GOP’s Recount Rhetoric in Emails to Constituents

A few weeks ago, I started getting emails from donaldjtrump.com and the GOP. I had no idea why until I remembered that I’d filled out the GOP’s 100-day plan of action survey, which will supposedly guide Trump’s focus during his first 100 days in office. If you haven’t filled it out, there’s a mini-action for you to do now (in addition to the 12 actions I wrote about last month). But be aware that since it’s from the GOP, it’s heavily biased. Oh, and you have to give them an email address, which is what brings us here.

Instead of unsubscribing from the list, I started marking the GOP emails as spam. I found this oddly satisfying. But then I decided to start reading them so I could see what the other side had to say and how they were saying it. That’s when things started getting interesting.

On November 28th, my spam filter caught an email from RNC political director Chris Carr titled “Breaking: Clinton’s allies on the left order election recount.” He’s talking, of course, about the recount campaign Jill Stein’s campaign spearheaded in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin (though Stein is never mentioned in the email).

On the surface, Carr’s email says our country needs to unify behind its President-elect instead of worrying about a recount. Which, though I don’t agree with this (more on that in this manifesto), I don’t blame the Republicans for saying it. Then, the email includes a call to action: contribute to the Recount Defense Fund to help stop the “pointless recount.”

Though Carr says he’s calling for unity, his rhetoric sends the opposite message. Take for example the opening paragraph:

Friend, President-Elect Trump has issued a call for unity, which is exactly what our country needs right now. Sadly, one group would rather continue to bicker and protect the broken Washington status quo.

Right off the bat, Carr contradicts himself by using us-vs-them rhetoric. Now, this would be fine if he was calling out this “group” so he could provide constructive criticism on how to better work together. But instead, he frames his opponent’s concerns as outlandish in an effort to silence them. Carr says the recount is a “ridiculous effort” and “a political ploy by the left to further divide our country, gin up support from their extremist base, and threaten President-Elect Trump’s mandate.”

By doing this, he’s telling his conservative audience that liberals are the enemy and they’re trying to ruin our country. Language like this is what’s further dividing our country. It crystallizes each side’s view that the other party is a threat to everything they believe in. In reality, we’re all humans who want what’s best for ourselves and those we care about; we just have opposing views on what that means. (And I do believe—I have to believe—that many people voted for Trump out of a misguided view that he will make things better for them.)

A few subtle insults later, Carr says: “We should be taking this moment to unite as Americans after a brutal election and bind the wounds of our divided country.”

Here’s the thing: You don’t bind wounds by gaslighting the injured party. You don’t bind wounds by telling the wounded to “get over it.” You can’t bind wounds if you’re too busy pretending they don’t exist.

Finally, the email ends with this:

But now that the first recount is set to take place, we have to fight this fight. We have to ensure that the recount process is done fairly.

Out of context, this sentence actually sounds pretty good. The recount is happening, so let’s join in and make sure our election was fair. That’s what we all want, right? After all, the purpose of the recount is to make sure our elections still hold integrity. A rigged election is a threat to our democracy.

But read how he stated the same sentiment earlier on in the email:

[N]ow that the recount is set to take place, we need to be ready to fight back and win, just like we did during the campaign.

The GOP isn’t interested in fairness—it’s interested in winning, no matter the cost. Even if it’s because Russia interfered in the election (which is surprising, even from the party that brought us Watergate).

This also brings me to the second major contradiction in Carr’s email. He keeps calling the recount “pointless” and “meaningless.” He even goes as far as to say, “Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide, winning states and counties that no Republican won since Ronald Reagan’s triumphant victory in 1984.”

If the GOP is so sure of its victory in this election, why feel the need to “fight back and win”? If the recounts are “pointless,” then what’s the harm in letting them happen? I don’t see why Republicans would feel the need to raise money to stop the recount unless they’re afraid of what it might turn up.

Besides, as we all know by now, Donald Trump himself tweeted that “millions of people voted illegally” and there was “serious voter fraud.”

But sadly, Chris Carr would rather further divide our country and gin up support from his extremist base than stand behind the President-elect when it comes to allegations of voter fraud.

Read the entire email below.


Friend, President-Elect Trump has issued a call for unity, which is exactly what our country needs right now. Sadly, one group would rather continue to bicker and protect the broken Washington status quo.

This weekend, the Clinton campaign joined the ridiculous effort for recounts in battleground states that President-Elect Donald Trump won — and a recount was just successfully launched in Wisconsin.

Over $6 MILLION  have been raised to drag our country through this meaningless recount. It’s a political ploy by the left to further divide our country, gin up support from their extremist base, and threaten President-Elect Trump’s mandate.

Please contribute to our Recount Defense Fund to help us fight back against Hillary Clinton and her allies as they drag our country through a pointless recount.

Even Hillary’s legal counsel admitted that there is no “actionable evidence of hacking” of voting machines. This recount is nothing but a distraction — and a preview of the lengths to which liberals are willing to go over the next four years to try to stop us.

But now that the recount is set to take place, we need to be ready to fight back and win, just like we did during the campaign.

With you on our side we will be successful in once again stopping Hillary and her far-left pals from dividing our country even more. Contribute $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, or more today to help.

Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide, winning states and counties that no Republican won since Ronald Reagan’s triumphant victory in 1984. But liberals still can’t accept the fact that their chosen candidate lost.

We should be taking this moment to unite as Americans after a brutal election and bind the wounds of our divided country.

Can you imagine what would be happening if it were President-Elect Trump contesting an election that was decided three weeks ago?

We know the answer… The media would be eating him alive.

The American people voted for Donald Trump to, among other things, show their disgust for the games our politicians have been playing for decades — yet this latest charade proves the left hasn’t learned a single thing from the 2016 election.

But now that the first recount is set to take place, we have to fight this fight. We have to ensure that the recount process is done fairly.

Please contribute to our Recount Defense Fund to help us cover the costs as the far left drags our country through a pointless recount.

Thank you,
Chris Carr
Political Director

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