A Grain Of Saul

A Grain Of Saul: If Trump Truly Believes Large-Scale Voter Fraud Occurred, He Should Endorse A National Recount

If the president-elect believes the election has been compromised, do something about it.

A Grain of Saul is a weekly column that digs into some of the biggest issues we face as a nation and as an international community in search of reliable data, realistic solutions, and — most importantly — hope.  

For the last week, much like he did before the election, president-elect Donald Trump has claimed there is rampant voter fraud.

During these last few weeks, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein worked to file claims to recount or audit the vote of states across the country. Bizarrely, president-elect Trump has repeatedly slammed her for advocating for the one process that could actually prove his claims to be true: an election audit.

This struck me as quite odd.

If president-elect Trump is so certain that "millions" of people have voted illegally, why wouldn't he be championing Stein? Why wouldn't he encourage the recount to prove to everyone that he did in fact win the electoral college and the popular vote, like he says. That would give him a real, true, coveted mandate.

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Mr. Trump: I think you should advocate, endorse, and perhaps even self-fund a full national audit. It's a win-win: If fraud is actually out there, which most experts say it isn't, what better way could there be for you to prove your voter fraud claims true? If an audit finds no fraud, what better way to prove your victory was legitimate and prove that American democracy is in a pristine state?

If Mr. Trump refuses to take the necessary measures to prove rampant voter fraud, then the American people can only be left to believe one of two things: either he is not worried about the legitimacy of American democracy or he legitimately fears his election might not survive an audit, a fear that would surely be present if he knows rampant election fraud is possible.

The truth is, the election wasn't "rigged" and Dr. Jill Stein is — to me — looking a lot more like an opportunistic pundit than a legitimate candidate for president. I believe president-elect Trump won because he got the most votes. I've even written about the absurdity of election fraud accusations, and how hard it'd be to pull off.

While talk from her and Trump about fraud or compromised elections distracts from far bigger issues like voter suppression and gerrymandering, two things we actually have evidence to prove they altered the election, we shouldn't accept that both would make such significant claims without digging up the truth.

If two people from opposite sides of the spectrum seem to believe that something is true, shouldn't they come together and prove it? After such a contentious election, who would think that a Green Party candidate and Donald Trump would both be claiming that America's democracy may be in danger?

A national audit wouldn't just put to rest such claims, or unearth one of the biggest scandals in American history, it would be a valuable way to restore faith in how we elect our government officials. Before this election, thousands of Trump supporters were claiming that voter fraud existed inside the Democratic party. Everything from dead people voting to illegal immigrants casting ballots was alleged from all corners of the country. 

For years, Democrats have insisted that gerrymandering and voter suppression have given Republicans unfair advantages. Now, for the first time, some are insisting that hackers and Russian forces have weaseled their way into our election. An audit may not give us any new information on the former, but it could finally get to the bottom of the latter.

Plus, while Trump and Stein figure out whether the election was actually compromised, the American people can go back to worrying about some more important things

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