But Seriously, What’s Wrong With People?

If there’s no such thing as widespread voter fraud and “illegal voting,” what’s wrong with people in this moment? Seriously, though.

Agnes Groonwald
4 min readNov 12, 2020

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Photo by Juan Rumimpunu on Unsplash

Yesterday morning, I watched with some amusement as Ivanka Trump proclaimed to her 10 million Twitter followers that her father, President-lame duck Donald Trump, had been called victorious in Alaska by the Associated Press:

She did so seemingly in earnest, and the backlash from liberal Twitter and those with a brain followed, pointing out the hypocrisy of calling states who vote for Trump legitimate, while proclaiming the opposite as fraudulent.

Supporters also responded in earnest, gleeful that Trump was adding another state and its three electoral votes in his column. Meanwhile, world leaders have been on the phone with President-elect Joe Biden expressing congratulations and a willingness to work together on global issues that had been put on pause the last four years.

People are dancing in the streets.

Sometimes I take a peek at Fox News and the like — I stay away from Breitbart because I have to draw the line somewhere — to see what the talking points are. It’s not even as crazy as I thought it might be. Fox News, after all, called the election for Biden alongside all of the other reputable networks on Saturday, during that delicious “news conference” with Rudy Giuliani, no less.

The whole debacle involving Four Seasons Total Landscaping still has me in stitches, by the way, a level of funny that rivals those Liberty Biberty commercials.

So if Fox News has come to the dark side and declared victory for Biden, what’s the deal? What the heck is up with folks demanding both counts and recounts, depending on the state’s favorability to Donald Trump, of course, despite the foregone conclusion that we should be working toward transition now?

I’m asking seriously.

There are folks out there saying that Hillary Clinton never conceded, and my question is, why?

It’s not true.

I remember her speech vividly, tears flowing freely as I’m a proud snowflake when it comes to women doing great things. Particularly memorable were the bits where she spoke about the glass ceiling and all that:

“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

You can Google it, too, if you’re like, “No way.”

What I’m saying is, it happened.

You know what didn’t happen this time around? Election fraud.

The claims that have gotten some traction have been walked back since, one Pennsylvania postal worker actually recanting claims of backdated votes mailed after the election.

It wasn’t true.

Trump’s own lawyers have admitted their claims are bogus, embarrassing themselves in the process.

There have been no substantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

I’ll say it one more time for the Facebook acquaintances still holding out hope that they won’t be answering to President Biden on Jan. 20.

There have been no substantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

I’ve also seen folks talking about the 2000 election as some blueprint for turning results the other way. I won’t go into how sketchy that decision was, since you can just watch Recount for all of that while pondering how far Kevin Spacey has fallen.

This election is still not that.

Biden is up by thousands of votes in the states Trump is contesting. The margins are much wider than those in 2016, across more states.

The fact that GOP leaders are only perpetuating this nonsense certainly doesn’t help matters. There have been rumors that they’re just doing so in public with secret wishes for Trump to just concede already, but all that proves is that they’re not to be trusted.

If you’re worried about corruption, take a close look at Republicans telling American citizens who waited for hours in line to vote that those votes are “illegal,” then tell me they’re not enemies of democracy. Then take a look at the demographic makeup of those citizens and tell me they’re not something else on top of corrupt.

So let’s review.

There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and no such thing as a conspiracy of “illegal votes.” There’s no relevant comeback here, because it’s just not true.

Voters chose Biden in record numbers, despite attempts by Republicans to suppress the vote in Democrat-leaning districts across the country.

And yet, here we are.

I don’t think the answer is as simple as people love Trump so much that they’re willing to support a coup to see him maintain power. I also don’t want to say that 72+ million people are just not smart enough to recognize a grift when it’s happening to them. All of those people can’t possibly be in an echo chamber of disinformation perpetuated by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Is it that they’ll vote Republican no matter what, and do whatever it takes to keep power in their hands when the results just doesn’t work out in their favor?

Do they feel so emboldened by their leader that they’d rather be in his favor than traitors to our democratic process?

Have they devalued American freedoms so much that voting, and the people’s choice, no longer matters?

Again, I’m asking seriously, and looking for honest answers. It isn’t enough to say that we need to count all of the “legal” votes.

That’s not real.

That line has already been disproven, by not only the will of the people, but the judicial system.

So what’s wrong with you guys?

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Agnes Groonwald

travel/humor blogger | content creator | survivor of Polish upbringing | teller of tales | travelonthereg.com