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Voter ID advocate fails to name single instance of voter fraud

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Appearing on MSNBC on Monday morning, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brian Darling tried to advocate on behalf of Republicans’ efforts in several to purge allegedly fraudulent voters from the rolls ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

However, under questioning Darling was unable to cite a single verified instance of actual voter fraud, leading host Chuck Todd to declare that he was “actually proving” Democrats’ contention that the Republican Party’s actions are unnecessary.

“Where is this voter fraud?” Todd asked. “I mean, it’s not this giant…”

“We’ve had recent examples,” Darling said. “…We just had a Michigan Congressman resign… not run for reelection, because… his campaign gathered signatures that couldn’t be validated.”

Todd pointed out that petition gathering is much different from actually voting in a public election. “I mean, that’s a different law there,” he said.

“Yeah, but it’s very hard to catch voter fraud,” Darling replied. “Look at what James O’Keefe did. He walked into D.C., he didn’t have any ID…”

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“Did he vote?” Todd asked.

“No, he didn’t vote,” Darling responded. “He didn’t vote, but he asked for a ballot and they were gonna give it to him.”

“Right, but you’re actually proving the point here,” Todd said. “That the fraud didn’t take place because they prevented it.”

O’Keefe, a conservative media prankster whose deceptively edited videos helped convince Congress to pull funding for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), recently released a new series of videos in an attempt to “prove” Republicans’ claims of a massive voter fraud conspiracy.

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The video referenced by Darling shows an unnamed man asking a Washington, D.C. poll worker for Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot. After a poll worker requests his signature — which, if he’d signed, would have constituted a felony — the man claims he’s forgotten his identification and leaves, having not committed a crime.

Even if O’Keefe’s associate had gone ahead and committed felony fraud, Holder would still have been given a provisional ballot, which are carefully scrutinized by attorneys for both political parties.

Another of O’Keefe’s voter fraud videos depicts men purported to be foreigners obtaining ballots and voting in New Hampshire. Both were later revealed to be legally entitled to vote. Yet another video claims to depict an O’Keefe’s associate obtaining the ballot of a dead man in North Carolina. The ballot was later revealed to belong to the man’s son, who’s still very much alive, shares his father’s name and lives at his father’s former address.

The specter of voter fraud is one that Republicans have frequently used to justify voter roll purges and the imposition of voter ID laws. According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, changes to voting laws could suppress up to five million votes during the 2012 elections, particularly among young, minority and low-income voters, as well as those with disabilities — all of whom tend to vote for Democrats.

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The Department of Justice is currently engaged in efforts to stop voter ID laws and an ongoing purge of voters from rolls in several states. Republican officials in Florida, however, said on Monday that their voter purge will continue despite the federal government’s order to cease the operation by Wednesday.

This video is from MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, broadcast Monday, June 4, 2012.

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(H/T: Think Progress)

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President Donald Trump introduced a long-deceased sibling moments after officially announcing his re-election bid during a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida.

"And I am profoundly thankful to my family, I have a great family. Melania, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, baron, Lara, Jared, Robert, Marianne, Elizabeth and my late brother, Fred, Jr." Trump said.

Fred, Jr. was Trump's older brother and died of a heart attack almost four decades ago, passing in 1981.

"In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Trump said he had learned by watching his brother how bad choices could drag down even those who seemed destined to rise," The New York Times reported in 2016. Seeing his brother suffering led him to avoid ever trying alcohol or cigarettes, he said."

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"Many times I said we would drain the swamp and that’s exactly what we are doing right now. We are draining the swamp," Trump claimed, despite having the most scandal-plagued administration in American history.

"And that is why the swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently," Trump argued.

"For the last two and a half years we have been under siege and with the Mueller report we want and now they want a do-over. They want a do-over," he repeated.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied ‘proudly and with impunity’ because she was raised to be ‘impervious to reason’: WH reporter

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"Sarah Sanders is a true believer. Conditioned by an upbringing rooted in Christian rhetoric that's impervious to reason, she views the world through a lens in which everything exists in absolutes," Playboy magazine White House correspondent Brian Karem wrote.

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