With his most reliable enabler these days, Attorney General Bill Barr

Are Americans Inherently Dishonest?

The President seems to think so…

Eric J Scholl
6 min readSep 18, 2020

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Including some of his own hand-picked appointees…

Back when the President started talking about the “evils” of mail-in ballots, his story was mostly that “millions of mail-in ballots will be printed by foreign countries”, and then sold on street corners by young toughs presumably to anyone who might like to vote a couple of times. So the accusations the President made were primarily against “foreign” actors, with Americans just abetting them.

Over time, that’s escalated. To a new level of paranoia. To the point at which Attorney General Bill Barr suggested this week that mail-in ballot fraud might be accomplished as simply as “paying off a postman, here’s a few hundred dollars, give me some of your ballots”.

Really? Do we, as Americans, really believe our fellow Americans: postal workers, are bought off that easily on that huge a scale? (Also, if that’s so very possible, why wouldn’t poll workers also have a price? So wouldn’t in person voting be easy to corrupt too?)

Part of the confusion comes from the conflation by Trump and his compadre of cheating vs. trying to win an election. As if they’re one and the same, if you oppose Trump.

Cheating is criminal. Democrats trying to win an election is not. That’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

Yet Trump’s begun amplifying a message that verges on saying trying to win an election against him must and will be criminal.

Meaning he’s ramping up accusations against his fellow Americans of being deeply corrupt. (Could it be because he lies and cheats so much he assumes everyone else does too?) And since he’s America’s president, that means he’s assaulting the integrity of his fellow countrymen and his own constituents. As well as asking his supporters to “hate thy neighbors”.

Which is actually one of the big reasons his accusations are so ridiculous. Not only because mail-in ballots go through many verification checks; many more than in-person ballots, but also to believe that for voter fraud to occur on the scale he and his attorney general are asserting, many, many Americans would have to be very, very corrupt. We just don’t see that. We know a lot of people who…

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Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report" www.thechaosreport.com