David Barton: Voter Turnout Was 100% For America’s First 200 Years As God Commanded [AUDIO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch:

Last weekend, Religious Right activist and pseudo-historian David Barton spoke at Harvest New Beginnings church in Illinois, where he absurdly claimed that for the first 200 years of the United States’ existence, the country regularly had 100 percent voter turnout.

Barton was making his standard case that Christians have a responsibility to vote (and to cast that vote for Donald Trump) or they will have to answer to God, which, he claimed, was something that all Americans understood until recently.

“We’ve been given something that we have a responsibility to use,” Barton said, “so it’s not our choice whether we vote or not. And that’s why you will find that for the first 200 years after we started having votes in America, voter turnout was 100 percent. We preached this from the pulpit, I can give you the Bible verses on it; it was our responsibility, it was not our choice. God gave us this nation to be stewards over.”

Back in August, Barton declared that White Jesus will totally smite anybody who doesn’t vote for Trump.

  • PickyPecker
    • Treant

      If we’re gonna get the October Surprise for Trump (probably a paid abortion, I hope), it better be soon.

      • PickyPecker

        Still waiting for the dRUMPf ‘N-word’ tape release. 🙂

        • The_Wretched

          They would have released something like that if they had it.

          • Joe in PA

            Yeah, probably before the last debate…to get maximum exposure.

          • ShawnSwagger

            It exists, multiple people have confirmed it, but the legal/contract requirements for ‘The Apprentice’ prevent them from releasing it.

          • The_Wretched

            Right, by ‘had’ i meant in the hands of Clinton’s people or someone able or willing to release.

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        • aagold76 .

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      • Nick in Pasadena

        At this point I don’t think another October surprise is needed, but if so, what could possibly be worse than what we already know? (A confirmed abortion might pull his numbers down slightly, but his base has already drunk the Kool-Aid.)

    • pj


    • Paula

      Ay Caramba!

      • TuuxKabin

        Madre de perla!

        • Paula

          A la Virga!

    • bzrd

      taco truck looks empty better get more we’re hungry out here

    • Jerry

      Voted during lunch today…there’s a benefit to voting early: most campaigns download early voting lists each day and remove those names from their phone banks and robo calls.


      • Nic Peterson

        I mailed my ballot earlier this week. Will white Jesus be coming to smite you as well?

        • Jerry

          Yes. I had to actually go through the entire ballot this time…no straight tickets any more in my state…but it came out the same for the Democrats.

  • Taylor

    This guy just can’t open his mouth without telling a lie.

    • Frostbite

      Apparently it’s not a sin any more.

    • Larry Gist

      It’s not a SIN if you honestly believe its true!

      Also, Christians have this great thing called ‘absolution’ where if you confess a sin it’s automatically forgiven. So speak it aloud to the man in the sky and all is forgiven. Great how that works out for them isn’t it?

      • D. J.

        How does he have time to address the public?

      • douglas

        But suck one cock and you are doomed for eternity!!

    • Piercedchrlz

      “We’ve been given something that we have a responsibility to use,” Barton said.
      And then they get all butt hurt over me masturbating and whoring (butt hurt, haha) around…I have a responsibility to use what I’ve been given…

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Something something thou shalt not bear false witness something.

    • charliebkk

      I’d like to break his fucking jaw. He is the most vile thing in the world. That is all

  • edrex

    well, 100% is much easier to achieve when you leave out black people and women.

    • And anyone who isn’t a land-owner, and under 25. But considering the source… it’s still bullshit.

    • james1200

      You think he knows how to use The Google? ’cause it would have been so much easier if he had and not embarrssed himself…


  • bkmn

    Barton supports Trump. That tells you everything you need to know about what kind of “Christian” he is.

    • Rex

      Jesus picked Obama for the past eight years, guess he’s going a different direction this time.

      • Nasty Girl Brianna

        God is batting exactly .000 for all the Republicans he’s commanded into running for President. In fact, you can pretty much say that “God told me to run” is the kiss of death for any candidacy.

        • Rex

          Isn’t it interesting that when god tells people to do something it’s exactly what they want to do.

