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Thursday, December 03, 2020

Philip Bump: Over the length of a 46-minute video posted to social media Wednesday, President Trump read and riffed on a prepared script lambasting those who had the audacity to suggest that receiving fewer votes than his opponent meant he shouldn't serve a second consecutive term in office. What the video wasn't was a compelling argument for the idea that the 2020 presidential contest was somehow marred by fraud.

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Intensifying attacks on the integrity of the vote by President Trump and his allies are fueling deep alarm among state and local officials, who have watched with dread in recent weeks as election workers have been targeted by fast-spreading conspiracy theories.

In Arizona, authorities are investigating calls for violence against the family and staff of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D). In Vermont, state election officials received multiple voice mails Tuesday from an individual who urged violence against the staff - including execution by firing squad, according to the secretary of state's office.

"When it rises to the level of obscenities being shouted at my staff on a regular basis, or threats of physical violence, it has gone too far," Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos (D) said in a statement to The Washington Post. "The conspiracy theories and unfounded rhetoric being pushed by the President and his team only serve to inspire this dangerous behavior, and deepen the divide between the American people - THIS HAS TO STOP."

The president's allies also kept up their attacks. In Georgia, attorneys Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood held a rally attacking Sterling and other Georgia Republicans for certifying Biden's narrow victory in the state. They called for the resignation of Gov. Brian Kemp and his lieutenant, both Republicans, and for the imprisonment of Kemp for accepting the outcome of the presidential election.

Amber McReynolds, chief executive of the National Vote at Home Institute, which works to expand vote-by-mail options, called Trump's video address Wednesday "dangerous, destructive, and damaging to our democracy and our trust in elections."

McReynolds, a former director of elections in Denver, was sent an image of a noose and a message calling her "a traitor" via Twitter last week. She said it was unbelievable that election administrators have become such targets of hatred.

"These people are dedicated public servants. They are not partisan hacks," she said. "It is ridiculous that more elected officials aren't responding to this craziness."

This is what sedition looks like.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-03 06:40 AM | Reply

donald will be flown to Walter Reed again fairly soon, is my bet. He can't handle being a lewzer.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-03 07:06 AM | Reply

"The president's allies also kept up their attacks. In Georgia, attorneys Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood held a rally attacking Sterling and other Georgia Republicans for certifying Biden's narrow victory in the state. They called for the resignation of Gov. Brian Kemp and his lieutenant, both Republicans, and for the imprisonment of Kemp for accepting the outcome of the presidential election."

This is what happens when the total loyalty Trump demands of his supporters is not delivered:

Trump backers, including Flynn, edge toward a call to 'suspend' Constitution to head off Biden taking office

The day after a group run by a local Ohio tea party leader took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times calling on Trump to declare martial law and have the military oversee a redo of the presidential election using only paper ballots-- a call echoed in a tweet by Gen. Michael Flynn--a raucous "Stop the Steal" rally in suburban Atlanta urged Trump supporters to descend on the statehouse on Thursday and demand the resignations of Georgia's governor and secretary of state. In a press release announcing the ad published Tuesday by We the People Convention, the group's president, Tom Zawistowski, said, "We wanted to express our concerns to the President, to the legislators, courts and Congress that We the People will NOT cede our exclusive Constitutional right to elect our Representatives to judges, lawyers, courts, Governors, Secretary's of State, Congress, corrupt election officials and local politicians, the corrupt media--or Leftist threats of violence!"

"I will see you tomorrow at the state Capitol," attorney and Trump ally L. Lin Wood told the crowd who had gathered to hear him and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell speak in Alpharetta, Ga., on Wednesday. "Stay mad as hell! We're not going to take it anymore!"

Though billed as a press conference, the event had the energy of a Trump rally, with tightly packed throngs of the president's supporters--sporting significantly more MAGA hats than masks--waving flags and breaking into chants of "USA!" and "Lock him up!"

That slogan was directed at Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, who was endorsed by Trump in 2018 and has been a strong supporter of the president, but has refused to intervene in the tabulating of results from his state's election. The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, also a target of derision by Wood and Powell, has maintained that the state's election was honest and fair.


www.yahoo.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-12-03 07:30 AM | Reply

Although Trump is selfishly claiming a rigged election and letting calls for violence on his behalf go unchecked, the fact remains that he is continuing to do Putin's dirty work:

The Russian government is engaged in political warfare against the West. Its intent is to undermine trust in democratic institutions, values, and principles, which the Kremlin sees as a threat to its own authoritarian model. . . . Through various proxies, the Russian government carried out a multi-pronged attack against the United States that aimed to amplify pre-existing divisions in American society, sow distrust in the democratic process, and incite conflict.

www.brookings.edu

Putin must be well pleased and grateful to Donnie. Mission accomplished!

