It’s Not Who Votes, It’s Who Counts Them
James Allan, Quadrant, 5 November 2020
A conservative friend who dislikes Trump asked about his 2am speech branding the election as a fraud. Here’s my reply:
I guess my immediate response to any criticisms of Trump’s performance last night is to tease out some of the underlying assumptions. There are three basic possible premises.
1/ The Democrats did not cheat.
2/ The Democrats did cheat.
3/ We can’t know for sure, but the Democrats may have cheated.
In regard to #1, if this is true then Trump’s claims about stealing an election are despicable. Thus far I haven’t been overwhelmed with any evidence on this front. But it may come.
Re #2. On this premise I don’t think there was anything at all wrong with Trump’s 2am performance. I would have done the same.
Re #3. I assume most people fall here. We don’t know. We do know that Wisconsin now has, what, an 86 per cent turnout. That is nearing NZ levels, the highest in the world for any non-compulsory voting jurisdiction.