How Trump Has Brought Us Closer to the Death of Democracy

“Trump’s campaign is openly floating the notion of trying to get friendly state legislatures to appoint electors who would overturn the will of the voters.”

Let that sink in for a moment. This isn’t reporting from some whacko left-wing publication This is from U.S. News – about as reliable a centrist magazine that exists. And they’re reporting Trump has now moved to trying to disenfranchise millions of voters.

And he’s started with Michigan. Trump Has invited two key MI legislators – State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield – to the White House.

According to multiple sources, his message will be to decertify the election and send a slate of pro-Trump electors to Washington.

If this “Hail Mary” play worked in just a handful of key states, we could wind up with another four years of Donald Trump.

So, what are the chances? Should we kiss Democracy good-bye?

The Good News Out of Michigan… Maybe

Majority Leader Shirkey has a reassuring message. “Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors,” Shirkey’s spokesperson said, “or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes.”

And a Nov. 6 tweet from Chatfield said: “Whoever gets the most votes will win Michigan! Period. End of story. Then we move on.”

Both politicians seem to be solidly behind the state’s voters. Then why would they agree to meet with Trump?

Perhaps because they feel they have to mollify Trump’s base in order to keep their jobs. But it appears clear they have no legal recourse to undo the results of the election.

Meanwhile Donald Trump called the two Republican members of Wayne County’s Board of Canvassers.

On Tuesday, the Board was split on certifying the results of the election. So they held a public meeting via Zoom.

For nearly three hours, the Board listened to angry Wayne County voters who objected to being disenfranchised. In the end, the two Republican members of the Board voted with the two Democrats to certify the results.

Then both Republicans received calls from Donald Trump. The following morning, they attempted to rescind their votes. But a spokesperson for the MI Secretary of State noted, “There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote.”

Bottom line: Joe Biden won by more than 150,000 votes… there’s no evidence of voter fraud… and Michigan’s electoral votes should go to Joe Biden.

And it appears they will.

But don’t get complacent.

Trump Still Has a Long Shot

According to Reuters, federal law allows a state legislature to name Electors “if voters failed to make a choice.” This would require determining there were so many “irregularities,” that a clear winner couldn’t be decided.

In reality, no state meets that standard. But Trump’s allies are apparently trying to convince Republican-led legislatures to make that determination. Which would allow them to name a full pro-Trump slate of Electors.

Reuters quotes Georgetown professor Paul Smith as saying, “There’s a lot of reasons to think that’s illegal and improper and politically infeasible. But some people are talking about it for sure.”

Considering how far the GOP has gone at this point, it doesn’t feel out of the question. This could lead to several scenarios – including “dueling slates” of Electors vying to cast their votes.

We can’t take a chance on this. Let your state and Federal legislators know: If they don’t follow the will of the people, they can expect to be swept from office in their next election. Because that’s the only language some of them understand.

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White, E., et al, “Trump Summons Michigan GOP Leaders for Extraordinary Meeting,” Associated Press, via U.S. News. Nov 19, 2020.

Hals, T., “Explainer: Can Trump override the popular vote?” Reuters. Nov 20, 2020.

Bonus Post: Five Tweets That Reveal Trump’s Character

The current administration commits so many scandals and outrages, that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. We have quite a few articles that were abandoned as a more pressing issue came up. Here’s one from earlier this year. It still applies.

 

How anchored is Donald Trump to reality? Well, based on his tweets, not very.  Here are a five spewings that reveal Trump’s character very clearly…

February 25 – Spike Lee Accepts an Oscar

Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts, etc.) than almost any other Pres!

Lee never mentioned Trump. He praised his grandmother. He remembered the enslavement of his ancestors. And he ended on a positive note:

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.”

Why does Trump assume choosing love vs. hate is an attack on him? Sounds like a guilty conscience. Maybe because he knows his “more for African Americans” claim is pure B.S.?

After all, this is the guy who said the Central Park Five should remain in prison… even after DNA evidence completely cleared them.

February 25 – The Border Wall

We have a State of Emergency at our Southern Border. Border Patrol, our Military and local Law Enforcement are doing a great job, but without the Wall, which is now under major construction, you cannot have Border Security. Drugs, Gangs and Human Trafficking must be stopped!

Trump has made several references lately to prayer rugs at the border, women tied up with their mouths covered with duct tape, and other scenes from the Hollywood movie “Sicario.”

None of these scenarios have been recorded on our southern border… but Trump uses them to push for his wall.

And then cannibalized key military projects to add to the wall. Apparently, he doesn’t know the difference between a movie and a documentary.

February 22 – New U.N. Ambassador

I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is being nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations….

….Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!

When Trump anointed Craft as ambassador to Canada, the Canadian press noted she had donated more than $265,000 to the Trump campaign in 2016. She and her husband had also donated almost $3 million to other Republican causes.

Her qualifications as a diplomat? Well… One speech to the U.N. general assembly under George W. Bush. Simply put: Money over qualifications.

February 21 – The Jussie Smollett Controversy

.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA

I’m not going to defend Jussie Smolett here… but this seems a bit hypocritical from the man who called Neo-Nazis “fine people” after the Charlottesvlle incident.

And it took him days to make any comment on the Coast Guard officer who planned to kill liberals. Even though he weighed in on the Smollett case almost immediately.

Trump has insulted tens of millions with racist tweets… but hasn’t apologized for any of them.

February 20 – NYT Is “Enemy of the People”

The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!

Once again, Trump directs his hate and anger at the press. At this point, it doesn’t even matter what the story is. Trump is stoking hate – and thus advocating violence – against the press.

The problem is the press is reporting the truth. Trump calls any news story he doesn’t like “fake news.” Then foments violence against the source.

If the New York Times is failing, as he claims… why does he have to spend so much time pointing it out? The NY Times’ subscriber base is one of the most robust in the industry.

Look, if you’re still excusing Trump, it’s time to stop. The man is out of control. And out of touch with reality. How long can you deny the evidence? It’s all on video.

Trump is a racist. He’s anti-American. And he has no respect for our Constitution.

He needs to go.

Is there room for conservatives in America? Absolutely. But only those conservatives willing to work within the bounds of our Constitution.

Our Democracy has lasted for 200 years. Let’s not let one self-absorbed billionaire destroy the greatest political experiment in human history.