• Orange Man Tantrum

    From Lee Lofaso@2:203/2 to All on Mon Dec 21 12:38:26 2020

    Hello Everybody,

    Just when you thought you had heard everything.

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    At the White House on Friday, President Trump held what may have been
    his most deranged meeting yet. In it, the president raged at his
    loyalists for betraying him, and discussed taking extralegal measures
    to overturn the election.

    The meeting, first reported by the New York Times, included lawyer and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, convicted felon Michael Flynn, and
    Rudy Giuliani. One plan floated at the meeting was for Trump to appoint
    Powell as a “special counsel” overseeing allegations of voter fraud. Powell’s voter fraud claims are so fantastical she has been mocked
    even by other far-right legal conspiracy theorists. Andrew McCarthy,
    a former birther and author of one book titled How Obama Embraces
    Islam’s Sharia Agenda and another calling for his impeachment on
    multiple counts, has described Powell’s vote-fraud claims as “loopy.”

    Trump also reportedly brought up Flynn’s proposal, which he has
    expounded on cable news, to impose martial law and direct the military
    to hold a new election. “At one point in the meeting on Friday, Mr.
    Trump asked about that idea,” reports the Times.

    Political scientists have debated whether it is accurate to describe
    Trump’s efforts to overturn the election as a “coup,” an “autogolpe,” or neither. Trump’s interest in deploying the military to cancel an
    election he clearly lost certainly seems to resolve that debate, at
    least in terms of his intent.

    There is no reason to believe Trump commands the power to actually
    implement any of these wild ideas. Trump’s best chance to steal the
    election was to have the decisive voting margin in the Electoral
    College determined by the counting of mail-in ballots that were mailed
    before, but arrived after Election Day. This would have let him either
    persuade the Republican-controlled Supreme Court to invalidate those
    decisive ballots, or Republican-controlled state legislators to
    disregard their state’s voting results and appoint pro-Trump electors
    to represent their state.

    But the election was not close enough for him to pursue either
    strategy, whatever chance he had for some kind of Bush v. Gore replay
    has passed. The measures he is now contemplating lie outside the
    normal framework for resolving election disputes, and would require,
    at minimum, almost uniform levels of GOP support.

    Trump does not have that.

    Pussy grabs back!

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