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Respect & Voter Fraud

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While it might strike some as odd, I respect Trump supporters who claim Biden won through fraud. I am taking them seriously, the same way I would take a claim by a professional colleague seriously in a philosophical dispute. I am also assuming that they are being serious. This respect manifests in two ways. First, I make an assumption of honesty on the part of Trump supporters. That is, I am assuming they believe their claims and are not knowingly making false claims for nefarious purposes, such as trying to steal the election. Because there is currently no evidence for their claims of widespread voter fraud, I believe that Trump’s supporters are in error. But this is vastly different from claiming they are lying. While it might not seem to be an important distinction, the difference between honest error and lying is significant. Honest error occurs when a person believes a claim that is false, but they think it is true and they have put in the work to check their belief. A person is lying when they knowingly make false claims with an intent to deceive. If Trump’s supporters believe that widespread voter fraud is real, then they would presumably either have evidence for their belief or they would support efforts to find credible evidence. After all, if they believe they are right, they should be confident of inquiries into their claims: the evidence should be there for all to see. As a discussed in my previous essay, Trump supporters tend to regard all the major news sources and academic institutions as purveyors of fake news and lies. As such, we cannot undertake our search for evidence in such places—although if these sources did find evidence of fraud by Biden, Trump supporters might find them credible in this one instance. But, as I noted in my previous essay, voter and election fraud are crimes—typically felonies. As such, if the Democrats perpetrated widespread voter or election fraud, then there should be evidence, and this should be turned over to law. . .

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