Misinform/obstruct or Concede

Since Trump lost the 2020 election, he will have earned the reputation of a president who puts himself and partisan politics above what is good for the country. This is the way he began his term and it will end even worse.

“Have lawyers, will sue” is what our president does instead of concede. It’s consistent with his BS on fraudulent ballots. Of course, it is getting tiresome. “The president avoided speaking to reporters but kept up his tweeting, claiming “a mountain of corruption & dishonesty” in the US election, despite lacking evidence.” Reporting from Al-Jazeera.

Court cases are being dismissed quickly, score now is 16 dismissals to zero wins. Almost zero. The Trump observers were allowed to stand six feet away from the election workers in Philadelphia. Of course, what they want is to stop the counting. The counts in Pennsylvania add to Biden’s lead. There is at least one court case that was dismissed within hours of being heard.

It is the opposite of what happened in Al Gore’s case in year 2000. He wanted the counting (or really the recounting) to continue in select counties in Florida despite legal deadlines. The Supreme Court decision is complicated, but its effect was to end the recount. The difference in votes in Gore’s case was 537 out of 6 million votes cast.

At this point, Trump must win Pennsylvania to make the case he could win the election. In PA, Biden is ahead by 56,000 votes. Biden’s lead is well over 0.5%, so there will be no recount. I am hoping we get the projected results from Arizona and Nevada by next week. That will establish Biden wins even without PA.

Trump is doing what Russian agents and trolls have been trying to do for years, to sow mistrust among our citizens of our democratic system and institutions. This is exactly what the Director of National Intelligence warned about. They have seen Russia active in other countries as well.

“In September, U.S. intelligence officials warned that because of the pandemic, it might take a few days for the results of the presidential election to emerge—and that foreign adversaries might exploit the delay to spread false information intended to undermine confidence in the vote.”

Please see link below from NBC News:

The Russians have no need to spread misinformation. Trump and his allies are doing it for them
“Nothing that Russia or Iran or China could say is anywhere near as wild as what the president is saying,” said a former FBI agent who tracks foreign disinformation.

It is time for Trump to concede. I wish the Republicans can convince him that the time has come.

Stay tuned,

Dave

“Have gun, will travel”

Links:

Bob Dole was funny, John McCain was sincere: Here’s how presidential candidates have conceded over the years

California Congressman Ted Lieu calls Trump election lawsuits ‘meaningless’

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