As Donald Trump continues to drop any pretense about the fact that he’s trying to cheat in the election, some observers have taken that as a sign that he’s simply going to magically win no matter what. But in reality, cheating in an election isn’t done by magic wand – it’s a grinding process that can only make a difference in an election that’s already very close to begin with.
In reality, if the polls remain anywhere close to where they currently are, then Trump should have no expectation of being able to cheat his way to victory, or even a disputed victory. It turns out Trump understands this quite well. This morning he tweeted that we “will maybe never know who won” the 2020 election.
Let’s be clear here. If Donald Trump had the expectation of being able to cheat his way to a close result, and then just declaring himself the winner and hoping the media goes along with it, this is precisely the opposite of what he’d be saying. By saying that we’ll “maybe never know who won,” Trump is clearly setting the stage claiming it was rigged and then storming off in a huff after he loses badly.
Donald Trump keeps giving away his election gameplan, and it couldn’t be more clear that his gameplan doesn’t involve winning. He even flat out admitted during his press conference yesterday that he’s willing to trade the Post Office back to Congress in exchange for other concessions in the stimulus negotiations. Trump knows he can’t just magically leave the Post Office broken through election day. He’s giving away that taking the Post Office hostage is merely a short term play for him.
With Trump already starting to cave on the Post Office, and his announcement yesterday that he intends to waste time and resources campaigning in New York (where he can’t win) just to stick it to the state, and now his insistence that we may never know the true winner of the 2020 election, it couldn’t be more clear that he’s expecting to lose. It’s time for us to prove Trump right, by working harder than ever on things like voter registration, turnout, phone banking, and volunteering.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report