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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Shuts Up Paul Ryan After Whining About Non Existent Voter Fraud



When you lose out at something, what is the best way to respond? Graciously accept defeat? Congratulate the winner? Smile and move on? I would have thought so, yes. But Master of Tact and Diplomacy Paul Ryan disagrees.

The outgoing Speaker is clearly at the end of his tether, in more ways than one. It seems to me that he is just itching to escape from his position, to the point that he becomes annoyed easily, often and in public. Which is not good.

So what is he annoyed about right now? Something that happened this week, surely. So maybe one of Trump‘s tweets? Or the fact that Mueller is closing in with his investigation?

Nope. The thing that Paul Ryan is angry about is that the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives at the midterm elections.

But didn’t that happen ages ago, I hear you ask. Yes, it did. Well, over three weeks ago, in fact. And yet Ryan just randomly decided that he was really angry about it, so he launched into a massive rant to the press about how unfair it is that the GOP lost seats. And this man is one of the most senior politicians in the country.

Here’s what he said:

“We were only down 26 seats the night of the election and three weeks later, we lost basically every California race. This election system they have — I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is.

“The way the absentee-ballot program used to work, and the way it works now, it seems pretty loosey goose. When you have candidates who win the absentee ballot vote and then lose three weeks later because of provisionals, that’s really bizarre. I just think that’s a very, very strange outcome.”

That’s right. Paul Ryan is wingeing and whining about the midterm elections. Specifically, he seems to have a problem with the fact that when you’re mid-way through counting the votes, you don’t know the final result yet, and it is only when you have actually counted all the votes that you know who has won. Which is just a blindingly obvious, painfully basic fact about elections.

Not to worry, though, because Democratic Secretary of State for California Alex Padilla swooped in to inject some much needed common sense into this whole debacle.

“It is bizarre that Paul Ryan cannot grasp basic voting rights protections. It shouldn’t ‘defy logic’ that elections officials are meticulous in counting every eligible ballot. California works to ensure every ballot is counted properly and every ballot is accounted for. In the most populous state in the nation — and the state with the largest number of registered voters — this takes time.

“In California, we believe in an inclusive and accessible democracy. We provide voters as many opportunities as possible to cast their ballots. That is why we have no excuse vote by mail, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, and early voting. These reforms helped drive California’s historic registration and a 30 year high in midterm turnout. I stand with the thousands of elections officials and volunteers throughout the state who continue to work around the clock to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections.”

Thank you, Alex.





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