Mike and Karen Pence Join the Long and Illustrious List of Republicans Who Love Committing 'Voter Fraud'

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On Monday, Donald Trump, who has himself voted by mail, wrote in a tweet, “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history - unless this stupidity is ended. We voted during World War One & World War Two with no problem, but now they are using Covid in order to cheat by using Mail-Ins!”

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But unfortunately for him, that theory is, like most statements that escape his tiny butthole-shaped mouth, easily debunked. Another inconvenient truth? Republicans, from Trump himself to his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, sure do love to vote by mail, or in their words, commit voter fraud. And now we can add the Pences to that list.

As Business Insider reports, Mike Pence and Mother Pence voted in the Indiana Republican primary this past April via mail-in ballots, and in an interesting if perfectly legal twist, used a residence they haven’t lived in since 2016 as their official address.

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More, from Business Insider:

The Pences cast their mail-in ballot on April 13 by listing the Indiana governor’s mansion as their residence, according to a copy of the state’s voter files.

The second couple moved out of their taxpayer-funded house in Indianapolis at the end of 2016 as they prepared for their move to Washington but remain registered for voting purposes at their most recent address along with the state’s current Republican governor, Eric Holcomb.


Speaking of Kayleigh McEnany, on Monday, she certainly did her very best to pretend that Donald Trump is not a racist and did not use the phrase “kung flu” to describe covid-19 during his poorly attended rally on Saturday.

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Just so we’re all operating on the same page, here is Donald Trump calling covid-19 the “kung flu”:

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During Monday’s White House press briefing, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked McEnany, “Why does he use racist phrases like the kung flu?”

“The president doesn’t,” McEnany replied. She added, “What the president does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus is China.” Bless your heart, Kayleigh, for trying.

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If you just can’t get enough of McEnany, there’s more:

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  • Walrus Man, aka John Bolton, bravely declares he won’t vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden, which tracks with how absolutely useless he is. [ABC News]
  • Here’s an actual government conspiracy. [New York]
  • Relatedly, Kentucky’s Board of Elections has slashed the number of polling locations for Tuesday’s primary, from almost 4,000 to less than 200. [Mother Jones]
  • Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, still believes that DACA is, as he put it, “unlawful.” [Politico]
  • It’s time once again to respectfully ask Stephen Miller to please eat shit forever. [Washington Post]
  • The White House will no longer be checking the temperatures of all guests, though unfortunately, people who come into close contact with Donald Trump and Mike Pence will continue to be screened for covid-19. [NBC News]
  • Meanwhile:
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  • This story about nursing homes around the country kicking out their residents and sending them to homeless shelters and motels in order to make space for more lucrative covid-19 patients is one of the worst indictments of our for-profit “health care system” that I have ever read in my life. [New York Times]
  • Godspeed to you I guess, Karl!

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In today’s “Only in 2020" news, there is apparently a UK-based Neo-Nazi group that dabbles both in the occult/Satanism and ISIL propaganda. They managed to rope in some idiot private in the Army who conspired with them to orchestrate an attack on his own unit. The whole indictment is completely bonkers and worth reading.