It’s a recurring pattern, and it always happens in three steps:
1. Donald Trump says something indefensible
2. Donald Trump’s flacks say he didn’t mean the bad thing, he meant something else
3. Donald Trump reaffirms that no, he really meant the bad thing
Two nights ago I wrote about Step 1 in Trump’s bid to have his followers vote twice:
“So let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote,” Trump said when asked whether he has confidence in the mail-in system in North Carolina, a battleground state.
“If it’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. So that’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do,” he said.
Then came Step 2: people pointed to his flack’s explanation that he is really just saying you go to the voting place and make sure they have counted your mail-in vote by election day. Which is a stupid explanation, because states are not going to require that mail-in votes be counted by election day, so the implication that there’s something wrong if they haven’t is totally false. But hey, lying flacks gotta work with the material they have, and they know chump suckers will lap it up no matter how illogical it is.
Welcome to Step 3:
This is not how it works — and (as usual) it directly contradicts the spinning by his flacks over the past 24 hours claiming he didn't say what everybody knows he said. https://t.co/OHZnXG1NEi
— Patterico (@Patterico) September 4, 2020
Sign your mail-in ballot. OK? You sign it and send it in and then you have to follow it. And if on Election Day or early voting, that is not tabulated and counted, you go vote. And then if for some reason after that, it shouldn’t take that long, it comes in, they’re not going to be able to tabulate it because you will have voted. But you have to make sure your vote counts. Because the only way they’re gonna beat us is by doing that kind of stuff. I’m trying to be nice.
He’s telling people to vote by mail and then to vote again in person, which is cheating. Yes, hopefully the state catches it, but because Trump is telling his people to do this, it will happen on a massive scale, which of course will complicate the counting.
He is advocating that people commit felony voter fraud, and a bunch of people who have spent years wailing about voter fraud will defend him. Which makes those people frauds too.