SOUTHAVEN, MI – On June 18th, former President Trump delivered an address at the American Freedom Tour, with some of his remarks calling for “critical election integrity reforms,” such as “same-day voting.”
According to the website for the American Freedom Tour, the event aims to promote “the four pillars of conservatism – Faith, Family, Finances and Freedom,” hosting the likes of Trump as well as other notable figures in the conservative movement like Dinesh D’Souza and Judge Jeanine Pirro.
Thousands were reportedly in attendance at the event held at the Landers Center in Southaven, where local reports suggested that Trump hinted at taking another run for office, likely referencing his comment of, “I ask you to get ready to work, get ready to fight and get ready to win and we are going to win like never before.”
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Outside of generally denigrating the ongoing endeavors of the House select committee holding the broadcast January 6 hearings, the former president also brought up actions he’d like to see pursued regarding election integrity.
“And finally, we must pass critical election integrity reforms, including universal voter ID, citizenship confirmation, no more fake drop boxes that can’t be policed, no private money pouring into local election offices, and ultimately, we want same-day voting. One day and only paper ballots.”
After receiving a huge round of applause over his comments on election integrity, Trump remarked on how France was able to accomplish the aforementioned legislative endeavors with little or no issue.
“Hey, in France, what do they have, like 38 million people? France, a country, they just voted same-day, paper ballots, voter ID – they had no problem. Same-day.”
Trump used France as an example to juxtapose their election practices to those ongoing in the United States, mocking how elections held stateside allow for voting weeks in advance alongside the tallying ballots days after the election ends – with the former president stirring concerns over what happens to those early ballots in the weeks leading up to election day.
“You know these things where you vote 38 days in advance, and they added voting before and after. Forget the legislatures, they don’t even ask the legislatures anymore, it’s so corrupt. But then they say, ‘The ballots are being stored.’
“What do you think is happening to those ballots being stored? ‘We have security standing,’ well then where the hell is security, they say, ‘Well he didn’t show up, he’s sick.’ And you see what’s going on, it’s a disgrace what’s happened, and this is what’s happened to our country.”
While Trump lamented the numerous gaps and vulnerabilities associated with the 2020 election cycle, the former president stressed that what’s most important now is to focus on getting the base out to vote en masse, saying, “But first we need a landslide so big that they cannot rig it or steal it.”
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This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on June 19, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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