Trump’s rigged elec­tion

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Bradley Al­ger, Bal­ti­more

Don­ald Trump has spe­cial in­for­ma­tion that mil­lions of il­le­gal votes were cast even though none of his spe­cial poll-watch­ers seem to have re­ported de­tect­ing such wide­spread fraud. He thinks he’d have won the pop­u­lar vote (which he lost, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial records) if it weren’t for th­ese il­le­gal votes, so this is a grave mat­ter. Did he get the in­for­ma­tion from the same se­cret, con­fi­den­tial sources that al­low him to know “more than the gen­er­als” about ISIS, and that global cli­mate change is a “hoax” cooked up by the Chi­nese, etc.? One trou­bling ques­tion: Given that Amer­i­cans vote by se­cret bal­lot, how does he know that the mil­lions of il­le­gal votes were all cast against him? How do we know that the il­le­gal votes weren’t for him? Have his sources bro­ken the se­crecy of the bal­lot?

That would clearly cast more than a shadow of doubt over the elec­tion re­sults. The cred­i­bil­ity of our en­tire free elec­toral process, the foun­da­tion of our democ­racy, is at stake when the pres­i­dent-elect at­tacks it. He must pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion on how he knows that the elec­tion was rigged and what we can do to pre­vent such things from hap­pen­ing again. No more free passes for our fu­ture pres­i­dent — his words mat­ter, and we have to take them se­ri­ously.

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