  • Treant

    Oh, dear, no. Even with the restricted level of voting way back when, people whined about the low turnout in the early 19th century.

    It probably sucked even in the late 18th, but I have no data on the subject.

    • John

      Actually, the data is all ovah da place. And the highest was in 1876. Which took me all over thirty seconds to find.

      • Treant

        But still overall sucky. 🙂 I’ve certainly read written letters complaining about the lack of involvement in the political process going back to the early19th century.

        Just like today, it goes up, it goes down. We’ve enfranchised so many voters (which is a good thing) that voting percentages would tend to be a bit lower.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Rex

      History is much more interesting when you write it yourself.

    • JCF

      Preach, Joan!

  • Duck

    100% voter turn out. 1) citation needed, 2) is that because voting was restricted to white, male, landowners – so like 12 people?

  • John

    It was never 100%. Never. Ever.

    However, in Communist countries, it was often nearly 100%. Barton would be more comfortable in the former Soviet Union. Who’s up for buying him a ticket?

    • zhera

      Not even North Korea has 100% voter turn-out. And given that the voting there is much easier (only one choice), that’s saying something!

  • boatboy_srq

    Given how many Christian sects over that period have avoided politics because they consider political action worldly (and therefore not the province of Believers), this is laughable beyond measure.

    • clay

      and, until Reagan, that included most fundamentalist evangelicals.

  • Michael Smith

    “And that’s why you will find that for the first 200 years after we started having votes in America, voter turnout was 100 percent.”

    He’s lost all touch with reality. The election of 1828, for example, had a 57.6% turnout.

    • Herald

      There you go again with the facts.

    • History is biased.

      • james1200

        Facts in general have a liberal bias, which is why Trumpettes & other assorted filth don’t believe in facts.

      • boatboy_srq

        Godless IslamoFascoSoshulist historians are biased. God’s Truth, however, is definitively objective.


    • zhera

      Stop shoving facts down his throat!

  • m_lp_ql_m

    If you’re going to invent history, at least keep it to a time period that no one remembers. The 1972 election? Bah!


    Seriously, not one person was sick for 200 years ? WOW !

    • Larry Gist

      Again, only white, Christian, land-owners.

    • EweTaw

      I can vouch that every year I voted before 1976 had 100% turn out. Then when the bicentennial happened we all started taking hallucinogens, smokin’ a lot of weed and drank ourselves under the table so we didn’t remember to vote. So all you kids, be sure to vote November 28. /s

      • clay

        I thought it was all those faux-nostalgic thong-laced shirts that distracted the menz. The womenz will have to come up with their own excuse for why their participation fell after 1920, and then, again, after 1976.

      • doninkansas

        I thought it started when they began to allow non-land owners, women, blacks, Chinese, Messcans and Mooslims to vote. The god fearin white male Christian property owners got so sicouraged that they all stayed at home.

      • MDixon34

        Yeah, it seems weird that the first election after 200 years (1980) there just happened to be the republican messiah running.

        • EweTaw

          Far too convenient. I smell a conspiracy!

    • Uncle Mark

      I’m confused. Weren’t there some years where Black people and women were not allowed to vote…but now they are? Why the divine change of heart? I haven’t seen anything addressing that in the New World Testament

      • PLAINTOM

        The ink isn’t quite dry yet.

  • olandp

    “…I can give you the Bible verses on it…”

    I’d like to see them. When I read the Bible, I recall reading how we must be loyal to our king, but nothing about voting.

    • Herald

      I caught that one too, barton is a fool. But he has a secure grifting gig in the loony christianist far right.

      • David

        There’s millions to be made riding the Wingnut-Welfare-Circut.

    • lattebud

      We will put you in line for that… Right behind Melania’s immigration documentation and timeline, as well as the sources that talk to Glenn Beck

    • edrex

      My favorite story in the Bible has always been Jesus’ Parable of the Electoral College.

      • Mike C

        He turned one vote into 5000 and that’s why we need voter ID.

        • Jerry

          And the Hebrew backlash when they took the trouble to travel to Jerusalem to vote, and afterwards only got bread and fish.

        • edrex

          and a lot of those voter were dead until “you know who” showed up.

