Dear Republicans: Prove it or shut up

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Last week, President-elect Donald Trump claimed that enough illegal immigrants had voted in the 2016 presidential election to more than account for his 2.5 million-vote deficit in the popular vote. When that claim was attacked as utterly without substance, Trump’s defenders rushed to argue otherwise.

In a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked whether he agreed with Trump, or whether he agreed with those who accused the president-elect of total fabrication.

“I don’t know,” Ryan responded. “I’m not really focused on these things.”

Well, I do know. I call total and absolute BS¹.

If Trump honestly believed that millions of illegal votes had been cast against him, he would not content himself with tweeting complaints about it. If Ryan  thought it was even possible that millions of illegal immigrants had voted in this election, affecting the outcome of many down-ballot races, including races for Congress, then he and his fellow Republicans would already be launching massive congressional investigations, and the likes of Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz would be salivating at the prospect of leading those high-profile probes.

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general with a long if unsuccessful history in trying to prosecute vote fraud cases, would likewise be announcing a full-blown national investigation to find and prosecute those voters.

Instead, we get nothing. Silence.

So let me issue a challenge to the Republican Party and its supporters:

You now have control of the awesome resources and authority of every branch of the federal government. I’m not going to appeal to your patriotism, or to your devotion to rule of law, to democracy or the Constitution. I’m going to appeal to your own self-partisan interest, because that seems the most powerful animating force in the universe right about now.

Go out and prove it.

If you are successful, you could validate what has become a central tenet of modern conservatism. You could silence and humiliate people like me, who consistently point out that you have no evidence to justify the claims that you make. You could build an overwhelming political and legal case for the strictest voter-ID laws imaginable. You could ensure that the millions of illegal votes allegedly cast against you in 2016 would never be cast against you again.  The partisan advantages of proving this voter fraud that you have been whining about for a decade now would be overwhelming.

All you have to do is prove it.

Create a bipartisan investigatory commission, give it subpoena power and a full staff. Find those people who are allegedly making a mockery of our democratic system, and prosecute and jail them, because if they exist, then they damn sure ought to be prosecuted and jailed. A vote-fraud scheme on that scale would have to be organized and orchestrated;  find the orchestrators and organizers, and prosecute them to the absolute full extent of the law.

If literally millions of such illegal votes were cast — apparently even in states with Republican election officials, legislatures and governors– then you should have no problem whatsoever in producing not a scattered handful of convictions and not a hundred, but thousands of them. Even 3,000 such convictions would amount to just one conviction for each 1,000 criminal acts that you allege to have occurred nationwide.

Prove it, or shut the hell up.


¹ Baloney situation.

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revahank618
revahank618

Thanks, and congratulations. Hank Ezell

Robert1959
Robert1959

Donald "birther" Trump, the 1st white nationalist POTUS 2016.  How deplorable.  The good news is Trump will be measured against the accomplishments of President Barack Obama, the twice elected 1st Black American POTUS (2008-2016).  Thank you God for checks and balances.  For the 1st time in Trump's life he will be held accountable or the American People will "fire" his racist a$$.

Robert1959
Robert1959

@InTheMiddle2 In all walks of life a white man could never beat a Black man in anything (sports, business, politics, education etc.).  When the playing field is level Black will beat the crap out of white.  Is that better?

Robert1959
Robert1959




Thank you for taking off your costume (tinfoil hat, sheet and combat boots). What branch of the homegrown terrorist group(s) known as the GOP/tea party are you affiliated - kkk, skinhead, militia, nazi, brownshirt or birther? Your family, friends and neighbors know who you are. Welcome to the 21st Century and the civilized world – 2016.  Crazy, deplorable tea party lunatics






 





 



YouLibs
YouLibs

Romneycare, I mean Obamacare sheets.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

http://www.culture-war.info/Socialism.html   Here you go DP-  some meat (or garbage) to chew on-  I know I know because it is heavy handed to the caps I must be an ardent non caring capitalist or it could simply be some stuff to talk about v. popular vote v. a rep. democracy.  anyway  


To address Sky I suppose my vain attempt to get communities away from the "other side is stupid"- we waste so much time and motion--

skydog12
skydog12

@Cupofjoe


I don`t think there has ever been a convertee on either side. Not as a whole, but on any given issue.

