It seems like every election cycle brings fresh hysteria from Democrats about voter suppression, but what’s happening in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election makes it clear where it is really may be coming from: The left.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon said Monday, “We want to be fundamentally clear, what we believe to be true, under no scenario will [President] Donald Trump be declared a victor on election night,” she said during a virtual election protection briefing Monday, Breitbart reported.
O’Malley Dillon made the argument ostensibly in light of COVID-19 and the changes the pandemic brought to the voting process. Many states are already experiencing unprecedented turnout for early voting and mail-in balloting that could delay states in determining the winners.
“We want to be clear with you that if he tries to do that, that will not be true,” O’Malley Dillon reportedly said about Trump. “Just declaring victory without actually having won … is really basically trying to say that COVID is over even though we know it’s not and all the evidence is saying that COVID in this country continues.”
This sentiment was echoed in the swing state of Pennsylvania, where the state’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro also insinuated that a Trump victory would not be accepted. “If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose,” Shapiro tweeted Friday, days before in-person voting even began. “That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.”
If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process.
For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise—vote!https://t.co/mN8t6TDud7
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) October 31, 2020
Both the former vice president and the Republican incumbent are rightly worried about delays in counting the ballots, as well as the increased opportunity for voter fraud. Wisconsin’s presidential primary may be a preview of what the delays could look like; it took over a month to count the 30,000 mail-in votes.
As for the problems with potential voter fraud, results from an August election in Paterson, NJ were overturned after it was discovered that there was widespread vote-by-mail fraud. A judge ruled in favor of a new election for City Council as the only remedy to ensure a fair election.
Despite these potential pitfalls, there is a chance that Trump wins handily in a landslide victory with a margin so great, it would negate the need to wait for all of the mail-in ballots to also be counted. It’s not a likely scenario, but for the left to simply call it “impossible” to declare Trump the victor could dissuade voters to turn out for the president — in other words, it could suppress the Republican vote.