the same thing as saying there has been no fraud. That’s not the same thing as saying there have been no unlawful irregularities. But we still can have confidence in the outcome.

Let’s walk through some of the most viral claims of malfeasance and irregularity. As you’ll see, this newsletter will rely heavily on the extraordinary work of our Dispatch Fact Check team. Without further ado—and in question-and-answer form—let the debunking commence.

French asks and answers several questions:

  1. “Should I be suspicious about the fact that the vote counting is taking so long?
  2. “Should I be suspicious that mail-in ballots are overwhelmingly Democratic?”
  3. “Should I be suspicious of the extraordinary turnout numbers in swing states?”
  4. “But weren’t there a number of highly-suspicious and unusual ‘ballot dumps’ that altered the numbers?”
  5. “Okay, but I’ve heard that Republicans have been barred from observing the count. Is that true?”
  6. “Wait. It looks like there were multiple jurisdictions where down-ballot Republicans received more votes than the president?”

Read the entire piece here.

Al Mohler condemns “making generalized charges of voter fraud without specifics that can be investigated.”

Trump voter and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler weighed-in yesterday on voter fraud. Here is a taste of Leah MarieAnn Klett’s piece at The Christian Post:

But on Thursday, Mohler argued that while “President Trump has pointed to what he considers to be election irregularities,” there is “no serious credible concern” about voting irregularity “that is a matter of public record.”

“If there is any credible evidence that there was some effort to commit voter fraud on any widespread effort, then that needs to be identified and investigated, and if it does change the results of the election materially, America should deal with that,” Mohler said.

Claiming voter fraud without concrete evidence, Mohler said, can put the country’s existence in danger.

“It can happen and it has happened,” he said, referencing fraud during the 1960 election, “but making generalized charges of voter fraud without specifics that can be investigated, that’s quite dangerous to America as a nation.”

Read the entire piece here. I think this is the best we are going to get from a Trump evangelical.

Why is Biden getting most of the mail-in votes?

Several people are asking me why the mail-in ballots are trending heavily toward Joe Biden. I am a teacher, so I thought I would do a quick post for the record:

First, Democrats tend to believe doctors and scientists (like Anthony Fauci) when they say that COVID-19 is spread in crowds. They thus want to avoid the long lines on Election Day and take advantage of the mail-in option. Republicans and Trump voters also believe the scientists and doctors, but they do so in smaller numbers.

Trump told his followers to vote on Election Day. He does not trust mail-in ballots. This is ironic in light of the fact that the mail-in-ballots are helping Trump in Arizona right now, a state with a tradition of mail-in ballots and where Republicans are more comfortable voting this way.

The court evangelical post -election narrative is emerging. It’s all about voter fraud

Here is what it looks like so far:

It begins, of course, with Donald Trump, the source of all knowledge and truth:

Here is Franklin:

Some folks on my social media feeds want to give Franklin the benefit of the doubt. “He just wants to pray for America,” they say. This may be true, but let’s not ignore Franklin’s reference to “steal the election.” This would be like saying, “Many fear John Fea is a criminal, so join me in praying for God’s will in his life.”

The Falkirk Center crowd at Liberty University is tweeting.

The problem with this tweet from Jenna Ellis is that Trump behaves and speaks like we ARE a “nation of rulers.” And do we really believe that Trump cares about the Constitution?:

Charlie Kirk doesn’t understand that some votes are always counted after election day:

Twitter flagged several of Kirk’s tweets in the last few hours.

James Robison is turning “the battle” over to God:

Paula White has bought the Trump narrative:

I think Gary Bauer may have tweeted too soon:

Jim Garlow is holding a 3pm prayer meeting “AGAINST CAMPAIGN FRAUD.” You can watch it on ZOOM

Trump says he expects violence in the streets tomorrow

Trump is scared to death about Election Day. He is already challenging the legitimacy of the election in Pennsylvania and suggesting that violence will erupt in the streets if he loses. Does anyone think that this is not a dog whistle to his followers? Let’s hope that this election wraps up early and Pennsylvania does not play a factor in the electoral vote count. If it does, things will get ugly.

Twitter had to flag another Trump post tonight.

Here is Reuters:

(Reuters) – Twitter TWTR.N and Facebook FB.O late on Monday both flagged a post by President Donald Trump that called a U.S. Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania “very dangerous.”

The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, states pivotal to Trump’s re-election chances. The decision let stand a ruling by Pennsylvania’s top court allowing mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to three days later to be counted.

“The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one,” Trump wrote in his post on both platforms. “It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!”

Twitter added a disclaimer to Trump’s tweet, saying that its content was “disputed” and “might be misleading.”

Read the rest here.

The worst moment of Election Day violence in American history

It happened 100 years ago today in Ocoee, Florida. Here is Gillian Brockell at The Washington Post:

There are at least 129 accounts of what happened that day in Ocoee, and they vary wildly.

Some said the attack was a spur-of-the-moment reaction to a Black man trying to vote. Others said it had been carefully planned by White residents for weeks. Only a few Black folks were killed that day; or, dozens of bodies were piled into a mass grave. Every Black resident who survived fled the day after; or, survivors were harassed, threatened and cheated out of land for the next seven years until they all left.

This is what is certain: 100 years ago, on Nov. 2, 1920 — the same day women voted nationally for the first time — the worst instance of Election Day violence in American history unfolded in a small Florida town west of Orlando.

And the perpetrators got away with what they did for the rest of their lives. There are no roadside markers in Ocoee as you might find in Selma, Ala., no excavation projects to locate the purported mass grave as in Tulsa. Until recently, many descendants of survivors had no idea they were descendants of survivors or that they had been robbed of a valuable inheritance long before they were born.

Now, after years of research, a new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando has unearthed a crime long buried.

Read the rest here.

Texas drive-through ballots will count

I am continually shocked that there are people in the United States of America who want to do everything possible to prevent others from voting.

I am glad to see that the Texas GOP did not get their way. Here is The New York Times:

A federal judge in Houston on Monday rejected Republican efforts to invalidate more than 127,000 votes that were cast at drive-through locations in Harris County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

The lawsuit was one of the most aggressive moves by Republicans in an election marked by more than 400 voting-related lawsuits. And it came as Texas, long considered reliably Republican in presidential elections, has emerged as a swing state this year, with polls showing an unusually close race there.

Harris County, the most populous county in Texas, is home to one of the state’s largest concentrations of Democratic voters. It had set up 10 drive-through voting sites to offer a safe, in-person voting option amid the pandemic, and polls were open for 18 days.

But in a lawsuit, Republicans argued that Chris Hollins, the Harris County Clerk, did not have the authority to allow drive-through voting in the county.

Read the rest here.