Thursday, November 17, 2016

Did Vote Rigging Let Trump Win the White House?

Veteran American investigative reporter, Greg Palast, says the vote was rigged and it handed Trump the presidency. He writes that the polls that all favoured Hillary weren't wrong - not on voter intention. They didn't predict the outcome, however, because they couldn't predict the votes deliberately disqualified from the count.

Exit polls are the standard by which the US State Department measures the honesty of foreign elections. Exit polling is, historically, deadly accurate. The bane of pre-election polling is that pollsters must adjust for the likelihood of a person voting. Exit polls solve the problem.

But three times in US history, pollsters have had to publicly flagellate themselves for their “errors.” In 2000, exit polls gave Al Gore the win in Florida; in 2004, exit polls gave Kerry the win in Ohio, and now, in swing states, exit polls gave the presidency to Hillary Clinton.

So how could these multi-million-dollar Ph.d-directed statisticians with decades of experience get exit polls so wrong?

Answer: they didn’t. The polls in Florida in 2000 were accurate. That’s because exit pollsters can only ask, “How did you vote?” What they don’t ask, and can’t, is, “Was your vote counted.”

...And here we go again. 2016: Hillary wins among those queried as they exit the polling station—yet Trump is declared winner in GOP-controlled swings states. And, once again, the expert pollsters are forced to apologize—when they should be screaming, “Fraud! Here’s the evidence the vote was fixed!”

Now there’s a new trope to explain away the exit polls that gave Clinton the win. Supposedly, Trump voters were ashamed to say they voted for Trump. Really? ON WHAT PLANET? For Democracy Now! and Rolling Stone I was out in several swing states. In Ohio, yes, a Black voter may have been reluctant to state support for Trump. But a white voter in the exurbs of Dayton, where the Trump signs grew on lawns like weeds, and the pews of the evangelical mega churches were slathered with Trump and GOP brochures, risked getting spat on if they even whispered, “Hillary.”

This country is violently divided, but in the end, there simply aren’t enough white guys to elect Trump nor a Republican Senate. The only way they could win was to eliminate the votes of non-white guys—and they did so by tossing Black provisional ballots into the dumpster, ID laws that turn away students—the list goes on. It’s a web of complex obstacles to voting by citizens of color topped by that lying spider, Crosscheck.


Anonymous said...

A conspiracy theory finally getting the green light on this blog?
In any case, the proof is in the pudding.
If Trump turns out to be a more enthusiastic supporter of military-industrial-financial complex than Hillary, then yes.
My friendly bet is on "no."

The Mound of Sound said...

A..non. When it's Palast and Robert F. Kennedy and it's been published in Rolling Stone last August, I'm willing to cut them some slack. They're not the chem-trail crowd.

Anonymous said...

Settle down Mound; you have support!!


crf said...

Yes RFK is not in the chem-trail crowd, he's in the vaccines-cause-autism crowd.

Anonymous said...

Oh! I am so shocked! Imagine? A rigged win in that house called the United States of America. It is nothing short of shocking. Smile!