Something evil this way comes…

To summarize: Six pre-election and seven post-election lawsuits by the Trump camp have all been tossed out. They are, as President-elect Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said, “noise.” Campaign counsel Bob Bauer cautioned that what is going on is “theatrics, not lawsuits.” Judges have described claims that the mail-in ballot system is rife with fraud as “fiction” or entirely based on speculation. None of the allegations about excluded poll watchers have been supported by facts. None of the social media memes about changed ballots or other shenanigans have stood up in court.

Clearly, the plot to “steal” an election exists only in Trump’s twisted mind. There is no “there” there. But what is going on is something equally sinister: Trump is receiving support from a range of Republican figures, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who says congratulations to Biden are premature; a flock of members of Congress from Georgia, who baselessly attack their state’s Republican secretary of state and inexplicably claim their own election victories valid while Biden’s is fraudulent; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who declares the transition will be to a “second Trump administration”; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who perpetuates the fiction that the outcome is in dispute. The aim is not to steal an election, but to sow doubt about the legitimacy of our democracy — just as the Russians intend. These Republicans aim to keep their base in a constant state of anger and crazed denial. Right-wing media fan the flames; right-wing social media groups pour gasoline on the fire.

And the shiny new fascist jackboots march on and on…

3 thoughts on “Something evil this way comes…

  1. Bubble, bubble... says:

    “Another law firm bails out on Trump campaign : Law firms representing Trump in his fight to challenge the election results have come under fire in recent days.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/13/law-firm-drops-trump-campaign-436418
    Meanwhile: “For just the second time in more than seven decades, a Democrat will carry Arizona in a presidential election, a monumental shift for a state that was once a Republican stronghold.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/12/politics/biden-wins-arizona/index.html
    “What Trump may be plotting: This might be a momentary tantrum; it may well be something more sinister” https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-what-trump-may-be-plotting-20201113-oxgnobw7d5bttb7twuv2r5adtq-story.html

  2. Mark says:

    I might only be an ignorant colonial, but it seems to me that Trump doesn’t have anything like the support he would need to launch a coup. All of his legal challenges are either bouncing or inconsequential. Cant see it.

    What he is doing is getting the ducks in a row to keep control of the RNC so he can snipe at Sleepy Joe from the bleachers for 4 years.

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