Category: US 2020 Election

Republican Senator says Trump must ‘put country first’ and concede to Biden

Senator Lamar Alexander says Donald Trump should concede and congratulate Joe Biden.

Alexander also argued that “the president’s conduct, his behaviour, plus the difficulty of governing the country during a pandemic, are the two reasons that he will have lost on Monday if the electors vote for Biden.” While some high-profile Republicans like Alexander have criticised the president’s behaviour since losing the election, many have stood by the president, including more than 60 per cent of House Republicans who supported Trump’s most recent failed effort at the Supreme Court.

Republican Senator says Trump must ‘put country first’ and concede to Biden

McConnell Is Doing a Really Good Job of Completely Wrecking the Economy for Biden Presidency | The Smirking Chimp

If this is Democracy then there is no future for it

That’s the death spiral McConnell seems to be egging on. A destroyed economy will hurt Joe Biden’s presidency. It might help Republican prospects in 2022 and 2024. That’s all that matters to the Grim Reaper.

McConnell Is Doing a Really Good Job of Completely Wrecking the Economy for Biden Presidency | The Smirking Chimp

Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Authoritarian Bid To Hijack The Presidency | HuffPost Australia

“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,” Pennsylvania’s brief stated.

Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Authoritarian Bid To Hijack The Presidency | HuffPost Australia

Take Trump’s coup seriously. It’s no joke — and Biden’s win was just a sugar high | Salon.com

main article image

Is Donald Trump still attempting a coup with the intention of remaining in power indefinitely? Yes. “I quit” is a phrase that does not appear in the authoritarian’s handbook. Trump has announced his coup in public, which is a major reason why most people are not taking it seriously.

Take Trump’s coup seriously. It’s no joke — and Biden’s win was just a sugar high | Salon.com

Why Were MI Legislators Drinking $800 Champagne At Trump’s Hotel? | Crooks and Liars

Why Were MI Legislators Drinking $800 Champagne At Trump's Hotel?

What the heck were Michigan’s top Republican legislators celebrating at Trump’s D.C. hotel last night, after claiming they would not interfere with the state’s election certification? And who paid for the $800 champagne they drank?

Why Were MI Legislators Drinking $800 Champagne At Trump’s Hotel? | Crooks and Liars

How Vote By Mail Saved Democracy and Defeated Trump | Washington Monthly

Screenshot_2020-11-14 How Vote By Mail Saved Democracy and Defeated Trump Washington Monthly

His fear became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republican voters, who once used mail-in balloting disproportionately, abandoned the practice. Democratic voters, meanwhile, embraced it. This led Republicans to engage in various sabotage efforts, which my colleague Eric Cortellessa has been tirelessly uncovering for months. These include banning swing states from processing mail-in ballots prior to election day (in order to engineer the very counting delays Trump has warned are a sign of fraud) and, in Pennsylvania, outright refusals by some GOP elections officials to count mail-in ballots that are postmarked by November 3 but arrive after that date despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that they do so. How this developing constitutional crisis will play out is anyone’s guess. It was certainly beyond my wildest imagination that vote by mail would be at the center of such a crisis when we first started to promote the policy eight years ago. But rest assured, my colleagues and I will be covering events as they unfold as carefully and relentlessly as we can.

How Vote By Mail Saved Democracy and Defeated Trump | Washington Monthly

2020 US elections: Officials dismiss Donald Trump’s fraud claims, say polls most secure in history

‘Most secure election in American history’: US officials dismiss Donald Trump’s fraud claims

Federal officials in the United States on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 elections, and said that the polls were the “most secure in American history”.

2020 US elections: Officials dismiss Donald Trump’s fraud claims, say polls most secure in history

Election 2020: Could the electoral college keep Trump in the White House?

The president is not elected by the people; that power is held by the electoral college. And if its electors decide to go rogue, there’s not much anyone can do.

Election 2020: Could the electoral college keep Trump in the White House?

US election: People voted Republican — just not for Trump, GOP official says | The Independent

The Republican attorney general for Arizona has defended the election process in the state against criticism from the president, saying that people voted for “Republicans down-ballot, but they didn’t vote for President Trump”.

US election: People voted Republican — just not for Trump, GOP official says | The Independent

US election results 2020: patchwork election system could learn from Australia

US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden at Veterans Day ceremonies on Wednesday.

Donald Trump, refusing to accept the result as he mounts a series of legal challenges in a bid to retain power. And somewhere in between is a hot mess over election integrity: from conspiracy theories about dead people casting votes en masse, to claims and counterclaims of officials rigging ballots to manipulate the outcome.

US election results 2020: patchwork election system could learn from Australia

Pompeo: “There Will Be a Smooth Transition to a Second Trump Administration” – Mother Jones

Bunkered in the White House Trump is counting heads of departments loyal to him sacking those that might not be SCOTUS, DOJ, DEFENCE. If it looks as if he’s preparing for a coup and his Secretary of State is joking about it why shouldn’t we believe on is taking place in the USA in 2020?

