The short part of the long and short of Trump’s unimpressive election drama is that Donald is done on January 20, 2021 because even if he can drag out the inevitable by flat-out refusing to accept defeat up to that date, he will have not been duly elected to the next term of the presidency and his present term will expire. He has not now, nor will have then any lawful path to continue.
The Chairperson of the RNC and Trump’s press secretary, supposedly acting in her personal capacity but violating the Hatch Act nonetheless, outlined the major lawsuits relating to the election that have been filed on behalf of the President’s campaign in a press briefing today. Two in Pennsylvania and one in Michigan.
Of the two suits filed in Pennsylvania, one of them having to do with a decision made by the State’s Supreme Court to allow mail-in ballots that are postmarked by election day to be counted if they should arrive after election day and before 5 P.M. the following Friday, had been filed by the Pennsylvania GOP back in October and was already in the process of litigation. The president’s campaign joined this suit last week, and this late arriving ballot issue is waiting review by the US supreme Court.
The second Pennsylvania suit accuses the State of having a two-tier election system that treats Republicans differently than Democrats. The complaint is that the counties that are run by Republicans do not allow for ballot “curing,” a process that lets a voter correct errors on his or her ballot before it is counted, while Democratic counties do allow for ballot curing, which is apparently not prohibited by the State’s election law.
Besides the fact that even if these two suits have merit, which I don’t believe they do that would invalidate the State’s election results in any material way, I’ve heard that maximum impact for the suit involving late arriving ballots included in the count is perhaps a few thousand votes statewide. The second suit is, at its essence, an admission that Republican-run counties in the State prefer to disenfranchise people who make mistakes on their ballots by simply rejecting them with the voter none the wiser. How convenient it is to not give a crap when the mail-in ballots are more likely to contain mistakes than in-person ballots and lean more Democratic than Republican.
These two suits are nothing more than frivolous in a situation where even if winning them could invalidate the State’s 20 electoral votes, Trump still could not win the electoral college.
The Michigan suit, claiming harassment of poll watchers, some of whom were removed by police after refusing to wear masks, is a ditto – nowhere – and still does not equal winning.
It’s interesting also that not a single one of these suits allege any voter fraud, which I suppose is sort of a good thing for Donald, because he probably would not want pointed out in court the no fewer than three video clips of him on the campaign trail coaching his supporters on how they could possibly vote 2x.
There’s a rumor going around that in addition to the Defense Secretary, Donald has also, this week, fired several of the top brass in the Pentagon, replacing them with his cronies. It is not rumor that he has also fired the person who was maintaining the nuclear stockpile and some other folks from the Dept. of Energy (reported by the New York Post yesterday).
Perhaps Donald isn’t aware of 18 U.S. Code § 2383. Rebellion or insurrection:
Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
He should be aware of it, along with the rest of the people who are involved in or aid and provide comfort for nefarious acts and incitement of political violence, because when Donald’s term expires, authority of the United States is vested in him no longer – whether he accepts it or not; and I suspect that whatever contingent plans Donald is making in the face of defeat, Joe Biden and millions of Democrats everywhere will ultimately have the last laugh.
It would be easier to accept defeat now, and not take all those other people with him to where he ends up thereafter.
As a nearly life-long Republican (I became an indy eight years ago), it’s very sad to see what Donald has done to the once noble Party. It is finished after he is done with it.