Since before November’s election even took place, the Republican party has been rife with baseless claims regarding Democratic voter fraud. After Donald Trump lost the election in a landslide to his opponent Joe Biden, those claims and theories have only grown, becoming more manic and unhinged with each passing moment. But those of us on the other side of the fence have something else on our minds — how in the hell did Mitch McConnell walk away with a win?
I’m sure you’ve seen the memes and posts over the last few weeks, declaring that if Democrats had cheated in the election like the GOP wants to believe, hand to God, Mitch McConnell would’ve been sent packing. And they aren’t wrong.
In the weeks since the election I, and thousands of people like me, have been wracking my brain in an attempt to make sense of McConnell’s win in a state that literally hates him. It was just three or so months ago, back in August, that an entire parade of angry, jaded constituents stormed Mitch’s Louisville house in protest over his refusal to pass critical COVID relief in the Senate. Back in 2017, Mitch only secured a measly 18 percent approval rating among Kentuckians when asked by a Public Policy Polling Survey, “Do you approve or disapprove of Senator Mitch McConnell’s job performance?” Mitch was able to claw his way to a higher approval rating on the eve of the election, but still only managed to scrape by with a pathetic 39 percent.
The love for Mitch in his home state is so low, in fact, that he rarely even held town halls with his voters, after a rather heated exchange with one of his constituents went viral.
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All that being said, it truly does seem as though his win this November was nearly impossible — especially with the 19 point lead he took home over his Democratic opponent Amy McGrath, and 57.8 percent to 38.2 percent.
So, how did it happen?
That’s a question that the non-profit news organization, DCReport, was bound and determined to find an answer to. The organization conducted an investigation into Kentucky’s voting results and to say that it raises a lot of questions about the vote tallies in the Republican Senator’s state would be an understatement.
According to vote tallies in the election, McConnell was somehow able to rack up an insane amount of votes in traditionally Democratic strongholds, including some counties that he had never before carried in an election. Given his dismal approval rating, even towards the end, and the fact that literally 1 in 5 Kentucky voters turned in a ticket with a vote cast for Donald Trump for President and Amy McGrath for Senate, it just doesn’t make sense.
And DCReport may have discovered what the problem is — vote tabulation machines made by Election Systems & Software.
The report from the non-profit organization breaks down, piece by piece, the wide and resounding discrepancies they found in the voting system in McConnell’s state of Kentucky, including discrepancies between the vote counts for presidential candidates and down-ballot candidates and counties carrying more voters on their rolls than they have voting-age citizens in their area. But the short of it all is this; the Trump team had spent the past few weeks railing against the Dominion Voting Systems, claiming that the system was flipping votes for Trump into Biden votes. But as is customary with Donald Trump and his people, if you want to find the true issue, look in the opposite direction of where he’s pointing.
The investigation conducted into McConnell’s election win determined that the counties that saw an alarming leap in votes for Mitch McConnell were not using Dominion voting machines — they were using ES&S. If you were to take this vote flipping theory and swap ES&S for Dominion, you would suddenly have a pretty clear explanation for why Amy McGrath’s votes didn’t line up with Joe Biden’s.
A similar situation involving ES&S vote tabulation machines went down in South Carolina, where Senator Lindsey Graham took home a comfortable 10 point lead win, after infamously begging for money just a few weeks prior.
If there’s anything that Donald Trump and the GOP are good at, it’s projection. I’m not here to spout baseless claims or weak conspiracy theories because I’m a sore loser. I’m just saying, when someone like Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell points a finger in a certain direction, just remember where the other 4 fingers are pointing back to.
You can read the full report with all the juicy details from DCReport right here.
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