No, I’m not kidding.

Patrick introduced on Tuesday night time that he was providing as much as $1 million — paid out of his marketing campaign account — for proof that backed up President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that his loss to Joe Biden was the results of some kind of unnamed and unreported fraud or dishonest.
“I help President Trump’s efforts to determine voter fraud within the presidential election and his dedication to creating positive that each authorized vote is counted and each unlawful vote is disqualified,” Patrick mentioned in explaining his $1 million vote-fraud bounty. “The delays in counting mail-in ballots in different states raises extra questions on voter fraud and potential errors.”

The issue is that, nicely, there’s really no proof of any widespread — and even narrow-spread — voter fraud within the just-concluded election.

The New York Instances contacted election officers in each state over the previous week and located, nicely, nothing in the way in which of election fraud.
“Prime election officers throughout the nation mentioned in interviews and statements that the method had been a exceptional success regardless of file turnout and the problems of a harmful pandemic,” wrote the Instances.

Provided that, here is one of the simplest ways to grasp what Patrick is doing: He is encouraging a fishing expedition.

Who would not attempt to dredge up some kind of “voter fraud” that may persuade Patrick to dole out, if not the total $1 million, then possibly only a few thousand {dollars}?

That is plain dangerous. Particularly when you think about that Trump and his allies have already pushed a lot of debunked vote-fraud claims together with ballots being burned and Republican ballot watchers being kicked out of polling locations in Detroit. 

Providing cash to provide you with extra junk like this may lead many inside Trump’s base to grow to be much more satisfied regardless of the details that, sure, that is all being stolen from him (and them).

The Level: What Patrick is doing is unethical, sure. Nevertheless it’s greater than that. It actively undermines our democracy and the peaceable transition of energy.