Trump Foot Soldiers Get Marching Orders: Counting Ballots Is Now ‘Stealing’ The Election!

WASHINGTON, USA - DECEMBER 13: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks on "The Principles of Trumpism" at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, USA on December 13, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agenc... WASHINGTON, USA - DECEMBER 13: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks on "The Principles of Trumpism" at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, USA on December 13, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 4, 2020 12:02 p.m.

The President hardly needed to tell his foot soldiers in conservative media and on the right what the plan was: He’s been saying it for months.

But, for good measure, he kept shouting it from the rooftops early Wednesday morning as soon as it was clear that Joe Biden still had a decent shot at winning the presidency: Counting all the ballots , he intoned in several different ways, is actually election theft!

In a speech from the White House early Wednesday, Trump lied that the election — or something, he wasn’t really clear — “was just called off.” He separately lied that he had in fact already won the contest. Then, a few hours later, he sent out the same message in tweet form: 

So Trump’s proxies have their marching orders: Muddy the waters, and baselessly claim that counting votes is election theft — even as several key states continue to tally a tsunami of mail-in votes, which may end up helping Biden. 

“ALL THEIR BALLOTS SHOULD BE IMPOUNDED AND COUNTED BY INDEPENDENT MONITOR  NOT BY CROOKED HACK POLITICIANS,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted, referring to the still-counting state of Pennsylvania. 

“You cannot as a conservative look at this and not feel that the Democrats have done all they could to steal the presidency, and that the legal fight that the President’s going to wage is exactly right,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Fox News.

“Now does it make sense why Democrats have ceaselessly pushed mail-in ballots since the beginning of this election?” tweeted Charlie Kirk, founder of the right-ring group Turning Point USA. “Just look at what happened in Michigan and Wisconsin overnight.” 

Kirk’s implication was that counting mail-in votes is fraudulent and that those ballots should be tossed. Separately, he ominously wondered why counting mail-in ballots in massive cities — in states where pre-processing mail-in ballots is prohibited! — was taking so darn long. 

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and husband to Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, tweeted a photo of the so-called “Brooks Brothers Riot” of 2000, where conservative activists bullied and intimidated ballot-counters during the Florida recount. 

“The Democrats don’t want Americans to know that they were planning on STEALING this election from the beginning,” wrote Marjorie Taylor Greene, a newly elected future member of Congress who in the past has voiced support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory that asserts a cabal of child molesters — Democrats and Hollywood elite — is secretly running the world. 

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