Trump’s Former Chief of Staff Won’t Be Able to (Allegedly) Commit Voter Fraud in North Carolina Anymore

It may not seem like a big deal compared to all the other shady, underhanded, likely criminal behavior Donald Trump and company engaged in surrounding the last election, but in case you hadn’t heard, the former president’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows, registered to vote in 2020 using the address of a North Carolina mobile home he never owned or lived in. That’s something you’re not actually allowed to do—in fact, people have been prosecuted for less!—and Meadows is now under investigation for committing voter fraud. And in the meantime, North Carolina has taken a step to ensure he won’t be able to illegally vote there again (allegedly).

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Meadows was removed from the state’s voter rolls under General Statute 163-57, which states that “if a person goes into another state, county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district, or into the District of Columbia, and while there exercises the right of a citizen by voting in an election, that person shall be considered to have lost residence in that State, county, municipality, precinct, ward, or other election district from which that person removed.” In addition to not owning or living in the home he claimed was his permanent residence, Meadows was also registered to vote in Virginia, where he actually lived while serving as chief of staff.

“Macon County administratively removed the voter registration of Mark Meadows under [state law], as he lived in Virginia and last voted in the 2021 election there,” said Pat Gannon, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Board of Elections, according to Insider.

Last month the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation said that a special investigations unit was looking into the curious case of Meadows’s decision to register to vote using the address of, per The New Yorker, a “14-by-62-foot mobile home” that, again, he never actually lived in. The probe is being conducted with the state elections board. A spokesperson for Meadows did not respond to the Citizen-Times’ request for comment.

Donald Trump, of course, has spent the last 15 months baselessly claiming voter fraud cost him the 2020 election, and Meadows reportedly spent his final weeks as chief of staff trying to help his boss overturn the results, pressuring top officials to look into absurd election-fraud theories, including one about Italian satellites changing Trump votes to ones for Joe Biden and another about China using thermostats to hack voting machines. We also recently learned that he traded a number of text messages with Clarence Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, re: blocking Biden from becoming president. But apparently, the call was coming from inside the house!

Trump-endorsed Georgia candidate follows Trumpian tradition of lying about everything all the time

Fresh off revelations that Herschel Walker lied about graduating at the top of his class from the University of Georgia when, in fact, he didn’t graduate at all, comes a new report from the Daily Beast that the U.S. Senate candidate has a habit of claiming to own businesses that don’t appear to exist in the literal sense.

While Walker’s business record has been picked over before—including in an Associated Press review of “exaggerated claims of financial success”—The Daily Beast has reviewed documents and other records that shine new light on previously unexamined, and particularly egregious, false claims. 

Those claims include running the largest minority-owned food company in the United States; owning multiple chicken plants in another state; and starting and owning an upholstery business which was also, apparently, at one point in his telling, the country’s largest minority-owned apparel company…. The claims about the upholstery business appear particularly divorced from the truth, as that business, as Walker describes it, doesn’t appear to exist.