They say the fish rots from the head down, so is it any wonder to hear that Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, seems to be a voter fraud enthusiast?
Meadows was removed from the electoral roll in North Carolina amid a criminal inquiry into whether he committed election fraud by registering to vote at a residence he never owned or lived in. The former North Carolina Congressman had registered his address at a rented mobile home in Scaly Mountain, which he reportedly had never visited nor was seen there despite voting from there as an absentee in the 2020 election.
It turns out that Meadows’ alleged voter fraud in North Carolina was just scratching the surface, as Trump’s Chief of Staff was simultaneously registered to vote in three states, including Virginia and now South Carolina, according to the Washington Post:
The overlap lasted about three weeks, and it might have continued if revelations about Meadows’s voting record had not attracted scrutiny in North Carolina. Meadows is still registered in Virginia and South Carolina.
Republicans can’t stop obsessing over voter fraud. But whenever voter fraud is actually discovered, it seems that it’s typically Republicans committing it.
Florida is a great case study. Seniors in a staunchly pro-Trump retirement community named The Villages were charged with voting twice in the 2020 election. In South Florida, GOP canvassers went around flipping voter registrations from Democrat to Republican for elderly voters who said that they were upset and hadn’t authorized the party switches. Let’s not forget about Florida Power & Light helping run fake candidates who already caused one to plead guilty and a former GOP State Senator to face a trial on criminal charges.
Members of the GOP are never strangers to hypocrisy, and as a former head of the Tea Party Caucus in the House and a Republican party “leader,” Mark Meadows is no different. He has commented extensively on the dangers of voter fraud and has propagated conspiracy theories about Trump’s 2020 defeat resulting from the election being stolen.
“President Trump had alerted us to the strong possibility that there would be fraud connected to these mail-in ballots, and we wanted to be on the lookout for it,” Meadows wrote in his sardonically titled memoir “The Chief’s Chief.”
So here is a man who was the Chief of Staff to the President, and called for Republicans to spy on their neighbors over claims of election fraud involving fraudulent voting addresses. He self righteously and hysterically warned about “election integrity,” while his former boss tried to steal a legitimate election.
All the time, he himself was committing election crimes.
I would say Mark Meadows’ behavior is shocking and surprising.
But it’s neither.
Thomas Kennedy is an elected Democratic National Committee member representing Florida. He tweets from @tomaskenn.
is a reported opinion columnist and roving correspondent. He's an elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida and a Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.