After Disbanding Voting Commission, Congress Needs to Investigate Trump for Fraud

I’d like everyone to take a moment to let the reality sink in that this current “president” just created, then disbanded, a federal commission supposedly looking into “massive voter fraud” during the 2016 election in a matter of only a few months.

Keep in mind, Donald Trump still maintains that millions of people voted illegally which, if true, would constitute possibly the biggest scandal in this nation’s history — and could possibly invalidate his election. Yet, despite his insistence that there’s rampant voter fraud, even though there’s absolutely no evidence to support his asinine claims, this “president” disbanded this commission citing “legal battles” as the cause.

Think about it, if it’s true that “millions of people voted illegally,” this current “president” just said to the American people that it’s no longer worth looking into. That’s extraordinary.

Though, of course, this is all bullshit and it has been since the very beginning.

Millions of people didn’t “vote illegally” during the 2016 election, nor is there any evidence — anywhere in the country — of rampant voter fraud.

The truth is, Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, his ego couldn’t handle that, nor did he want to simply admit that more Americans wanted her to be our president instead of him, so he did what he always does — he cried “Conspiracy!”

Because, with Trump, whenever something doesn’t go his way, it’s always because there’s some “conspiracy against him.”

This commission was nothing more than a taxpayer-funded farce meant to cater to Trump’s ego that even many Republican states resisted as it demanded sensitive, and often private, voter data from millions of Americans.

Meanwhile, this has always been based on Trump’s own delusions. Despite repeated claims by both this “president” and members of the commission, they’ve yet to provide a single piece of evidence of the so-called “voter fraud” they claim cost Trump the popular vote.

Like most Republicans who use this nonsense, they just claim there’s “evidence of voter fraud,” yet they don’t actually provide any proof. Then if they do actually use any “evidence,” it’s usually some random nonsense found on a blog on the Internet where some other conspiracy theorist who either has no idea what they’re talking about, or has an agenda they’re trying to push, has come up with some cock-eyed conspiracy that “proves” people voted illegally.

My issue here is, Congress needs to investigate the Trump administration over this commission. Not only was this put together based on absolutely no evidence other than Trump’s incoherent ramblings and insecurities, but it wasted taxpayer money, and these folks were out there trying to gather and solicit private voting information seemingly until they realized they had no chance to win their legal challenges against the states refusing to turn that private voting data over to them.

We can’t let Trump just drop this and walk away. This wasn’t something small and inconsequential. This was the current “president” of the United States insisting that “millions of people voted illegally,” setting up a taxpayer-funded commission that often operated secretly, avoiding transparency about what it was they were doing, that was out there trying to bully states into turning over highly-personal voting information to the federal government.

Congress needs to force Trump and his administration to turn over whatever “evidence” they claim they found of voter fraud, communication between its members concerning what they were doing, and find out what, exactly, was the real purpose of all of this.

Because as it stands now, it seems to have only served two possible purposes:

  • To mask Trump’s insecurities so that he wouldn’t have to admit Clinton won the popular vote.
  • Collect the personal voting information of millions of Americans.

All paid for by taxpayers.

Either way, neither are ethical reasons for creating this commission. I believe it’s time Congress investigates this “president’ for fraud against the American people after wasting time, and our money, on something that was meant to cater to his fragile ego and/or collect personal voting information on millions of Americans. And if the latter was the main reason for all of this, I think we deserve to know why and what they’ve done with whatever data they were able to collect.

The bottom line is, Donald Trump needs to answer for all of this outside the comfort of his Twitter rants where he can say whatever he wants without actually having to prove anything he’s saying.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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