Kentucky senator Rand Paul was mocked on social media after he accused Democrats of “stealing elections” legally by convincing potential voters to support them.
Sharing an article from The American Conservative on how “Mark Zuckerberg’s millions and the Centre for Technology and Civic Life turned Wisconsin blue in 2020,” Paul wrote: “How to steal an election.”
He then cited a paragraph from the report that suggested that Democrats planned to seed “an area heavy with potential Democratic votes with as many absentee ballots as possible, targeting and convincing potential voters to complete them in a legally valid way, and then harvesting and counting the results”.
The senator’s comment was quickly ridiculed by Twitter users, who pointed out that he had, in essence, explained the process of voting.
Jason Johnson, an American political scientist, asked if campaigning became “stealing” when a Republican loses the election.
“This is literally how elections have been legally conducted in America for half a century,” he added.
“This is what we call— wait for it— voting,” responded Georgia State Law professor Anthony Michael Kreis.
“You are really bad at democracy, Rand,” wrote Tiffany Bond, adding: “Every eligible voter should vote – vote on each issue and candidate on their merit. Have a fair fight, may the best for us all win.”
In a significant blow to Donald Trump, Wisconsin turned blue during the 2020 presidential elections. A year after Joe Biden won the state by a narrow margin, Wisconsin Republicans are still pushing the false claim that Democrats stole a second term from the former president.
The Republicans have been trying to discredit the bipartisan system, which comprises an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, that oversees the elections.