Delusional Donald’s dubious logic

Here is a tweet from Delusional Donald on November 11, 2020.

Trump’s tweet superficially appears to follow the structure of assuming a premise which, if true, leads to a logical conclusion. He seems to think that the use of words like ‘therefore’ and ‘hereby’ give his tweets some logical and legal heft. But in this case, there is no evidence that the premise (that there exist hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots in Michigan and Pennsylvania) is true. Furthermore, even if it were true, the conclusion does not follow since it is possible that the majority of those illegal ballots were for Trump. If they were, eliminating them would make his margin of defeat even greater.

He needs another premise, that he somehow knows that the ballots that should not be counted had a majority for Biden that exceeded his final margin of victory, so that his argument goes:

Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast illegally in Pennsylvania and Michigan and should not be counted.
It was those votes that gave Biden his lead in both states.
Therefore, I win those states.

You would think a self-described stable genius would be able to construct a simple argument like that.


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  2. Pierce R. Butler says

    … didn’t allow our Poll Watchers and/or Vote Observers to Watch or Observe.

    I also hope our official VSG can define the difference between Watching and Observing for us.

  3. kestrel says

    I’m sorry but whenever I hear the term “stable genius” I think of a goat. Goats are highly intelligent, always coming up with interesting ways to thwart their owner. Not at all like the stable genius being referred to here, who seems to be a one-trick pony: “I win so there”.

  4. Who Cares says

    Oh that is so ‘funny’, not allowed our poll watchers & observers to be there.
    Let me see if I can dig up the article where the Republican/Trump lawyers were laughed out of court by the judge when they made that argument then two questions later had to admit (or commit perjury) that their argument was bunk link (not the one I was looking for but that one is paywalled).

    Keep in mind that if there is election fraud then it is most likely the republicans that are responsible for it since any bill brought to improve election security was shot down in the senate by them if McConnell allowed a vote on it at all.
    And that is if they aren’t the perpetrators (A friend has been digging, so this is hearsay, and claims to have only found republicans as offenders in the news). Like the guy who tried to get an absentee ballot for his dead grandmother so he could cast an extra vote for Trump. Or the USPS guy who committed perjury to claim that they were shipping in fake Biden ballots by the van load and then basically went “whoopsie I didn’t mean to say that, let me take it back, no hard feelings ok, can we be friends?” once his claims got put under a magnifying glass to see who, what, where, when, why and how.

    @kestrel(#): Mr Ed. That is what a stable genius looks like.

  5. Numenaster, whose eyes are up here says

    Yeah, he tried to just claim states through Twitter too. Of course it didn’t work. Everyone knows you have to pee on the corners too.

  6. StonedRanger says

    When I hear ‘stable genius’ I can only envision the person who is the most efficient at picking up all the horse shit in the stable. Damnit, that does sound like the donald. Curses, foiled again.

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