It is held by some conservatives that President Trump isn’t really a wild man with his finger on the button but is actually playing “3D Chess” or some variation of a grand complex game.
But in actuality, it’s not hard to figure Trump out. He says untrue things to get attention, then backs off of them later when it’s convenient – and when nobody is looking.
On Wednesday, the POTUS largely abandoned his fight to expose so-called “voter fraud” that he has long-insisted to be encouraged by Democrats. Here’s the official White House statement:
“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” the White House said in a statement. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”
Founded during the Bush era, the Department of Homeland Security is no liberal mecca. But any governance on the issue of voting rights is preferable to the direct governance of Trump…a man who believes he suffers from an over-abundance of civil rights.
After the November ’16 election, Trump boasted that he had, in fact, won the popular vote in addition to winning the Electoral College:
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had just won the popular vote by several million voters. Therefore, Trump’s claim was obvious hogwash.
Or was it? Right-wing zealots protested that widespread voter fraud does, in fact, exist, despite evidence to the contrary – and Trump was allowed to open his own “Voter Fraud” commission under direction of the White House.
Obviously, no such evidence of widespread fraud has been found in the frantic search to justify the President’s claims. As of today, the commission will stop costing new tax dollars.
It’s true that a request for voter files from every state was met with opposition by some state election officials, and there were several lawsuits filed over privacy concerns.
But some of those lawsuits were supported by libertarians and other right-wing groups. Civil liberties are at stake when a President assembles teams of lawyers to “look into the facts” behind his own exaggerated boasting.
Liberals are hailing another victory in what has become an unlikely winter of wins:
Trump’s voter fraud commission was a shameful attempt at voter suppression that should have never existed in the first place. This is a win for voters across the country.https://t.co/7lIbndnAoa
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 4, 2018
Let’s see what hyperbolic Trump statement the White House wastes time and taxpayer dollars on next. Hopefully, it won’t involve testing a button.