The genesis of those claims, of course, is twice-impeached President Donald Trump’s infantile refusal to admit that he was rejected by the American public. It has become the lie that won’t die, calling for us to hold our nose and repeat some facts.
You know, such as the fact Trump and his allies filed some 60 lawsuits related to the election; each was rejected, including dozens that came before Trump-appointed judges.
And an audit of votes in Arizona’s largest county, conducted by a sham company run by an outspoken Trump supporter, found that Joe Biden won the election there by 360 more votes than originally counted.
And in a deposition that came out last week, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said: “I read some stuff — I think it was maybe on Facebook — I laid it out to the public as what we knew to be the facts, and no, I had no idea if it was true or not. I didn’t even try to check. Why would I try to check? You wouldn’t have a story then.”
So, we have American democracy depending on what somebody reads on Facebook. It’s one thing if your Aunt Gertrude spreads falsehoods; it’s another if the president’s lawyer does it.
And in response to a defamation lawsuit, lawyer Sidney Powell — who filed lawsuits on Trump’s behalf — said, “No reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.”
Judging by the emails sent to Kimsey, there are plenty of unreasonable people out there. Which again reminds us of Alice: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Among the frequent tropes is a claim that has gained traction on conservative websites that Clark County (and others) had more votes than voters. Kimsey responded: “For the 2020 General Election, Clark County received 277,013 ballots. As of Nov. 3, 2020, (date of general election) in Clark County there were 327,355 active registered voters.”
Among the other frequent tropes is a call for an audit using “kinematic artifact detection.” Which might be a problem because the founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research called the process “totally made up.” An earlier invention by the founder of “kinematic artifact detection” was ranked by PC World as one of the “25 worst tech products of all time.”
Credibility, however, is no factor when it comes to claims of election fraud. Neither, apparently, is logic — considering that Washington has a national reputation for election security and Biden beat Trump here by 785,000 votes.
All of which makes this curiouser and curiouser. But as Lewis Carroll wrote, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”