Trump vs. Trump

President Trump has said that there was widespread fraud in the election. Recently, three people personally appointed by the President, and with job responsibilities for investigating the claims, have looked into that have commented on their findings.

Attorney General William Barr, who has had no problem going against the tide when he felt he needed to act, announced yesterday that the Justice Dept. had found no evidence of widespread fraud and certainly nothing that would overturn the results of the election.

Christopher Krebs, the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), announced that the Federal government’s cyber security team found that the election and voting systems were secure. Reviewing the election results, Krebs said there was no evidence that the election “….was in any way compromised.”

Trump fired Krebs the next day. And Matthew Travis, the person in line to take over for Krebs who was also appointed by Trump, was also fired.

Stephanos Bibas was appointed by President Trump as judge on the 3rd Circuit, US Court of Appeals. On that appeals court, he serves with two other Republican appointed judges.

The Trump campaign brought a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over allegations that some votes should not have been counted. A court threw out the lawsuit and the campaign appealed. In a unanimous decision by the Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the Court dismissed the appeal. Bibas, the Trump appointee, wrote the opinion

 “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Bibas wrote in his opinion. 

“The campaign’s claims have no merit. The number of ballots it specifically challenges is far smaller than the roughly 81,000-vote margin of victory. And it never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters.” 

Trump has said there is ‘massive fraud’. One would think that if it were ‘massive’ that it would be easy to see, especially by those people who work for him. And he has said that it happened across several states, including states such as Georgia, where all the statewide elected officials are Republicans and where the Secretary of State, in charge of running elections, was personally endorsed by the President. Yet the fraud seems hard to find, even by people he personally hired to look into it.

Since President Trump appointed each of these people to positions of authority, it seems there are only two possible conclusions to draw: either he is terribly incompetent in his selection of his own staff and the selection of judges or he is wrong in his charges of massive election fraud across several states.

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