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Alternative facts in the making

You have to hand it to them. When it comes to manufacturing facts, the Republicans have no peers in the real world, and they’re rapidly catching up to the fictional Big Brother. Latest case in point:

Vice President Mike Pence will lead a commission to investigate voter registration issues, President Trump said Sunday.

In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly before Super Bowl LI, Trump – who shortly after taking office told congressional lawmakers that 3 to 5 million illegal votes had cost him the popular vote against Hillary Clinton – reiterated his concerns about voter irregularities, saying he planned to task his vice president with looking into concerns over voter registration.

“I’m going to set up a commission … headed by Vice President Mike Pence, and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully,” Trump said.

Despite no credible evidence that any massive voter fraud occurred, especially on the scale Trump suggested, during the 2016 presidential race, the president has continued to push the theory, much to the chagrin of some of his aides and many congressional leaders.

via the New London Day

Now, this will end in one of two ways, both of which will involve creation of alternative facts.

Option 1 is that they will go full crazy and find that there were in fact 3 million or more fraudulent votes and that to remedy the problem it is necessary to engage in even greater voter suppression.

Option 2 is that they will go a limited crazy, and announce that while there is insufficient evidence to prove there were three million or more fraudulent voters, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that there are serious problems with the voter registration process and that to remedy the problem it is necessary to engage in even greater voter suppression.

Inasmuch as these findings will be the result of a “commission” they will have sufficient legitimacy to withstand the debunkers who will immediately prove that they are baseless. Whatever the commission finds will become a fact, both to Trump and to his brain dead adherents. Either way, millions of people will be disenfranchised based on a lie.

One of my biggest fears about Trump’s electoral college victory was the prospect of a Supreme Court that would legalize voter suppression. He is either one or two votes away from having that court, and he’ll be one vote closer no matter who he ultimately gets to replace Scalia. That court will be happy to accept whatever alternative facts are “found” by Pence’s commission.

And don’t look for Pence to bring any integrity to the process. The result is preordained. Let’s leave 1984 and go through the Looking Glass for what we can expect, for as the Red Queen said: “Sentence first-verdict afterward”.

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