Friday, August 11, 2017

Robert Reich -- Ready to be horrified? Republicans Actually Want to Postpone the 2020 Election

If a presidential election were held today, President Trump’s approval ratings suggest he would be in deep trouble. The good news for Trump is he doesn’t have to face voters again until 2020 (though the fate of his Republican allies in 2018 is a different question). But what if he didn’t have to face the voters then, either?

Ready to be horrified?

What percent of Republicans do you think would support Trump if he wanted to postpone the 2020 presidential election until the country could make sure only eligible Americans vote?

(Postponing or suspending elections under such false pretenses is a tactic used by third-world dictators to subvert democracy.)

The Washington Post surveyed Republican voters to find out. Turns out:

52 percent would support postponement if Trump recommended it.

56 percent said they’d support postponement if both Trump and congressional Republicans recommended it.

47 percent still believe Trump won the popular vote.

68 percent believe millions of illegal immigrants voted.

73 percent believe voter fraud happens somewhat or very often.

Reminder: There's not a shred of evidence of voter fraud in the 2016 election (except, perhaps, whatever Russian agents managed to do). And Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes.

“Ignorance and despotism seem made for each other.” – Thomas Jefferson.

By David A. Graham