Why Trump Simply Can’t Just Walk Away [OPINION]
Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal has done the math, and things are just not adding up. Take the Wisconsin vote as an example. Breitbart reported that there are 3.7 million registered voters in Wisconsin. So far, roughly 3.3 million votes have been counted. That is true, I double-checked. That would be, according to Strassel, an 89 percent voter turnout. On election night, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported a 71 percent turnout statewide.
In a series of tweets, Strassel says if the numbers are to be believed, 900,000 people would have had to have taken advantage of same-day voter registration and voted.
Allegations of voter irregularities are rampant in places such as Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania where protests are expected today by people who are demanding a fair vote count.
Breitbart reports some 200 residents of Maricopa County, Arizona turned out last night for a protest outside the elections office, demanding to know why an estimated 600,000 votes remained uncounted. The protesters were upset that news organizations such as Fox News and others declared the race in Arizona for Joe Biden with so many votes still to be counted. There are also concerns by some that their votes may have been discarded because they were given Sharpies with which to fill out their ballots.
Local CBS affiliate reporter Briana Whitney took to Twitter to call these people "extremists":
Welcome to 2020, when demanding that your vote get counted is considered extreme behavior.
The Trump campaign has argued for months that mail-in voting would taint the integrity of the election. It has. The campaign has also warned that the Democrats would be up to their usual dirty campaign tricks and might try to steal the election. In Pennsylvania, there are allegations that poll watchers have been locked out of the process, and in Michigan reports of bundles of ballots appearing seemingly out of nowhere (Editor's note: The Michigan claim has been attributed to a typo in election count reporting).
One can only look back at the efforts to undermine the Trump presidency from day one through fake investigations, a questionable impeachment trial, and a refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election to see why there might be concerns about the legitimacy of this election.
Trump cannot simply walk away because a corrupt Democratic Party and an equally corrupt news media say it's all over. It's not over until every legally cast ballot is counted in every state.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.