Joe Biden won the presidential election decisively, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems intent on denying that reality. When asked Tuesday at a press conference about engaging with the Biden transition team, Pompeo assured reporters that “there will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

Pompeo: “There Will Be a Smooth Transition to a Second Trump Administration” – Mother Jones

Even if Biden has a likely win, leading a deeply divided nation will be difficult

Trump has already sent out a fundraising appeal for money to “FIGHT BACK”, and has signalled he will pursue appeals all the way to the Supreme Court.

Even if Biden has a likely win, leading a deeply divided nation will be difficult

Pennsylvania Republicans Are Already Refusing to Count Absentee Ballots

Voting ballot: Absentee voting by mail with ballot envelope

The Stealing of America

Republicans in Pennsylvania, which could ultimately decide the presidential contest, seem to have gotten the message. As of Monday, several GOP elections officials in the Keystone State said they would not count absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day, even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Pennsylvania should count all ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by Friday. Ray D’Agostino, the GOP commissioner of Lancaster County, posted on Facebook that the county would set aside all of the ballots received after Tuesday—and explicitly said he would wait until a new ruling from the Supreme Court before tallying them. “Between Wednesday and Friday this week, mail ballots that came in Monday and Tuesday will be processed, and ballots received Wednesday through Friday with postmarks by 8 pm on Election Day (or no postmark) will be set aside until a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court or some other direction,” he wrote.

Pennsylvania Republicans Are Already Refusing to Count Absentee Ballots

As US election day nears, the outcome won’t be simply a matter of political will

This year has seen more than 8 million more gun purchases than 2019, and scholars warn of increasing militia activity. Trump has publicly praised supporters who commit violence, including the Kenosha shooter. International allies are also concerned. After Trump used armed guards to teargas peaceful protestors in Washington DC (which Australia watched live as its reporters were bashed on air), the Scottish Parliament voted to suspend exports of riot shields, tear gas and rubber bullets to the United States. Australia recently updated its “do not travel” advisory to the US, citing civil unrest around the election. Regardless of the outcome of the election, some of the trends may continue beyond Inauguration Day on January 21, 2021, affecting not just the US but its relationships with allies and adversaries alike. Australia would do well to watch carefully and wait for the final results.

As US election day nears, the outcome won’t be simply a matter of political will

US election 2020: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in final polls

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Iowa.

If the state polls were underestimating Trump’s support by the same amount as 2016, Biden would still be far enough ahead to win the required 270 Electoral College votes on November 3. The President would require a bigger polling miss than four years ago in order to win a second term.

US election 2020: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in final polls

Fact check US: Is the US economy recovering, as Donald Trump claims?

Attendees at an event for Donald Trump on August 17, 2020.

The upward trend started with Obama/Biden and lasted 7 years Trump piggy backed on 4. (ODT)

The economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to the longest economic expansion in US history – 128 months of growth, eight more than the previous record, between the Cold War and 9/11. If the recovery is slow and uneven – and data indicate that that may well be the case – it could profoundly damage the president’s chances of reelection.

Fact check US: Is the US economy recovering, as Donald Trump claims?

Joe Biden’s election hopes hinge on this key swing state

Pennsylvania where the American Dream was first laid down & now is on the verge of collapse

Pennsylvania, however, remains tighter – somewhere between 5 and 7 points for Biden. And “tighter” is not just about the poll numbers. It’s about what’s at stake: Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes, is seen as a virtual must-win state for both candidates, the state most likely to decide who wins the Electoral College and, therefore, the election. It’s so important that Trump, who won the state by 45,000 votes, planned on making four stops there on Saturday. Biden, meanwhile, planned a major speech for Sunday in Philadelphia—the city where 55 prominent men gathered in the summer of 1787 to argue, drink and bargain over what became the U.S. Constitution. Be certain Biden will make a connection between those days and what’s at stake now.

Joe Biden’s election hopes hinge on this key swing state

Joe Biden is tipped to win the US presidential election, but polling is never as simple as it seems – ABC News

A composite image of Donald Trump and Joe Biden Polls highly favour Joe Biden to win the US presidential election.

These polls are not just abstract information. By telling prospective voters who is the most likely to win, can they influence the result of the election by playing a role in the voters’ decision? The evidence says yes, and it most likely favours Biden.

In theory, you could imagine two possible effects of polls. First, a momentum effect. Second, an underdog effect.

Source: Joe Biden is tipped to win the US presidential election, but polling is never as simple as it seems – ABC News

Trusted Demonologies: US Electoral Interference, the Proud Boys and Iran – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Iran, Russia and electoral interference. It is all part of the delicious mess that any observer of US politics has come to expect. Were the US body politic capable of being examined on the clinician’s couch, historical fears, psychic disturbances, and a range of unsettling syndromes would be identified. The issue of electoral interference would certainly be at the fore; it would also be fitting that a state so indifferent to the electoral sovereignty of others would now find itself constantly fearing large return servings.

Trusted Demonologies: US Electoral Interference, the Proud Boys and Iran – » The Australian Independent Media Network