When Trump shocked the world in November by winning the presidency, most assumed that the very last thing Trump would be interested in doing would be challenging the integrity of the electoral process. Nevertheless, when he learned that he lost the popular vote by more than three million votes, Trump’s ego got the better of him, and he embarked on a crusade to prove that he only lost the popular vote because of voter fraud. This crusade has included, notably, a voter fraud commission that has demanded that the states turn over sensitive voter information to the Trump administration.
Despite many right-wingers’ best efforts to show a massive pool of voters gaming the system (typically, in their fantasy, these voters are illegal immigrants, or some different “other” group), data show that voter fraud is an incredibly rare event in this country. However, it is not non-existent. Take, for example, the case of Trump voter Terri Lynn Rote, who was just convicted of voting twice for the Donald.
As reported by Little Village:
President Trump has angrily tweeted about voter fraud many times since winning last November’s election, but don’t expect him to tweet about the sentencing on Thursday of someone who actually committed voter fraud.
Terri Lynn Rote was arrested in October, for casting ballots at two early voting locations in Des Moines. Rote, a registered Republican and fervent Trump supporter, told Iowa Public Radio she voted twice, because she was worried her first vote for Trump would be counted as a vote for Hillary Clinton instead.
“The polls are rigged,” Rote said.
“The polls are rigged.” Now where would Rote get that idea? If Trump’s voter fraud commission truly wants to investigate voter fraud and its causes, perhaps it ought to look a little closer to home.