Cupofjoe
Cupofjoe

What do they all have in common?

v. "you are an idiot"  from the left today?  This is a playground of nothingness that tends to attract folks who can express anger and contempt knowing the only repercussions are a cute zinger or two back from fellow no names or, gosh forbid, temporary expulsion from Jay.    

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Look at Downinalbany
Look at Philo Farthingsworth
Look at Better dead than reb
Look at tee hee

What do they all have in common?
To a one, they have no political principles per se, only a desire to figure out what 'libruls' want and then thwart it, sticking a thumb in their eye.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@JohnnyReb @Donnie_Pinko 

my political ideology is an integral part of my being

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Oh I don't doubt that much, as evidenced by your spending a goodly chunk of your life on this comment board over the last 7 years. Maybe more.


But the extent of what political ideology is to you is the Rush Limbaugh approach: listen for what liberals are saying and then do the opposite.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Donnie_Pinko 

What, you constipated?  As you are certainly full of it.

I can only speak for myself, but....

my political ideology is an integral part of my being just like knowing right from wrong.

Unlike Dems who most of the time are in it for their selfish selves, I am in favor for the good of the nation and its citizens.

The problem with LibProgs is, they most often don't know what is best for themselves or the nation.

skydog12
skydog12

@Donnie_Pinko


I had a little brother like that. We siblings killed him in his sleep at 12.

gadem
gadem

@JohnnyReb @Donnie_Pinko so you want to meddle and infringe on personal liberties as long as it is not Guns and fake news? But you will meddle as it pertains to sexuality, reproduction, religious beliefs, and healthcare...got it. You want an actual nanny state.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Donnie_Pinko @JohnnyReb 

They cried "horrors" when they felt Clinton had made a misstatement. 

But not a peep about the three million imaginary voters Trump claimed exist, nor the pizza/sex slave operation claimed by members of Trump's prospective cabinet. 

Principles?  Pah!

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

My, even a bigger right-wing filth cesspit here than usual this morning.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko Should have seen the reaction to the Scott shooting in SC.


People were actually justifying him being shot in the back. I know all about Godwins law


But this is how fascist states start. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

so I would not put it passed him to try.


You can spot the Trump voters a mile away 

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Hedley_Lammar


You can certainly understand why they're uncomfortable with the elites and the educated.

gadem
gadem

Cons are still lying and posting opinion as fact. I've got a few opinions about Donald and his worshipers that I will post in a few.

gadem
gadem

@InTheMiddle2 @gadem I want to speak in words that you understand....you are part of the uneducated bunch.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gadem Darn lying liars keep lying about what is being lied about. OMG...

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gadem Project much or is ignorance your standard way of coping with what you do not understand.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gadem @InTheMiddle2 You got to raise your game if you want to go toe to toe with me. If you are ever able to develop a thought that is not driven by hysteria, let me know.

gadem
gadem

The worshipers of Donald love to be lied and misled. As one supporter said, America was founded as a white country (don't know where he got that information) and he does not want to see America change anymore. Most of Donald's dupes are lying racist and are to coward to say that they don't like people of color. They use fake news as a basis for all claims that they make. "Clinton Cash" is a book written entirely on fiction. There are people that are conspiracy theorist that are infiltrating DC, and will run this country into the ground.

I will defend my family and my community from all threats both foreign and domestic.

skydog12
skydog12

@gadem


Infiltrating DC? 

They are already there. His name is Bannon.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@InTheMiddle2 @gadem Project much or is ignorance your standard way of coping with what you do not understand.


Ignorance. Well you just have to look passed it


LMAO

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

I like the idea of stealing that Supreme Court pick back.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@JeffreyEav I look at it as doing what was right in the first place and not rewarding the GOP refusal to follow the constitution.