  • Tiger Quinn

    So allllllll of that footage from the ’80s, where you have one religious leader after another saying “we have no place in politics, politics are gross and we don’t want to be associated with them” is….wrong? It was Reagan that came along and convinced the churchgoers that they could have political power.

  • John

    I noted it in another comment, but the highest turnout ever was in 1876.

    Barton is a moron, followed and listened to by even more moronic morons.

  • The_Wretched

    My teen son was saying yesterday that 100% elections are de facto evidence of fraud or lying. Barton should at least learn to lie convincingly.

  • AtticusP

    “We’ve been given something that we have a responsibility to use,” Barton said.

    I think it’s safe to say that David Barton was not referring to his brain, don’t you?

    • BudClark

      Or his penis / anus, perhaps?

      Naw … THEY get a regular workout!


    That’s interesting since the 1960 election between Kennedy and Nixon only had a 63% voter turnout.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I guess denying black people the right to vote means nothing to him.

  • skyweaver

    I know it shouldn’t be surprising anymore, but this just… making stuff up over and over again. Easily disprovable stuff, too. Also with no context (no slaves could vote, no women.) Blows my mind.

    • boatboy_srq

      The trouble is that the epistemic closure for his market base is so complete that they buy it without question. See: Conservapedia.

  • William

    Dude needs to lick a light socket.

  • JoeMyGod

    JMG is loading very slowly for some (including me). We’re checking to see if there’s another DDOS thing happening….

    • Henry Auvil

      JMG and a bunch of other sites are slow. I’ve been taking the lord’s name in vain all morning.

      • Gustav2

        I have been screaming a chorus of obscenities at cable news this morning.

    • james1200

      No problems here in Boston.

    • 2patricius2

      I have been having problems as well. With this site and others. I am glad I am not the only one. I was afraid there was something wrong with my computer.

  • Bruno

    So, I guess lying is now not one of those commandment dingalingy-thingies anymore?

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Whoever said “Thou shalt not bear false witness” was bearing false witness.

  • safari
    • james1200

      See how reasonable Masschusetts Republicans are, lol!

      • madknits

        He may have been governor of MA, but he’s a New Yorker, born and bred. When he was governor of MA, many of us considered him a carpet bagger.

        • james1200

          He governed well, though, right? Our current Republican governor gets compared to him a lot and he has been very reasonable, from signing the recently passed Trans anti-discrimination bill to gay and abortion rights to spending. I assume Weld governed the same way.

          • madknits

            He was rather bland and did abandon his post to chase after becoming Ambassador to Mexico, a post for which he never was interviewed. He was popular, but I never much liked him. I’m rather surprised at the current governor, shocked, really, that he supported the Trans anti-discrimination bill. He did that after I left the state, though we are thinking of returning in the next few years. Honestly, living in the deep south is not for me. 😉

          • james1200

            I assume down there it’s all polite smiles and mint julepes during the day and cross burnings all night?

          • madknits

            It’s sometimes a bit passive aggressive.
            No, I’m just really homesick.
            And I can’t find my two favourite yarns around here. And while I can order them on line, I like to hold different colours up to each other to see what works best, which is hard to do on a computer screen.
            But mostly I miss my friends.

    • Bruno

      I like Weld somewhat from what I’ve seen. But it has to be said that Johnson didn’t pick his running mate too wisely if his intention is to see his campaign through to the end and maybe get 5% for the funding. Johnson is unfortunately not the sharpest nail.

      • james1200

        No, he’s not. I liked him at first ’cause I thought he was stoned all the time but it’s clear that it’s not just the weed, he’s also really, really dumb. Shame, ’cause the stoned thing made him so relatable.

  • bkmn

    O/T – I just contacted both of my state Senators about Chuck Schumer and the DSCC blocking investment in Florida, specifically the Rubio-Murphy race. I asked both of them to consider Schumer’s actions when they vote on who will be the majority leader. I encourage others to contact their Senators too. Chuck Schumer would not be good for the progressive wing of the party. Schumer should not be elected to the position of leader.

