A federal judge in the state of Pennsylvania is ordering the Trump administration to provide evidence that voter fraud has taken place in the Keystone State by residents who voted by mail, CNN reports:
“The judge’s order, in a high-profile case about vote-by-mail in the battleground state, essentially forces the Trump campaign to try to back up President Donald Trump’s false claims about massive voter fraud in postal voting.
“‘The Court finds that instances of voter fraud are relevant to the claims and defenses in this case,’ District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan wrote on Thursday, telling Republicans that they need to provide evidence of fraud to the Democratic Party and the Sierra Club, which are part of the lawsuit.”
Ironically, Judge Ranjan was appointed by President Donald Trump.
Additionally, the judge has demanded that any proof of voter fraud by those who cast a ballot by mail be presented to him by no later than the end of business on Friday, August 14:
“With Thursday’s court order, (Republicans) must answer questions from the Democratic groups and turn over records of communications — or say they have none. The Trump campaign has until Friday to respond, the judge said.”
Democrats have called the lawsuit filed by the administration and Republican Party a blatant attempt to “stoke fears” about mail voting so that voter participation can be kept to a minimum, which would benefit the GOP. High voter participation historically favors Democrats.
Court records also show just how aggressively Trump is to label voting by mail as an illegitimate form of casting a ballot:
“The Trump campaign had claimed mail-in voting could prompt questions about the accuracy of election results ‘and ultimately chaos.'”
Make mistake about what is taking place here: This is a direct assault on voting rights at a time when the public is threatened by a deadly disease that Trump has failed to properly address and control. Donald Trump will do anything to rig the upcoming election to his advantage so he can avoid prison. He must not be allowed to succeed.