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Dems Blast Foreign Election Influence — Except Theirs

Dems Blast Foreign Election Influence — Except Theirs

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 12:01 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats have been screeching foreign interference with our elections from the moment Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump became the president-elect.

But if it’s foreign influence they seek, they should look closer to home — within the ranks of their own party.

Then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee that although Russian hackers attempted to interfere with the 2016 election, there was no evidence suggesting that it had changed a single vote.

That failed to stop 18 months of Congressional stonewalling, cries to "Impeach 45," and general caterwauling among the masses.

But they ignore what’s going on within our own borders and their own party.

No Papers? No Problem!

Last week San Francisco began registering non-citizens to vote in local elections. Even those who arrived here illegally can vote for their local school board, The Sacramento Bee reported.

"This is no-brainer legislation," said San Francisco supervisor Hillary Ronen. "Why would we not want our parents invested in the education of their children?"

Some supervisors had concerns, however — but not because these new voters may try to use their voter ID cards to vote in state or federal elections. They were worried that the registration rolls might be used by federal authorities to target illegal immigrants.

"Our immigrants, are they vulnerable? Absolutely," Elections Supervisor (for San Francisco District 1) Sandra Lee Fewer said. "But in San Francisco we stand strong together."

They’ve got a ticket to ride

Moving over to Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in February that the city would be handing out municipal identification cards. Those cards would be the only identification Chicagoans would need to register to vote and to actually cast their ballot. "The Illinois Election Code requires the Board of Elections to accept current, valid photo identification cards and other local governmental documentation that includes an individual’s name and address, as proof of identity and residency," Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, who’s heading up the CityKey program, told the Chicago Tribune. "The CityKey fits both of these requirements."

The card was seen "as a way for Emanuel to boost his standing with Hispanic voters and as he preps a 2019 re-election bid," the Tribune’s John Byrne wrote.

The reason the card is seen as a way for the mayor to boost his standing among immigrant rights supporters is pretty clear: it’ll be available to non-citizens — including undocumented, illegal immigrants.

"I’m not sure of the validity of this," Alderman Nick Sposato told the Tribune. "They may not have citizenship. Voter fraud would be my biggest concern."

That should be everyone’s biggest concern — but it’s not.

Windy City Vote Buying? 

Anyone believing state election officials will step in to put an end to this CityKey silliness should think again.

On Monday, Chicago's WGN News reported that millionaire businessman and Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson was caught on tape handing out close to $200,000 in cash to churchgoers.

He didn’t consider it vote-buying, calling it instead, "one of the biggest property tax relief assistance" events of the year. And he said that with a straight face.

He could call it manna from Heaven if he’d like, but the point is voters are going to remember the generosity of Wilson to the exclusion of all others when it comes time to head to the polls.

The Illinois State Board of Elections, however, saw nothing wrong. Technically, there is no mayoral election yet because the time to file candidacy petitions — Aug. 28 — hadn’t even arrived yet.

When WGN’s Meghan Dwyer asked if that opinion would change had the cash been handed out after Aug. 28, they refused to comment.

"We are monitoring the situation but we have not received complaints that concern a violation of the law," she was told.

Just like they’re no doubt "monitoring the situation" with the CityKey giveaway.

More voters than adults

Election fraud and vote-buying isn’t anything new. A few months before the 2016 election, Washington, D.C.-based legal watchdog group Judicial Watch reported that there were 3.5 million more registered voters in the U.S. than there were adults.

Although that was a red flag for election fraud, Democrats seemed uninterested. After all, Hillary Clinton had the election in the bag — it was a done deal.

As far as that goes, the Obama administration was on notice that Russia was probably trying to influence the election long before November, but did nothing about it.

After all, Hillary Clinton had the election in the bag — it was a done deal.

But now they excoriate foreign influence in our elections in the strongest words possible, unless it’s their foreigners influencing the elections — the ones given identification cards, granted voting rights, and protected by their sanctuary cities.

Leave that foreign influence alone, they warn. They’re ours.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Democrats excoriate foreign influence in elections, unless it’s their foreigners influencing the elections — the ones given identification cards, granted voting rights, and protected by their sanctuary cities. Leave that foreign influence alone, they warn. They’re ours.
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