After The 2018 Vote, Trump Said Democrats Wore Disguises To Vote Multiple Times
According to USA TODAY, in 2018 President Trump accused Democrats of trying to “falsify” his 2016 win in Florida and claimed that the state’s voters wore “disguises to cast multiple ballots.”
- Trump’s allegations started on Twitter, where he referenced “massively infected” ballots and suggested there was “rampant voter fraud,” reported USA TODAY.
“When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles," Trump told the Daily Caller in an interview. "Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on.”
- Citing a “lax approach to verifying identification,” Trump said, “If you buy a box of cereal – you have a voter ID.”
Trump’s conspiracy theories exacerbate the drama and complexity of political issues, making it “hard for voters to separate fact from fiction,” USA TODAY wrote.
- Joseph Uscinski, a political scientist at the University of Miami, said, “it fits the pattern of everything he’s done so far.” Uscinski, who has studied the use of conspiracy theories in politics, added, “the underlying message of all of Trump’s conspiracy theories is that the ‘elites’ sold out the interests of the American people.”
- Joanne Miller, a political scientist at the University of Delaware, said Florida presented a “perfect situation on which such theories can rest.”
“There's also another aspect of elections that makes them ripe for conspiracy theories: The inherent competition surrounding an election, and therefore the stakes of the outcome, are high,” Miller continued. “It's more self-esteem protective to believe that an election outcome was due to fraud than to believe, for example, that it was due to the fact that the other party had policy positions that resonated better.”
- Trump’s use of conspiracy theories has captured the media’s attention and become a “well-known element of his communications strategy,” continued USA TODAY.
- In the past, he questioned former President Barack Obama’s citizenship, and accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R) father of associating with President John F. Kennedy’s assassin.
- All of Trump’s claims have been baseless, and he failed to provide any type of evidence.
Experts said that both the “frequency and the extent of the claims Trump makes without offering evidence make him unique” in his use and embrace of conspiracy theories. “He’s a salesman,” said Gwenda Blair, a Trump biographer. “The only way it works is if people keep watching.”