    • TrollopeReader

      Schumer would love to be the senator from Israel … (like a lot of Rs would, too) ….. Senator —be a senator for NYers and Americans, thank you.

  • William

    Some of these Godly folks would beg to differ.

    • The_Wretched

      Prior to the “Moral Majority” and the Republican’s ‘Southern Strategy’, the more fundy side of xtians stayed out of politics. We see the start of that strategy in the evil puddle wearing glasses in the 2nd half of the video.

    • Marides48

      I’m voting for “Godless Atheism”. It’s about time we remove god from politics.

    • BudClark

      WHO is THAT queen and WHERE did she get her Fashion Sense and hair-do???

      • William

        It was the 70s. A general amnesty has been declared for most crimes of fashion.

  • SFBruce

    Even if his absurd claim were correct, those eligible voters would have included zero women, and African-Americans didn’t exist then; they were all slaves. And it wasn’t until 1828 that non-property owners had the “right” to vote.

    • thatotherjean

      Not strictly true. There were free black men, even those who owned land–but they weren’t acknowledged as citizens, so they couldn’t vote. Not that they would have dared, even if they had been eligible.

  • moebym

    I haven’t been smited yet. In fact, I saw a rainbow the day I voted.

    Could it be because God is actually supporting Hillary? 😉

  • Jerry Kott
    • EweTaw

      Barbara is a member of the Summerlin Apostolic Jeebuz is Lard Evanjellocal Church that meets in an empty business space in a strip mall off of West Gowan Road and Highway 95. She sells jerked meat from the back of her family van Sundays after church. The health dept. has been trying to shut her down for years.

      • William

        Has the health department considered using RPGs?

      • boatboy_srq

        Any other outfit jerking meat in the back of a van would be closed down almost immediately.

        • EweTaw

          But they’re pious poor Christians. Or so they like to claim.

      • Jerry Kott

        Welcome to America-thanks for the infor

  • Xuuths

    Another day, another lie by the liar david barton. No news here.

  • TuuxKabin

    I’d rather besmirched, please.

  • Oshtur

    Voting turn out was much higher because it wasn’t secret. Political parties would do many things including having color coded partisan ballots that people dropped in the box publicly – your boss would fire you if you didn’t vote AND vote the way they wanted you to or someone would pay you for your vote and they needed to see you were voting the way they had paid for. The ‘Australian ballot’ wasn’t widely used in the US until after the 1884 election which was fraught with very public voter coercion by the rich and employers.

    ‘Christian’ had nothing to do with it.

    • Gustav2

      And then there was the booze for votes!

      • Oshtur

        Correct. Interestingly I became aware of all this because of the Christian group here in Washington that tried to keep their initiative signers secret, claiming it was a right like the vote. It was Scalia that pointed out there is no constitutional right to a secret ballot at all for most of American history and most certainly no such right for citizens acting as legislators.

      • William

        Booze voting is one of the factors in the strange death of Edgar Allen Poe. That and a possibility of rabies.

  • Larry Gist

    These people REALLY give me a headache.

  • TexasBoy

    I was alive for some off those first 200 years. I know better. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

    • Marides48

      I survived the last 28 years of those 200. I remember in 1972, the average waiting time to vote, was about 12 hours!

      • TexasBoy

        In some precincts, there were wait times. Few states had voting machines, most were paper or punch card ballots, and those areas that did have voting machines, like New York, were notorious for machine breakdowns But voter turnout was no where near 100%. If voter turn out had been 100%, it would have literally taken DAYS to vote back then.

  • jimbo65

    Isn’t this the same nut job that has a lock on the textbooks in Texas? Kinda pisses me off that his brand of ignorance and bigotry will live on to be passed to the next generation of rubes.

    • Gustav2

      Yup and ran Sen Cruz Super PAC for his presidential bid.

      • Marides48

        We can see how that worked out.

  • Max_1
  • Chuck in NYC

    It’s a shame this guy is such a moron because he has a really good head of hair.

  • DaveMiller135

    Facts? He don’t need no stinkin’ facts!

  • zhera

    Revisionist ‘historian’ says what now?

    Hey, did that include all the non-white people, all the non-male people, all the non-land owner people?

