“It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”
Okay, it turns out that the above quote, attributed to Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin (pictured), was not something he actually said. But Stalin did say something very similar as have other dictators such as Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza:
"Indeed, you won the election, but I won the count." June 17, 1977.
During a press conference yesterday, President Trump said he would not commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. That naturally was the focus of most news stories, but I was more concerned by this part of the exchange:
"Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said. "You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster."
"We'll want to have — get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very — we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation."