Quote of the Week, Electoral Fraud Edition

The MyPillow Guy went down to Bama...

“Mike Lindell” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

MyPillow CEO and electoral fraud conspiracy promoter, Mike Lindell, has come back to Alabama. Why, you ask?

“Just because Donald Trump won overwhelmingly, it’s overwhelmingly Republican in Alabama, what if it was over-overwhelmingly? You know what I mean?”

Well, I know that that is a bizarre position to take and that no one should be taking this individual seriously. Setting aside the rather salient fact that Lindell has zero expertise in this arena, his track record on this topic is beyond horendous. As such, no one should take him seriously or feed his nonsense, right?

Well….

Lindell met with Secretary of State John Merrill to address questions he has about the state’s election methods. Lindell said this is part of a nationwide investigation into the 2020 presidential election.

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Merrill confirmed he and Lindell had a follow-up meeting Wednesday. The two previously met last month. Merrill said that earlier meeting was also to answer Lindell’s questions about the state’s election process. The secretary of state said Lindell praised Alabama’s voting process then too.

Merrill has confirmed Lindell purchased state voter rolls after the September meeting. This information is available for public purchase.

“He’s publicly stated before and I know he confirms that Alabama is the number one state in the union for election integrity,” Merrill said.

Merrill said Alabama has been recognized by Lindell and other entities for high election standards in 2020. He said the goal is to make Alabama “recognized around the nation as the most efficient, effective and secure election system in the United States.”

“He has some questions about things related to certain aspects of our voter rolls, he has some questions related to certain aspects of election equipment that’s used in other states and how we use that election equipment in the state of Alabama,” Merrill said. “And so as we continue to respond to his inquiries we want to make sure that his questions are answered to his satisfaction.”

On the one hand, yes, Lindell is popular in certain conservative circles, and so Merrill may get some political points from meeting with him and then trying to pretend he just wants to say nice things about Alabama’s electoral processes (and Merrill needs all the points he can get).

Still, all this does it give Lindell more street cred, and it is overwhelmingly irresponsible of Merrill.

Or, dare I say, over-overwhelmingly.

This is just an GOP official sowing more distrust in democracy to the nation’s detriment.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. CSK says:

    Yes, and Lindell also claims that “everyone in the world” will be watching when he presents his evidence of election fraud to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it’s all anyone will talk about over “the four days of Thanksgiving.”

    Oh, and the nine justices will vote unanimously to reinstate Trump.

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  2. Monala says:

    @CSK: Lindell said that about August, too, that the Supreme Court will hear his case and unanimously reinstate Trump after his “symposium.”

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  3. Kathy says:

    @Monala:

    His best chance of making it inside the Supreme Court is if Tiny Cheeto wins in 2024 and appoints the pillow guy to it.

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  4. CSK says:

    @Monala:
    Oh, I know. This was just yesterday’s reiteration.

  5. I am having a hard time dealing with the simultaneous utter absurdity and deadly seriousness of all of this.

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  6. CSK says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    I think we all are. It’s laughable–and it’s awful.

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  7. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    I am having a hard time dealing with the simultaneous utter absurdity and deadly seriousness of all of this.

    This x 1,000.
    The former guy tried to overthrow the United States Government…to take over the country for fuqs sake…and likely will pay no price for it?
    The former guy killed hundreds of thousands of Americans with his incompetence…only Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee killed more…and yet half the country thinks it’s perfectly ok?
    Absurd and deadly serious, indeed.

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  8. Sleeping Dog says:

    In related news: Texas, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick’s fraud bounty has made it’s first payout. Unfortunately, for Patrick, it is to a liberal Dem who turned in a Trump voter who voted twice.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/10/21/texas-lt-gov-dan-patrick-just-paid-his-first-voter-fraud-bounty-it-went-to-an-unlikely-recipient/

    It would be nice if the recipient donated the money to the PA Dem party.

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  9. Jax says:
  10. Jc says:

    Maybe he is jockeying for a position at my pillow company? Based on his affairs, he could take over quality control or new product testing? Lol. Alabama…. sheesh this “investigation” now scraping the bottom of the barrel for sure.

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  11. Kathy says:

    Pretty soon it will be fraud, fraud must fowl I tells’ ya, if tiny doesn’t get 100% of the vote.

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  12. Scott F. says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    I think it’s the utter absurdity that makes the situation so deadly seriousness. If this were rational actors applying reason, some resolution might be possible. As things are now, it is like trying to find middle ground with a funhouse mirror.

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  13. Gustopher says:

    I don’t know whether Lindell was better off when he was an unknown cocaine addict, but America was.

    I suppose if it wasn’t him, it would be someone else, though. There’s no shortage of performative lunacy (often performed by genuine loons).

    It’s only a matter of time before one of the Q freaks slips up and explains that Trump isn’t secretly fighting a globalist pedophile ring that harvests the adrenal glands of children, he’s fighting for control of the ring because why should Democrats be the only ones with access to those sweet sweet adrenal glands.

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  14. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    PA also found fraud. 5 people who voted illegally for Trump.

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  15. Tony W says:

    The sore loser’s fragile-ego-induced response to badly losing an election (that nearly every incumbent wins) reminds me of a certain “virgin” who caused quite an uproar when she claimed “God” made her pregnant.

    I mean, if we’re going to compare him to Jesus, let’s at least be honest about it.

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  16. Alejandro Chavez says:

    “This is just an GOP official sowing more distrust in democracy to the nation’s detriment.”

    Can’t help but notice a grim contrast between this and your uncritical (Breathless, even) coverage of the Russian collusion allegations. Which seems to have gone silent for a few months after the Mueller Report showed that there was, in fact, no such collusion. But only for a few months.

    If anything sowed distrust in democracy, wouldn’t it be four years of screaming that Trump and the Russians stole the election? We heard it from Hillary Clinton even.

    More recently, Stacey Abrams lost the governorship of Georgia, but that was allegedly because 50,000 of her voters were suppressed. Somehow. Didn’t stop Democrat officials from introducing her as the true governor of Georgia.

    And before that, Democrats cried foul over the 2004 election in Ohio. Some of the congressmen refused to cast a vote to certify the election, which I’m told is an unspeakable assault on our sacred democracy.

    And, of course, before that, we have that wonderful charlie foxtrot that was the Supreme Court of the United States telling Florida election officials that Florida election laws meant what Florida election laws said they meant.

    We’ve got a problem. For twenty years, shrill activists have been convincing the American public that our elections are rigged. It’s never their fault when they lose an election, it’s because the game is rigged, or the voting machines are hacked, or the lies from Fox News. And, by and large, it was all coming from one direction.

    Well. Player two has entered the game.

  17. @Alejandro Chavez: There is a profound and extremely important differentiation here between attempts at campaign interference by outside governments and sowing direct doubt about election outcomes themselves.