The Republican Party is terrified of the American voter. The GOP has decayed down into such a transparently soulless organization catering solely to the whims of the rich that they stand little chance of winning elections without voter suppression methods. The numbers show that large election turnouts favor Democrats because the Democratic platform is more generally popular than the GOP’s.
Faced with this reality, Republicans have devised all manner of ways to depress turnout and now with COVID-19 ravaging the United States—in no small part due to the incompetent governance of President Trump and his Republican enablers—GOP operatives and officials are coming out in strong opposition to vote-by-mail measures for November.
The president has been spreading misinformation on the subject by erroneously claiming that vote-by-mail causes widespread voter fraud. It’s a claim that nobody with real familiarity with the facts takes seriously but one which his conspiratorially-minded supporters have eagerly lapped up.
Today, White House counselor and loyal liar for the president Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters and mirrored her boss’s hostility to vote-by-mail.
“People are very proud to show up and go to the polls, they really are. I mean they wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake. So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and Constitutionally significant as cast their ballot,” Conway said.
The naked disregard she has for the lives of Americans is staggering. She and Trump would rather force voters to line up in close proximity with one another and risk contracting the coronavirus than allow them to vote-by-mail. Over 100,000 Americans are already dead and these people can’t even pretend to care.
Oh, and people aren’t lining up at Georgetown Cupcake in DC. As some pointed out, the establishment is doing delivery only due to the pandemic. So not only was her comparison insulting, it was false.
Twitter users were quick to react with a mix of mockery, disbelief, and sarcasm.
Kellyanne Conway: “If you can stand in line for a cupcake, you can stand in line to vote.”
And if you can lick Trump’s ass, YOU can lick a stamp.
I’m voting for @JoeBiden on #ElevenThree. By mail.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) May 27, 2020
This is what Performative Assertion looks like. Make a point so obtuse that regular people are left astounded.
I mean…. 🤭🤫 https://t.co/Tw7gs0T5Yx
— Pam Keith (@PamKeithFL) May 27, 2020
conway is referring here to a little-mentioned clause in Article II Section V of the Constitution, where every eligible American is mandated to purchase a cupcake every four years. https://t.co/f3jrTXedrr
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 27, 2020
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 27, 2020
I can’t stop watching the performative way Kellyanne Conway says “cupcake." https://t.co/nVlwA8fRwF
— Colby Hall (@colbyhall) May 27, 2020
You can also choose to order cupcakes by mail. https://t.co/wCvTzWz0wF
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 27, 2020
Not everyone can stand in line for a cupcake nor does everyone want to stand in line for a cupcake. Buying a cupcake is not a fundamental American right nor does cupcake buying involve hundreds or thousands of people in really long lines.
— Marquis de Lafayette(Reese) (@JackJackington) May 27, 2020
Conway specifically compares in-person voting to standing in line at Georgetown Cupcakes.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) May 27, 2020
Does she know that the Constitution doesn't mention cupcakes
— miss speech (@miss_speech) May 27, 2020
We're not standing in line for cupcakes, either.
— Jerry 🍨 (@js_edit) May 27, 2020
if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 27, 2020
If you can mail people checks you can mail people ballots.
Is she living in a fantasy world where criminals don't want to steal checks but really want to vote?
— JRehling (@JRehling) May 27, 2020
I can think of no differences between those two situations. A perfect analogy.
— Paul Tree (@PaulTree10) May 27, 2020
"let them eat cupcakes!"
Kellyanne Antoinette Conway, probably
— Zach Livingston (@Zach_Livingston) May 27, 2020
Because as we know buying cupcakes can only be done a few days every couple years and is enshrined in the constitution.
— Shane Tierney (@Grievetrain) May 27, 2020
— Kathy (@mydoggigi) May 27, 2020
The people aren't standing in line during the pandemic for a cupcake., @KellyannePolls
Georgetown Cupcakes is delivery only.
— Janine Kube (@KubeJ9) May 27, 2020
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