Publisher's note: The author of this post is Mitch Kokai for the John Locke Foundation.
Editors at Issues and Insights highlight
a recurring preemptive election complaint from the Democratic presidential nominee
- Joe Biden is leading in the polls by wide margins, but he's already making excuses should he lose to Donald Trump in November. Namely, he's saying the president is planning to somehow steal the election.
- Back in June, Biden told "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah that "It's my greatest concern, my single greatest concern: This president is going to steal this election. This is a guy who said all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, direct voting by mail, while he sits behind a desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in the primary."
- Earlier this month, Biden announced that he would deploy 600 lawyers and 10,000 volunteers to fight against election "chicanery."
- Then last week, Biden predicted that Trump was "going to try to indirectly steal the election by arguing that mail-in ballots don't work. They're not real. They're not fair."
- Trump's complaint is that states are using the pandemic to rush through universal mail-in voting schemes and that this will make voter fraud easier.
- Trump is right to worry. After all, look who's pushing these all-mail voting schemes. Democrats tried to force every state to adopt universal mail-in voting for this November through a provision tucked into the CARES Act, which also would have waived basic security requirements such as witness signatures and official postmarks. Republicans blocked these efforts.
- So now leftist groups are busy filing state lawsuits across the country — more than 150 so far — to achieve through the courts what they couldn't get through Congress.
- Democrats and their media allies repeatedly claim that there's no evidence mail-in elections will invite voter fraud and that all Trump is doing is trying to do is make excuses for when he loses.