Retired Navy Commander
- Sep 3, 2014
- Reaction score
- Pacific NW
- Political Leaning
Far from the U.S.-Mexico border, Ohio’s Senate primary shows how the Republican obsession with the fiction of a stolen election has spawned a new cause for fear of illegal immigration.
...the resurgence of the issue on the right has come with a new twist: Republican leaders and candidates are increasingly claiming without basis that unauthorized immigrants are gaining access to the ballot box.
Leaders of the right have found that simply repeating lies over and over make them true in the minds of their followers. So this new ploy will certainly work just as well as the repeated evidence-free lies about a "stolen election" has worked.
Voter fraud is exceptionally rare, and allegations that widespread numbers of undocumented immigrants are voting have been repeatedly discredited. Yet that fabricated message — capitalizing on a concocted threat to advance Mr. Trump’s broader lie of stolen elections — is now finding receptive audiences in more than a dozen states across the country, including several far from the U.S.-Mexico border.
This is why talking to many Republicans is so frustrating. Facts mean nothing. Evidence means nothing. There is no, "wait. Does that make sense? What evidence is there to back up this claim?" If it's being "reported" on Fox and parroted by GOP politicians, then it must be true!