    • jsolar13

      I’m pretty sure they still don’t count any of those people as people.

  • greenmanTN

    OT- Trae Crowder has a new video about Trump, more angry than funny IMO


    • Treant

      Hopefully he returns to the old Trae Crowder after the election because you’re right, this isn’t that funny.

    • TuuxKabin

      I Love Ya’ All Like Chicken . . . sigh.

      • Jerry

        And “…new coach…will go get our touchdowns back from the Mexicans…”

    • tim870

      Leathery anus mouthed tangerine…..brilliant!

    • EweTaw

      “Praize fake gay Jesus!” Trae comes to me in my dreams (all over me, too).

    • thatotherjean

      And that was the straight-up truth. I hope a lot of pissed-off people who might otherwise have voted for Trump take his advice. He can be funny after the election. Go, Trae!

  • LovesIrony

    Dave’s chapter of the kkk voter turnout for the elections for grand wizard is 100% he gets confused..

  • greenmanTN
  • Richard B

    David Barton is a lying sanctimonious grifter.

  • 2patricius2

    Sorry, David. We don’t want you as our steward. We can do just fine without you.

    • djcoastermark

      Really ! When I fly, I don’t want my steward to lecture me and hand me a bible tract with every drink I order. Or to tell me in the event of an emergency, please calmly bow your heads and pray.

      • 2patricius2

        And I especially don’t want my steward to tell me that if I don’t believe, I’m going to hell if the plane crashes……. :-0

  • bmedle

    Ah yes, you can find those Bible verses pertaining to voter turnout rates across American history in the new St. Ronnnie Raygun version.

    • boatboy_srq

      Pay special attention to that edition’s translation of 1 Mammon: there’s a somewhat different take on “render unto Caesar” in 1 Mammon 10:40 that may pertain.

      • bmedle

        I think I’ll just wait for the annotated, illustrated children’s version.

  • thatotherjean

    There’s a whopper of a lie that should disqualify him for ever and ever from calling himself a “historian.”

  • Paula

    Trump promised him the Official U.S. Historian position. He would get the chance to clean all the lies out of the National Archives.

  • There are only Babble verses on Amurikkka’s voter turn out, no Bible verses.

  • I’d go to the trouble of a tiny bit of research to prove he’s a liar, but we all already know that and I have better things to do with my time, like pull hair out of my ears.


    • EweTaw

      About those hairs in your ears: do what I do. I currently don’t have a significant other who would normally check my nose and ear hairs (among other stuff). I was complaining about this with a friend who is in a similar situation. We now check each other and pull ear hairs every Saturday after hitting the gym. If you can arrange a similar symbiotic relationship with a friend it will leave you more time to do more important stuff such as hot monkey sex. 🙂

      • The_Wretched


      • Hell, son, I can have hot monkey sex and pull the hair out of my ears at the same time. I am just THAT talented! ;^)

        • EweTaw

          What are you doing Friday afternoon? 🙂

  • JustDucky
  • fuzzybits

    Stewards of the land.eh? Is that like driving your gas guzzling 4×4’s up to the church on Sun.?

  • James

    It’s easy to approach 100% when the majority of people can’t vote.

    • Friday

      Even easier for liars to just ignore history, call themselves historians, make shit up, and keep lying. 🙂

      • That’s one of the many reasons why one of the first things Leto III God Emperor of Dune did was kill all the historians.

  • sherman

    The stories have been handed down through generations about how my Grandpa Jeremiah was a big supporter of Winfield Scott while Grandma supported Franklin Pierce. On election day their votes canceled each other out and the household voting was decided by their slave Ezekiel, but he wouldn’t tell them how he voted!

    • NowAnAgnostic

      Shouldn’t there be a big SNARK after your comment? Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the US from 1853–57. Neither women nor slaves could vote.

  • NancyP

    Dave honey, I voted in the 1976 bicentennial election, and I know that plenty of people did not vote. Fake history works better when you confine it to one century or more before current date.

  • Stubenville
  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    So the Bible commands its followers to vote in US elections? Really? A book written some 1300 years BEFORE America was even founded?

    Huh. Must be a different Bible than the rest of us are used to seeing.