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-12-03 07:39 AM | Reply

@#4 ... The Russian government is engaged in political warfare against the West. Its intent is to undermine trust in democratic institutions, values, and principles, which the Kremlin sees as a threat to its own authoritarian model. . . . ...

Yup.

Pres Putin's goal is not to have Pres Trump stay in power, though that would be a helpful means toward his goal.

Pres Putin's goal is a weak United States. Pres Putin wants to weaken the United States by dividing it against itself (that ole "house divided" thing). To that end, Pres Trump is succeeding quite well (aware or unaware of his role) in helping Pres Putin weaken the United States.

Indeed, my only question here is whether Pres Putin is just using Pres Trump as a useful idiot, or whether Pres Trump is actively working with Pres Putin.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-12-03 12:17 PM | Reply

"the imprisonment of Kemp for accepting the (inconvenient) outcome of the presidential election"

Trumpism. Simple Trumpism. I'd say we dodged a bullet but we're only here by dint of hard work and the skin of our teeth. Trumpists are willing to hurt us all for the crime of not proclaiming the God-Emperor, Trump.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-12-03 12:22 PM | Reply

"Indeed, my only question here is whether Pres Putin is just using Pres Trump as a useful idiot, or whether Pres Trump is actively working with Pres Putin."

Good question. Because I think Trump would like to be America's Putin, I'm leading toward working with him, but either way, the damage to our democracy is being done.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-12-03 12:23 PM | Reply

It blows me away that Trump has successfully solicited more $150 million in donations from his supporters since LOSING the election. What kind of suckers those people must be. Absolute, complete suckers. Wow! It really makes me wonder whether a democracy with absolute free speech can indefinitely survive. Stupid people can be manipulated and brain-washed into believing anything.

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-12-03 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

What kind of suckers those people must be

8 | Posted by moder8

If MAVERICK comes back we could ask him.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-12-03 12:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Fat Nixon wants everyone to buh-lieve that the democrats committed voter fraud be let McConnell, Graham and Collins keep their seats.

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-12-03 01:01 PM | Reply

The Russian government is engaged in political warfare against the West.

Putin is the beneficiary of it, but they are not the one's that worked for the last four decades to get us here.

Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Alex Jones, Tucker, Janine, etc all have had their hands in the dumbing down of 'Murica to the point where Fat Nixon became a preferable candidate to 70,000,000 rubes.

I knew there were extremely dumb people in America, but I had no idea that there were this many.

#11 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-12-03 01:07 PM | Reply

At this point I fear for this country over the next seven weeks. We are lead by a petulant, criminal man given to his worst impulses in a room full of levers of power, and no one to stop him but those in the military, and only then in matters of war overseas or directives of military action at home. Trump and his most craven lieutenants are doing their level best to interfere with the Biden administration and the day to day operation of a country of 330 million persons.

Come Inauguration Day, which will be a sadder sight--Trump sitting still-ish for a Biden acceptance speech, or Trump in the parking lot of the Publix just west of Mar A Lago, giving a speech to 200 Florida Crackers, declaring his candidacy for the presidency in 2024? In either case there will come a pathetic, screaming demand for adoration and fealty...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2020-12-03 01:32 PM | Reply

If this country arrives at Inauguration Day without Trump having fomented violence in the streets, he will immediately declare himself and his minions to be the legitimate shadow government of the United States and he will politicize every single thing that Biden tries to do, riling a frenzied opposition already believing that Biden's presidency is illegitimate.

And yet again, we'll find ourselves on the precipice of doom based on what elected Republicans decide to do - follow the dictates of their oaths to this nation's constitution or stay obedient in their assent or silence while Trump actively tears down every last thread of comity for the sake of his narcissism and feeding his energized cult with more fantastical delusions based on nothing at all.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-03 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#12 ... the next seven weeks ...

I fear we have seen just the beginning of Pres Trump's meltdown about his loss of the election.

From now until Jan 20 is going to seem like an eternity. And that is assuming that Pres Trump's tantrum ends on Jan 20....

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-12-03 01:48 PM | Reply

We the People will NOT cede our exclusive Constitutional right to elect our Representatives to judges, lawyers, courts, Governors, Secretary's of State, Congress, corrupt election officials and local politicians, the corrupt media--or Leftist threats of violence!"

So they're basically saying that everything Trump is doing is wrong, and we should let the vote stand as is.
The un-self-awareness of these folks is championship quality, that's for sure.

#15 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-12-03 01:57 PM | Reply

I fear we have seen just the beginning of Pres Trump's meltdown about his loss of the election.

