Former Arkansas GOP governor Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that he had just voted in person and afterwards returned home and committed voter fraud by filling out the absentee ballots of “my deceased parents and grandparents.”
Stood in rain for hour to early vote today. When I got home I filled in my stack of mail-in ballots and then voted the ballots of my deceased parents and grandparents. They vote just like me! #Trump2020 pic.twitter.com/n1tYx4JRue
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 24, 2020
While it’s likely that Huckabee was merely kidding about having cast ballots for his departed family members, his tweet immediately drew immediate criticism from Ellen L. Weintraub, a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission:
I hope you’ve been hacked, @GovMikeHuckabee. Trying to undermine the faith of the American people in our democracy with this baseless voter-fraud nonsense? Publicly confessing to committing felony violations of AR Code §§7-1-104(a)(11)-(12)?
Not funny. Not cool. Appalling.￼ pic.twitter.com/Gp94BSH4oS
— Ellen L 😷 Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) October 25, 2020
President Donald Trump has repeatedly tried to claim that voting by mail is rife with fraud, but has yet to provide a shred of evidence to support that assertion. Now Huckabee and other Trump supporters are desperately trying to suggest that if Joe Biden wins the election, it will be as a result of cheating via mail-in ballots, even though those ballots are as secure as voting in person and have been used by the U.S. military and elderly and disabled voters for decades.
Others also reminded Huckabee that his “joke” was about as funny as a stepping on a nail:
That’s called “humor” in “Hee Haw” land.
In the rest of the country, it’s called a “felony.”
Or, at the very least, “being a total dick.”
— Steve (Hoo’s daddy) (@shortcomment) October 25, 2020
Hello @FBI Mike Huckabee would like to be arrested.
— It Is What It Is 🤷♀️💛 (@sleep4_aweek) October 24, 2020
Mikey, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. But good news: since the actual amount of voter fraud is statistically insignificant, yours will easily stick out, and you can share your dazzling wit with the FBI.
— The Alex Nevil (@TheAlexNevil) October 25, 2020
I don’t think huckabee was joking. Cheating, scamming and criminal behavior is normal to Republicans.
— Jesus Diaz (@bluej1801) October 25, 2020
Admiting to criminal behavior – pretty much what I expect from the party that ‘claims’ to be for law and order.
— Brandi Morgan (@Brandimorgantg) October 26, 2020
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