Today, the electoral college cast their votes to secure the Biden/Harris victory in the 2020 United States Presidential Election.
Most of the time, this process is largely ceremonial. The citizens, as well as the presidential candidates, have already accepted the outcome of the election. True, some citizens and candidates are unhappy with the outcome, but it is accepted, nonetheless.
However, nothing about this dumpster fire of a year makes the 2020 Presidential Election a “most of the time” occasion. This year, as electors go to their respective courthouses to cast their vote, they’re worried about protesters and violence. The Arizona electors met in a secret location in order to keep their people safe. There is also pressure on electors to cast faithless votes. (The faithless elector thing happens. It happened in 2016, and it’s happened before that, too. It hasn’t ever changed the outcome of an election.)
Still, there is an undercurrent of dread as electors cast their votes, and that’s mainly because as Johnathan Easley over at The Hill (2020) put it, “The president’s rhetoric has reached new extremes, and millions of his supporters believe the election was stolen from him.”
In other words, President Donald J Trump is a traitor to this nation, and so is everyone else who has attempted to delegitimize the fair and safe election that was held on November 3, 2020.
Although there has been a myriad of lawsuits filed on behalf of the Trump campaign (more than 50, at least), the “big one” that many had pinned their hopes upon was the lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the SCOTUS. His suit sought to contest election results in the states of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan by challenging election procedures. Paxton was able to bypass lower courts where lawyers like Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani were forced to file, because states have the ability to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
You can read the full suit HERE.
Not only is this an unusual move for any state, to file a lawsuit like this against other states, it is the first time that one state has attempted to control the outcome of the presidential election by suing other states over the results. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which was a swift decision with no dissenting statements, although it was noted that at least one judge believed the case should be heard.
Below, I’ll post a screenshot of the quick response, but you can also see it for yourself HERE.
It would have set a dangerous precedent, in my opinion, had the SCOTUS chosen to even hear the case. It is also interesting to note that Ken Paxton has been indicted on several felony charges for securities fraud, and he faces lawsuits for firing 5 of the 8 whistleblowers in the case.
Maybe the Texas AG should stay in his own lane. Seems to me like he’s got a full plate as it is.
Regardless of the SCOTUS ruling, 17 attorneys general, led by Attorney General Eric Schmitt in my home state of Missouri, signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas suit. You can read that brief HERE. Below are the other attorneys general who signed on.
Similarly, 126 House Republicans signed on in support of the suit. You can find the full information HERE, but I’m going to post screenshots of the names of every single House Republican who supported this brief, because I think it is really important to see, along with the attorneys general, who among our elected officials are willing to commit treason and forgo the democratic process because their candidate lost.
Special shoutout to Missouri reps Sam Graves in the 6th district, Vicky Hartzler in the 4th district, Billy Long in the 7th district, Jason Smith in the 8th district, Blaine Luetkemeyer in the 3rd district, and Ann Wagner in the 2nd district.
Fuck, and I cannot stress this enough, you.
This has nothing to do with a disagreement of politics. It has nothing to do with the fact that I am a liberal and these representatives and attorneys general are conservative.
It’s about the sheer nerve of these people. It’s about watching day after day, week after week of lawsuits being struck down in every possible way, in every possible state because there is not a single shred of evidence to support widespread voting fraud in the 2020 election.
And despite knowing this, despite having an intimate understanding of the way our election process works because they are elected officials who represent the people of their collective states, they CONTINUE to promote the false and dangerous narrative that President-Elect Joe Biden’s win is some way disingenuous. They CONTINUE to kneel at the Throne of Trump and kiss the ring, because they’re a bunch of yellow-bellied-sap-sucking cowards.
They are terrified of angering the president, who has a history of bullying and steamrolling anyone who does not play his reprehensible game of sedition footsie.
They are terrified of losing their power in their states and their place in politics.
So terrified are they, to lose their power and position, that they are willing to sell the soul of democracy to keep them.
I really think Keith Olbermann put it best in his December 13th video “Olbermann vs Trump #37”: “We have not called Trump’s latest gathering at the White House what it is. It was not the conference of Trump and some state attorneys general. It was not a lunch. It was the assembling of a cabal, of a revolution, of a conspiracy—a coup. It was a meeting of Trump and his conspirators who are bent on illegally, unconstitutionally, and traitorously overturning the outcome of a fair and uncontested presidential election…this is a coup. This is seditious abuse. If it works, God help us. If it doesn’t work, God help us. Because what is left in the wake of failure, is a huge, stupid mass of America fed these fantasies of a stolen election by corrupt, Republican fascists who don’t give a damn about democracy, and who are telling them that what is in fact seditious abuse is instead patriotism of some kind…call these people what they are—traitors to democracy, and call what they are doing what it is—seditious abuse.”
You can view Olbermann’s video HERE.
Olbermann’s use of the term “seditious abuse” was in reference to Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 43-page brief in response to the Texas lawsuit. In part, the brief states, “Texas’s effort to get this court to pick the next president has no basis in law or fact. The court should not abide this seditious abuse of the judicial process and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.”
You can read Shapiro’s response in entirety HERE.
Today at 5:28 p.m. Eastern, The Washington Post reported that California had awarded all 55 of their electoral votes for Biden, officially securing his win through the Electoral College. By the end of the night, President-Elect Joe Biden will have 306 electoral votes to Lame Duck President Donald Trump’s 232.
The Republican circle jerk may continue well into the new year, because Biden’s win today doesn’t mean that Republicans on the hill won’t attempt to challenge those votes on January the 6th during the certification process. Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama has said that he will use an obscure law from 1880 that allows members of Congress to challenge the state’s results (Wagner, et. al, 2020). Brooks would need at least one other senator to join in with him, though, and so far, nobody has been caught with their hand up, but that doesn’t mean nobody will oblige. Business Insider reported on December the 5th that only 25 Congressional Republicans have acknowledged the Biden/Harris victory.
I swear to Christmas and baby Jesus, it’s like Trump has the Republican Party in a stranglehold, and they’re all just fucking here for it.
“Choke me, Daddy! Choke me hard!”
Donald Trump will never concede.
It is unlikely that he will attend the inauguration on January 20th, and he will spend the rest of his life declaring himself the rightful victor of the 2020 Presidential Election, forever resentful that no traitor in his midst was successful in handing him a fascist fiddle to play while they all watched Washington burn to the ground.
Tiny Blue Dot
Dorman, J. L. (2020, December 05). Only 25 Congressional Republicans recognize Biden’s presidential win, new survey says. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.businessinsider.com/congressional-republicans-biden-presidential-victory-trump-influence-2020-12
Platoff, E. (2020, December 09). Trump, Republicans pin hopes on Texas lawsuit to overturn election results, but legal experts say it’s a long shot. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.texastribune.org/2020/12/09/texas-lawsuit-election-trump/
Solender, A. (2020, December 11). 126 House Republicans Now Support Lawsuit To Overturn Election In Updated Brief. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/12/11/126-house-republicans-now-support-lawsuit-to-overturn-election-in-updated-brief/?sh=2919daaae5db
Wagner, J., Sonmez, F., Firozi, P., Brown, E., Helderman, R., & Ye Hee Lee, M. (2020, December 14). Electors in 6 key states cast ballots for Biden. Retrieved December 14, 2020, from https://www.washingtonpost.com
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