While eulogizing John Lewis on Thursday, Barack Obama brought up the issue of voting rights. No issue was more important to the legendary congressman. Lewis had literally spilled his blood to ensure that African Americans had the right to vote in America.
Republicans, not surprisingly, were apoplectic that Obama would talk about voting at a funeral. Tucker Carlson called the 44th President greasy and said he “put on a fake accent.”
During Friday appearance on Fox News, Stephen Miller discussed expanding mail in-ballots. The controversial Trump adviser used to platform to spread disinformation about the mail-in ballot process.
Miller’s boss has been on this tangent for weeks. Yesterday, the President tweeted, “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
The adviser to the President was asked about this tweet during his Fox appearance. “The President brought attention to catastrophic problem of universal mail-in ballots,” Miller said. Nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed, nobody checks to see if they are even a U.S. Citizen. [Voter fraud could be] “happening on a scale of potentially millions of people.”
Journalists were quick to point out that Miller’s statement was a lie. Each state is in charge of their own ballots, but all have some kind of system in place to prove identity.
The New York Times’ Wajahat Ali said of the comments, “It’s beginning. Trump, Barr, Stephen Miller & Republicans are deliberately spreading chaos, disinformation & lies about mail-in voting to make us lose faith in the elections. The press has one job: to call out these lies, debunk them asap, not repeat them and tell the truth.”
It's beginning. Trump, Barr, Stephen Miller & Republicans are deliberately spreading chaos, disinformation & lies about mail-in voting to make us lose faith in the elections. The press has one job: to call out these lies, debunk them asap, not repeat them and tell the truth.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) July 31, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.