Monday, August 19, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He found another 11 million votes he's decided to count for himself.

Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton by 2,764,903 votes. Even though he still won the electoral college vote, he immediately claimed that three to five million people had voted illegally for Clinton. (He didn't say how he knew how they voted, or who they were, or how they'd accomplished it. A "commission" he created after taking office to find evidence for his claims couldn't say, either.)

Today, Trump inflated that claim to sixteen million votes. This time, the culprit was Google, which supposedly "manipulated" 12% of the total votes cast. 

It didn't. As Hillary Clinton herself put it:

It's always difficult to tell if Trump believes these claims, although it's pretty clear he expects other people to. But with a series of very ominous polls coming in that show him in danger of losing re-election, Trump is rattled. Today, he spun a conspiracy theory about "something going on" at Fox News, whose poll shows him losing by wide margins in 2020 to every leading Democratic candidate. 

Trump, whose campaign knew about and—at the very least—approved of Russia's attempts to intervene in the election on his behalf, seems to be repeating his stance from 2016: that elections are only valid if he wins them.

What's wrong with this?

  • Pushing propaganda showing overwhelming support for the leader is what dictators do.