Donald Trump and shoeshine boy Rudy Giuliani like to throw around claims of dead people voting in massive numbers.
Eight thousand dead voters in Philly! Make that 30,000!
Uh, yeah. As he admitted to Arizona’s House speaker, Giuliani had no evidence for any of his claims, only theories.
Ah, but I’m here to report that Colorado has confirmed an instance. Sorry, Rudy, but the dead person’s vote went to your client.
It’s quite a story, actually, because the man who cast his presumed-dead wife’s vote was (is?) being investigated for her murder.
Barry Morphew is the name, a resident of Chaffee County in Southern Colorado. His wife Suzanne disappeared two years ago. He was held for months as the prime suspect, then released in April when the case grew cold. Whoever killed Suzanne did a really good job of concealing the deed.
Morphew didn’t try to conceal his illegal vote, however. He told the FBI, “I just thought I’d give (Trump) another vote. I figured all these other guys are cheating.”
Who are “these other guys,” Barry? Maybe Rudy can tell us. The only other cheaters we can lock-cinch confirm from 2020 were those conspiring to re-install Trump president after getting shellacked at the polls.
“All these other guys.” That line is one of the fruits of the Big Lie.
Trump has built an industry of out of bogus claims, brick by brick. In the process, he’s raked in millions of dollars from followers who believe he needs their money to investigate the “steal.”
In the Jan. 6 rally that sent rioters on their merry way up the Capitol steps, Trump juiced the crowd with specious voter claims:
“Dead people. Lots of dead people. Thousands.”
In Pennsylvania, he crowed, “you had 205,000 more votes than you had voters” and “10,000 votes illegally counted.”
All were among the claims Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, pronounced to be “bullshit.”
Of course, Trump knew it was all a lie. Steve Bannon assured as much in a broadcast before the 2020 election: When Trump lost, he was going to say he won – bigly. Then he would surf the wave of chaos as far as he could.
As grievous as was Trump’s comportment, lounging before the big screen while big-bellied rioters assaulted the Capitol and threatened his vice president’s life – more egregious is what the Big Lie has done to our elections system.
Draconian moves have been made nationwide to make voting more difficult and purge voters, all based on unconscionably bogus claims pertaining to “ballot security" and more.
Last week the Republican-majority Wisconsin legislature passed a bill to ban voting drop boxes except at county election headquarters.
As one who uses them, let me say, “You’ve got to be kidding.”
Ballot drop boxes are absolutely secure and are the essence of voter convenience. No evidence exists – none – that they can or ever have been used fraudulently. They are more secure, for example, than the mailbox outside your pharmacy.
The only reason for this move is the Republican power structure’s pledging allegiance to Trump’s Big Lie.
It was a disgusting spectacle — an insult to Americans far and wide — that at its state convention, the Texas Republican Party voted to pronounce Joe Biden’s win null and void.
Based on what? Rudy’s “theories”? No — based on the calculated fiction of one serial liar on the cusp of indictment for defrauding the U.S. government and fomenting an insurrection.
Texas Republicans also called for a vote on secession from the United States. Let me be the first to say:
Good luck, compadres. After our troops at Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Sam Houston and elsewhere occupy all major citadels, gulf ports, petrochemical facilities, oil fields and pro football palaces, and control the entire I-35 corridor, they will have reduced New Texas to a place where only the deer and antelope play – and a functioning electric grid won’t matter at all.
The Republican Party, running on a lie and supporting a lawbreaker, isn’t fit to hang a shingle in a constitutional republic.
Longtime newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.