Rand Paul slammed after accusing Democrats of using legal processes to 'steal' elections

Rand Paul slammed after accusing Democrats of using legal processes to 'steal' elections
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking with attendees at the 2015 Iowa Growth & Opportunity Party at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Gage Skidmore

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently accused Democratic lawmakers of stealing elections by way of legal processes and Twitter users quickly noted the error in his arguments.

On Monday, December 27, the Kentucky lawmaker took to Twitter with a link to a story published by The American Conservative as he criticized Democrats' strategies to attract more voters.

"How to steal an election," Paul tweeted, before quoting from the article that Democrats' plans involved "seeding an area heavy with potential Democratic votes with as many absentee ballots as possible, targeting and convincing potential voters to complete them in a legally valid way, and then harvesting and counting the results."

Almost immediately after Paul posted his remarks, Twitter users fired back to point out his problem. According to RawStory, Democrats' strategy for attracting voters is completely legal.

"You literally described the legal voting method," Lincoln Project senior advisor Fred Wellman tweeted. "That's not stealing you idiot. It's called letting American's vote. It feels like stealing because your party is shrinking into nothing."

Tony Bradley echoed similar remarks saying, "That is called 'an election.' Look it up in a dictionary or something. Which part of “give ballots to people, ask them to complete them in a legally valid way, and count them” do you take issue with, exactly?"

CNN reporter John Harwood fired back tweeted, "Convincing potential voters to cast legal ballots is the how you win elections in a democracy."

"They really believe it's a scandal to help legal voters who might oppose them to participate in democracy," tweeted Georgetown University political scientist Donald Moynihan.

Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University, ultimately used one word to sum up what the process really is. "This is what we call— wait for it— voting," he tweeted,


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