I hope he comes so unhinged they have to medicate him and put Pence in charge for the last bit.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-12-03 02:03 PM | Reply

They won't wear masks, but have no trouble with Martial Law.

#17 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-12-03 03:00 PM | Reply

As I mentioned weeks ago, if Trump and his minions get their way, every single election in every single state that they're saying is fraudulent would also disqualify other candidates' victories on the ballots in those locations as well, throwing hundreds if not thousands of already settled election results into dispute all for the sake of Trump's pathology.

Hundreds of Republicans won their races while Trump lost in their states - which immediately becomes circumstantial evidence that no systemic voter fraud occurred that only targeted Republicans in those locations - as Trump continues to insist happened without a thread of evidence proving it so.

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-12-03 03:17 PM | Reply

#17 - what a succinct statement of the ridiculousness, hypocritical behavior, denialism, inconsistency of those on the right!

#19 | Posted by YAV at 2020-12-03 05:43 PM | Reply

"In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing 'Amazing Grace' in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless.

"And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.

"The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. We never have had such a cheap counterfeit of a president* as currently occupies the office. We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon up the requisite contempt.

"Watch how a republic dies in the empty eyes of an empty man who feels nothing but his own imaginary greatness, and who cannot find in himself the decency simply to shut up even when it is in his best interest to do so. Presidents don't have to be heroes to be good presidents. They just have to realize that their humanity is our common humanity, and that their political commonwealth is our political commonwealth, too.
Watch him behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now."

- Charles Pierce

#20 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-03 05:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And that is assuming that Pres Trump's tantrum ends on Jan 20....

#14 | Posted by LampLighter

He's going to die of corpulence. Seriously. Trumpites will say he was murdered. And they'll be right: by cheeseburgers. MacDonald's employees will be at extreme risk.

#21 | Posted by Zed at 2020-12-03 05:56 PM | Reply

My God, He's Completely Insane

With "the most important speech he's ever made," the president announced he will bring the temple down on his own head.

By Charles P. Pierce

www.esquire.com

#22 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-03 05:58 PM | Reply

"And, perhaps, the greatest Sir Story of them all."

The speaker of the house of a certain state said, "Sir, I expected to lose my seat. And instead, because of you, because of that incredible charge, and because of all those rallies, we had a tremendous victory. And everybody knows it. You were much more popular than me, sir, except I got many more votes than you did. And it's impossible for that to happen." There is something wrong. And I will tell you what's wrong...voter fraud.

The speaker of the house of a certain state? He can't name the person or the state?

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-03 06:36 PM | Reply

^ He is the King of Lies; a type of Anti-Christ.

#24 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-12-03 09:23 PM | Reply

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF DEMOCRATS CAUGHT STEALING ELECTION JUST DROPPED!

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explain this Lucy!

#25 | Posted by president_erect at 2020-12-04 01:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

You dumbfock sock puppet. Using OAN video as a source?
Nice try FakeLawyer!

#26 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-12-04 03:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

PRESIDENT_REJECT must be the latest Boaz-0 no no nitwit.

wee wee weeeeee all the way home sore loser.

#27 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-12-04 04:41 AM | Reply

There may come a time when President Biden has to declare Martial Law and suspend habeas corpus and Posse Comitatus to put down the Trump insurrection.

I seriously doubt it's going to get that far but wouldn't that be a sight to see? ~ Trump getting a taste of his own medicine.

I'm suggesting it's Trump who should be worried about Biden ~ and not the other way around.

#28 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-12-04 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You lost, DT. Bugger off.

#29 | Posted by Jaspar at 2020-12-04 03:34 PM | Reply

Denise Shearin
@DeniseShearin

Replying to @Yamiche

Chris Krebs: No evidence of fraud
Barr: No evidence of fraud
All 50 Secretaries of State: No evidence of fraud
International Observers: No evidence of fraud
Courts: Trump lawsuits lack merit, no evidence of fraud

Trump campaign: Why is no one investigating the fraud?

#30 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-12-04 04:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You're a Bum, Donnie!

#31 | Posted by Jaspar at 2020-12-04 11:03 PM | Reply

Crying, Whining and complaining that it's not fair!

Like a Loser do.

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 11:26 AM | Reply

He is the King of Lies; a type of Anti-Christ.

#24 | POSTED BY E1G1

More like a demon. One of Satan's minions. Trumpy didn't get the promotion to full anti Christ.

Because Satan found out he's a LOSER!

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 11:28 AM | Reply

"It blows me away that Trump has successfully solicited more $150 million in donations from his supporters since LOSING the election."

Wait until you find out it's now over $200 million.

Trumpy finally figured out how to monetize his presidency legally.

Took him long enough.

#34 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-12-05 12:10 PM | Reply

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