Democrat Doug Jones’ electoral victory over Republican Roy Moore in deep-red Alabama on Tuesday was surprising for many.
However, spurred on largely by high black voter turnout and a preference for someone who did not multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Alabama made its voice heard loud and clear that Jones would represent them in the Senate.
However, conservatives and Trump supporters around the country could not admit defeat — not surprising, considering Moore himself has refused to concede and appears to be clamoring for a recount — and are spreading rumors of massive voter fraud committed by black voters.
“I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote,” Conservative radio host and Trump supporter Bill Mitchell said on Twitter. “Anyone else hearing this? Anything to it? That might explain the 30% turnout higher than population percentage. Just reporting the rumor.”
I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote. Anyone else hearing this? Anything to it? That might explain the 30% turnout higher than population percentage. Just reporting the rumor.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) December 13, 2017
Considering Alabama has some of the strictest voter ID laws in the country — and has historically made it difficult for black residents to cast their votes — the notion is absolutely racist, ridiculous and dangerous to democracy. What should stun folks like Mitchell is that Alabama’s anti-voter Secretary of State had anticipated a 25 percent turnout when the actual figure surpassed 50 percent.
But Mitchell wasn’t the only one spreading conspiracy theories (fake news?) about the Democrats committing some sort of deep state voter fraud. From pseudo-journalists to armchair political scientists, conservative Twitter refused to believe most Alabama voters did not want Moore — who was twice removed as a judge on Alabama’s Supreme Court — representing them in the Senate. Take a look:
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) December 13, 2017
Check out time stamps. Write in vote numbers dropped as Jones count went up. Trump then tweets about write ins being the key. They knew. This was a sting and #Dems are about to be hammered on voter fraud. #QAnon #FollowTheWhiteRabbit pic.twitter.com/etd9GBIvxj
— Brandon B (@KingBee0102) December 13, 2017
Trump won in Alabama by 28% and all of a sudden judge Moore loses this race. I ask the state to look into voting fraud
— Ack&CapeWeather???????????? (@capeislsweather) December 13, 2017
I have no doubt Roy Moore won & voter fraud gave it to Jones. Both dems & establishment republicans didn't want Moore so they made it happen. McConnell is as dirty as the dems & felt threatened by Bannon. RNC played their role also to avoid being blamed & Fox lied to give cover.
— Susan Says (@TellingMyTruths) December 13, 2017
U didn't find it strange Moore was up until very end…when Democrat counties came in late with just enough votes to give Jones 1 point win? Why did they get to wait until end? So they could steal election knowing EXACTLY vote totals needed?https://t.co/auexbxULzs
— Wayne Allyn Root (@WayneRoot) December 13, 2017