    • clay

      Yeah, and it reports that they did turn out until 1976, ‘cept, not the Jews.

    • Gianni

      Plus, never mentions the United States Of America.

  • What I found amazing was how for a while there, this lunatic was actually taken seriously by the media.

    In any case, Barton is now on the list of people who need to shut the fuck up right now about morals, ethics, and human decency, because this sick-ass promotion of Donald Trump as the Second Coming of Christ and God’s own anointed choice for America’s president is an abomination.

  • KQCA

    Religious Right people believe that they can change history simply by editing it. It is something they have in common with Trump. It is like a popular plague of self-mind programming.

  • Christian Flanagan

    How to Lie: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
    Here you go, David. This might help.

  • ceeenbee

    Another damn lie by a pseudo-christian and so easy to disprove.

    White jesus wept.


  • mikeinrkfd

    No doubt David since women, slaves and
    Indians weren’t allowed to vote.

  • Megrim Twist

    White Jesus can HEAR YOU LIE. Why does this idea never enter their teeny tiny brains?

  • David in Tucson

    If Anna Russell were here to describe this, she would say “I’m not making this up, you know!”

    • madknits

      Her name is Urda. She’s a green torso.
      And she says, “Be careful, Wotan, be careful.”
      Then she bears him nine daughters.
      Seems to me she’s the one who should have been careful!

  • Tom G

    100% of the men perhaps 0% of the women for certain

  • sfmike64

    Isn’t lying a sin in his religion? I’m pretty sure it is.

  • Michael

    Voter turn out was not 100% for the first 200 years.

  • Hunter M

    Now you’re just making up shit!

  • orion dumptee

    man..this dudes as phony as his hairpiece..jeeese…( i got a better looking RUG on my back porch, ))

  • Gianni

    When taught and convinced from an early age that America was founded on Judeo-Christian Principles, you can make up any history you want

  • Well, as an early voter, I did not vote for the Cheeto-faced shitgibbon, and I’m still waiting for that smite, David.

  • Kissmagrits

    Mr. Barton….. “the people” rarely had a vote in the period you’re pretending to know something about. Land owners, merchants, military and clergy were occasionally consulted by their monarch, but it was advisory at best because political power was almost alway granted by birthright…or included in the rights of plunder.

    You’re not a historian, Mr. Barton…..you’re a Christianist imposter.

  • MDixon34

    As if facts have ever mattered to “christians.”

  • Barton is completely divorced from reality. He just says whatever pops into his head and since he believes it, that makes it true. That’s what religion is. I believe it so it’s the truth and how dare you challenge me on my beliefs!

    Low voter turnout has been discussed since I was a child and I’m in my 50s so well before that 200 year mark. It’s always been an issue. and 100%? Has that happened in even one national election ever?

    • Randy503

      North Korea.

      • Canadian Observer

        Pikers, if you want to see how it is done right look at Russia’s 2011 election where entire regions had voter turnout of MORE than 100%

  • Mark

    Don’t you just know those wild wild west outlaw gunslingers just rode into town, hitched their pony, and strode into the polling places.

  • Randy503

    Blacks and women didn’t vote for any of the early years. Neither did anyone who didn’t own property.

  • rednekokie

    I guess what he’s really saying is that Reagan was the first president not picked by God, nor the majority of Americans able to vote, as he wasn’t president until 204 years after the republic was formed.
    I always thought something was fishy about the Reagan presidency — hmmmm.
    now I know —

  • DesertSun59

    How does he continue to have a mic in front of his face? WHO PAYS THIS MAN TO SPEW UTTER NONSENSE ON A REGULAR BASIS???

  • JCF
  • Larry in Oklahoma

    “Barton said, “it’s not our choice whether we vote or not.” Yes, David, it IS OUR choice. And while we all SHOULD vote, that choice TO vote or WHO we vote for belongs to each and every registered American. It does NOT belong to David Barton nor to his perceived God. As to the absurd claim that 100% of Americans voted these past 200 years, let me clarify that. 100% of people that WENT to vote, in all likelihood, DID vote. We’ve never had a 100% turnout. Dream on, stupid man.