Trump Uses Indoor Rally Controversy To Baselessly Claim NV Guv Will ‘Cheat’ With Ballots

President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a press conference in the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House on August 31, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning turned the controversy over his indoor rally in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday into an opportunity to baselessly accuse Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) of fixing the state’s ballots to rig the election against him.

As he was attempting to blame Sisolak for the Trump campaign’s decision to hold the rally indoors, the President falsely claimed during a “Fox and Friends” interview that the governor “is the same guy that’s going to be in charge of the ballots” (in reality, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who is a Republican, oversees and certifies the election results).

“Now [Sisolak] will cheat on the ballots, I have no doubt about it,” Trump said without providing evidence. He similarly made the baseless claim that “you’re going to see corruption like you’ve never seen” and a “rigged election” come November 3.

Trump had tweeted the same accusation late Monday night claiming that Sisolak “will use every trick in the book to cheat with Ballots.”

Again, it’s the Nevada secretary of state, not the governor, who supervises election ballot process while local elections officials handle the ballots themselves. Sisolak signed a bill allowing county officials to automatically send mail-in ballots to registered voters, which prompted the Trump campaign to sue the state last month in the President’s war against voting by mail.

Trump’s tirade on Tuesday is part of the President’s efforts to delegitimize the election and claim it’s being “rigged” against him as he trails his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in the polls.

The President’s comments also come after facing backlash over holding a campaign rally indoors despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a move which Sisolak slammed as “shameful, dangerous and irresponsible” on Sunday night.

Trump defended the rally the next day, saying “I’m on a stage, and it’s very far away.”

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  1. Avatar for nycabj nycabj says:

    Sometimes I think it would be far better for the press to just stop reporting on Trump’s throwaway insanity lines. I know my blood pressure would appreciate it.

  2. I go between numb and shocked, it’s become a way of life to fly between those poles, and this morning it’s numb, as it happens. So I can calmly observe, like Mr. Spock can regard some entity that’s about to destroy the Enterprise, that for a while now his campaign has been entirely fact-free and composed of lies. Not one true thing in all his verbiage. Really quite remarkable.

  3. But of course, he does. ‘Baselessly’ is the operative word. He ‘spins’. He ‘lies’. The real danger is the media being complacent. Or laughing. What thing I’ve been noticing is Trump ‘baselessly’ lobbing yet another accusation and the media breathlessly asking the target ‘Is is TRUE???’ There is no credence to the smears but yet…??? And the lie becomes a ‘maybe?’.

  4. Avatar for xcopy xcopy says:

    deflect, project, watch media lapp up the outrage and controversy while providing no context to the irony unfolding.
    and repeat.

    risk their base’s lives, sure. kill a few (hundred thousand) with negligent malice, absolutely.
    call their fallen brothers, sisters mothers and fathers “losers and fools”, of course. I mean they served their country… some of them even died… who does THAT?

    But her emails. And she once called them “deplorable” … oh the horror.

  5. Which makes you a singularly talented human being, and a hero in my eyes, matt! :star_struck:

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