Donald Trump appears to believe that the way to win elections is to discourage people from voting:
Speaking at the Monday event in Derry, Trump once again alluded to his baseless claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
“So we have to be careful, you gotta get out there and you got to watch those voters,” Trump said. “You don’t have to vote, don’t worry about voting. The voting, we got plenty of votes, you gotta watch” [Matthew Loh, “Trump Told His Fans They ‘Don’t Have to Vote’ and Should ‘Watch’ Other Voters Instead,” Business Insider, 2023.10.23].
My pragmatic response should be, you bet: stand there and watch me and 81 million other patriots save our country again from your knuckleheaded tyranny. But my philosophical and integrous response is, Don’t listen to that moron. He’s wrong about everything else, and he’s wrong about the value of voting. Standing around watching other people vote won’t stop voter fraud, since there’s no voter fraud to stop. Never assume you have enough votes to win and that you thus don’t have to turn out more votes. You want to win? Go vote!
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin agrees with me on at least the last couple sentences. In the midst of early voting in Virginia’s keenly watched legislative and special Congressional election, the last thing Republican Governor Youngking wants is for Republicans to listen to Trump’s advice:
“Every single vote matters, and it’s the people that show up and vote that are gonna decide the election,” Youngkin said to Blake Burman on The Hill on NewsNation. “I wanna get ‘em all voting.”
…“Given the fact that the rules are the rules, and they’re the ones that I inherited and we have 45 days to vote in Virginia, I’m gonna get everybody out to vote,” Youngkin said on The Hill.
“And therefore, we’ve really pushed hard for people to go to secureyourvotevirginia.com,” Youngkin continued. “Make a plan to vote early” [Tara Suter, “Youngkin Dismisses Trump Early Voting Comments: ‘Every Single Vote Matters’,” The Hill, 2023.10.24].
Republicans, don’t listen to anybody who tells you not to vote. Or if you just can’t shake your Trumpism, meet him halfway: don’t vote… for Trump, but vote for someone else who believes in elections (which Virginia Republicans may have a chance to do on Super Tuesday, March 5, 2024).