If you give any credence to Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud (or, indeed, ANY claims the man makes) let’s put them in the context of his track record in telling the truth. I’m linking here to The Washington Post’s compiled list of 26,548 false or misleading claims since he took office.
The list was last updated on October 22, so there are more that two full months of steady accusations that have not been subjected to verification. (Trump’s Twitter feed currently reads like that of a rabid, reality-impaired Don Quixote.)
Fake news, you say? Bias? Take a look at the list. It’s easy to understand, it’s meticulously detailed and it has links to back itself up. It … looks pretty real to me.
This is the great truth teller in whom you have placed your trust — the man you’ve chosen to believe instead of The Supreme Court, all the lower courts, election officials, election workers, new reporters and even his own Attorney General.
It makes you think, doesn’t it?
Soooooo, GSA Administrator Emily W. Murphy has (finally) ascertained officially that Joseph Biden is the next President of the United States. And that represents the end of what is (hopefully) the last conceivably effective option at the current president’s disposal to override democracy and simply … install himself as an unelected second-term president.
No supporters of Donald J. Trump would view him that way, of course. They would quickly and cheerfully embrace whatever alternate reality that their president paints for them using his limited command of the English language. If he told them that Lizard People from Venus hacked into the voting machines via telekinesis, they’d follow right along.
So we in America have gotten a reprieve from madcap authoritarianism — at least until Trump runs again in 2024, or one of his children does. The latter is the worse option, I think — each of the Trump kids are just as shameless as their father, and each is profoundly less stupid. (Look at their Twitter feeds. They can speak English.) They might have better chances of reaching the White House and remaining there. (It’s been said by wiser men than me that Donald Trump could actually succeed in becoming a dictator if only he weren’t such a goddamned imbecile.)
Or what about some other opportunist who successfully targets Trump’s surprisingly broad demographic? This country has no shortage of foul-mouthed, egotistical, tough-talking white guys who lash out on the Internet and falsely claim to have all the answers. (Look at me, for example.) If we could export these assholes, they’d make up more than half of our gross national product.
We don’t need Donald Trump to end the American Experiment. We just need someone like him. All we need is another charismatic demagogue who can attract financial support, and who can lead bullshit, televangelist-style pep rallies and who (more importantly) can manipulate social media to spread disinformation.
American exceptionialism is a myth — at least as far as authoritarianism is concerned. The people of this country are no less susceptible to its appeal than people where authoritarians have seized power in the past — places like Germany, Italy, Russia, China and elsewhere.
And they don’t need Trump to trump democracy. The fight goes on, as all good fights do.
Because Trump’s defeat today still only gives us what Franklin told us we had when (apocrophally, at least ), he exited the Constitutional Convention in 1787 — “a Republic, if you can keep it.”
Schrodinger’s Lame Duck — refusing to concede the election while simultaneously vowing to run against the victor in another four years.
Trump supporter friend: “Now is the time for Christians to share the good news of the Gospel and get as many to accept Jesus Christ as we are able…..He’s coming back very, very soon!”
Me: “Don’t wait up. He’s at my house celebrating the election results.”
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
Americans voting a lot!
The president’s lying, corruption and treason
has not been forgot!
The Donald, The Donald, ’twas his intent
to topple elected government.
He rallied a mob of gun-toting hayseeds
to bolster his own autocracy.
But good people braved the long voting lines
and remembered to mail their ballots on time.
Most of the voters were not confused
by InfoWars, O.A.N. or Fox News.
Joe Biden’s poll numbers are closing in!
Holler boys, holler girls, let the bells ring!
— Eric Robert Nolan 🙂
As of this writing (2:46 AM), Biden is reportedly still ahead in both the electoral and popular vote.
Yet I’m reading that Trump declared victory and says he is going to go to the Supreme Court to have voting stopped.
“This is a major fraud on our nation … so we’ll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop.”
He seems to be making no effort to hide the fact that he simply wishes that certain votes not be counted. As far as I can tell so far, he’s not even offering a rationale …
Stopping voting by fiat? Even if he wins legitimately (which is quite possible), this is still the action of a despot.
If I am reading this wrong, please feel free to correct me.
Update: most of you all are already aware that conventional wisdom says that mail-in ballots will favor Biden.
Update 2: This is is insane.
From CNN: “It is a distressing moment for me as a long time Republican to see a call to disenfranchise so many people,” said [Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg.] “…What the President said tonight is not only unprecedented and it not only lacks any basis in the law, it really is a disservice to all the other men and women who are on the ballot as Republicans today.”
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether he’d every seen anything like this from a President, he replied, “No. Not even close.”
I’m sharing these again just for fun before Tuesday. People really seem to like them.
Donald Trump Limerick #1
If Don was unloved by his Mama,
it would explain a lot of the drama —
his low self-esteem,
and his feverish dream
of being more loved than Obama.
Donald Trump Limerick #2
There once was a doltish aggressor
who lied at his pandemic presser.
He figured he’d use
his tried-and-true ruse
of blaming his black predecessor.
Donald Trump Limerick #3
There once was a man who was slow
who got caught in a quid pro quo.
He was following orders
from outside our borders
from a KGB agent and foe.
Donald Trump Limerick #4
There once was a dumb demagogue
whose thoughts were always a fog.
He was ever perplexed
by dementia’s effects
and came off like a sputtering hog.
Donald Trump Limerick #5
There once was a man from Manhattan
whose pockets he wanted to fatten.
He couldn’t predict
that the law was so strict
and Pelosi’s as tough as George Patton.
Donald Trump Limerick #6
And now the disordered goon
is hell-bent on mining the moon.
The strange new digression
leaves us the impression
that he’s a distractible loon.
(c) 2019 Eric Robert Nolan