Is Rosa Ortega a confused woman or a member of a nefarious plot to rob President Donald Trump of the presidential popular vote?
Trump has made repeated claims that approximately 3 million “illegals” politely known as undocumented immigrants voted illegally, implying he would have won the popular vote (not to be confused with being popular) instead of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival. Interestingly it was approximately 3 million votes that Clinton garnered in the popular election.
Should Trump claims, commonly known as ‘alternative facts’ prove to be true it would be voter fraud at a level not ever seen in this country. Is this mom living quietly in Grand Prairie, Texas running a sleeper cells that activated millions of undocumented out of the shadows to vote?
Only problem is Ortega is a registered Republican and didn’t vote in the 2016 election.
Earlier this week Ortega, a 37-year-old mother of four, was convicted of voter fraud in Texas and sentenced to 8 years in prison and given a $5,000 fine. Ortega’s crime is she identified herself as a U.S. citizen on her voter registration form versus a permanent resident. As a permanent resident you can only vote in local and state elections that do not require you to be a U.S. citizen.
The sentence is harsh and experts believe a result of the “illegals voted illegally” rhetoric Trump is authoring and certain parts of America is embracing. Well, at least the parts of the country that use a pitchfork and bango as tools of the trade. Typically voter fraud cases not tied to influence peddling are given probation.
Ortega came from Monterrey, Mexico as an infant with her undocumented mother and eventually became a legal resident. She then proceeded to vote 5 times between 2012 and 2014, her family claims not realizing she could not vote and became confused when filling out her application due to a mental disability.
Ortega voted for Republicans Mitt Romney and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who oversaw her prosecution. Paxton said in a statement (while fighting his own charges of securities fraud) that Ortega’s case “shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure.”
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