Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton came to President Donald Trump’s defense on Friday, arguing that Twitter is wrong when it comes to the reality of mail-in ballots and the fraud they invite.
In an op-ed for Fox News, Paxton took exception to Twitter’s decision to “fact check” the president’s tweet, which warned that a massive increase in mail-in voting would leave our election open to forgeries, theft, and all manner of fraud. Twitter, for the first time in history, affixed a “get the facts” label to the president’s tweet, telling users that “there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.”
This, Paxton wrote, is not true.
From the op-ed:
In 2007, during a spirited debate over photo ID legislation while I was in the Texas Legislature, a Democratic lawmaker from Dallas objected to the bill on the grounds that it allowed voting by mail to proceed without photo identification.
The legislator said: “Vote by mail, that we know, is the greatest source of voter fraud in this state. In fact, all of the prosecutions by the attorney general – I shouldn’t say all, but a great majority of the prosecutions by the attorney general occur with respect to vote by mail.”
As the official now charged with prosecuting election fraud in Texas, I can say unequivocally that the legislator was right: going back more than a decade and continuing through the present day, around two-thirds of election fraud offenses prosecuted by my office have involved some form of mail-ballot fraud.
Paxton went on to give several examples of egregious voter fraud in his state over the last five years, all of which centered around mail-in ballots and the decrease in security protections that this form of voting invariably entails.
“Whether or not Twitter ultimately decides to acknowledge the real facts about mail-in voting, I will continue investigating and prosecuting all forms of election fraud, including fraud by mail-in ballot,” wrote Paxton. “Moreover, I strongly urge that Twitter reconsider its selective – and apparently ideologically driven – ‘fact check’ of President Trump’s statements about mail balloting in favor of a more objective, fair, accurate and evidence-based approach.”
That’s all well and good, but of course Twitter doesn’t give a single tinker’s damn about the facts surrounding mail-in voting, voter fraud, or anything else. What they care about is pushing back on President Trump, strengthening the #Resistance, and doing whatever is in their power to facilitate Joe Biden’s victory in November. The game is up, the bias is obvious.
And if Jack Dorsey isn’t careful, his site may soon find itself relegated to the dust-bin of internet history.