Trump tells PA GOP why he is placing an emphasis on Supervisor of Elections races in 22: “We have to be a lot sharper the next time when it comes to counting the vote .. Sometimes the vote counter is more important than the candidate. They have to get a lot tougher and smarter.” pic.twitter.com/WdzStuLxFH— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 15, 2022
I would not have believed the following quote were it not from a prominent historian
"I consider it completely unimportant who in the Party will vote, or how.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 13, 2022
But what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.”
Joseph Stalin, 1923
(as quoted in “Oxford Essential Quotations, 2017) pic.twitter.com/XeRjGlhsb4
"What is extraordinarily important is this- who will count the vote" is awfully close to "Sometimes the vote counter is more important than the candidate." Even "to get a lot tougher and smarter" bears a relationship to "and how."
There is a little controversy over whether Stalin actually uttered these words. But they have been attributed to him, and it's quite plausible that Trump would have learned of them.
Donald Trump reportedly kept "My New Order," a compilation of speeches of Adolph Hitler, by his bed. If the former President is a student of those of the German president, it would be unsurprising were he to become somewhat of a student of the Russian premier's speeches. It's a natural progression, regression, or lateral move.
The exact tactics Trump plans to employ are yet to be discerned. His inspiration is less of a mystery.