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Why is Trump So Obsessed With Election Fraud?

In a recent interview with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump had some strong words to share regarding perceived flaws in our election process. He went on about how it’s “impossible to have a fair election,” how “they’re trying to steal the election,” and more.

Those are serious allegations that should absolutely be looked into if he believes them to be true. With an election looming in a matter of months, Trump should probably be using his power to fix the voting conspiracies he’s spewing out, no?

Unless he really just doesn’t know what he’s talking about, which seems more likely than not. Let’s dive into a couple of the strangest quotes regarding voter fraud from his interview:

 

“They are sending out 51 million ballots to people that didn’t ask for them.”

 

“But they want to send what’s called mail-in, universal mail-in ballots. Fifty-one million ballots sent to who knows who? I mean, you know, where are they going?”

 

Here’s where I’d like to clarify that they sent out 51 million mail-in ballot applications. Applications. Massive difference. These people aren’t receiving ballots unless they’ve applied to receive one using the form that they must’ve previously gotten in the mail.

Finally, Trump delivered a slightly more worrisome quote:

 

“This is going to be the greatest scam in history. This will be the most fraudulent election in history.”

 

Is it just me, or does it seem like he’s projecting? By no means is this the first time he’s claimed that our elections are somehow fraudulent. Remember 2016? He based a notable portion of his campaign around his idea that the election was rigged. It looks like he’s trying this tactic again.

I have to wonder, what is the purpose of calling out conspiracies about our “rigged” election cycle? Is he starting to build a narrative around a potential loss? Or is he, again, projecting on his own behalf?

  • Is Trump’s Obsession With Voter Fraud Worrisome?

    • Yes! These allegations are serious.
    • No, he’s just babbling.

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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