2020 US Presidential Race


#605

The domestic arms bonfire in the USA has been building up for decades, but who’s the enemy?

The logic of the great imperial powers before the great war was that being well armed was an insurance against war between them. But it was also big business with British warships being plated with German steel.

Even little Andora bought in on that thinking with a centrally located cannon that could defend every edge of its territory.

The only vision Trump ever offered was self indulgent narcissism, but what of that? He was off playing golf today and the minute its starts costing him personally he’ll move his Trump circus on.

Maybe he’ll start his own country somewhere, but guaranteed he’ll be staying one step ahead of his creditors all the way.


#606

November 07, 2020

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor. In Pennsylvania, for example, our legal observers were not permitted meaningful access to watch the counting process. Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated. The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots. This is the only way to ensure the public has full confidence in our election. It remains shocking that the Biden campaign refuses to agree with this basic principle and wants ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters. Only a party engaged in wrongdoing would unlawfully keep observers out of the count room – and then fight in court to block their access.

“So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”

  • President Donald J. Trump

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/media/statement-from-president-donald-j.-trump/


#607

Thats all great but wasnt Trump supposed to start World War 3? How do you square what appears to be the general perception of Trump the looney antagonist with the reality of US foreign policy over the past 4 years, as an example? Do the odds of a new expansionist, democracy-defending war in an oil rich nation increase or decrease if Biden assumes the Presidential mantle?

Of course the actual point I was making was that there is a political realignment taking place across western societies, clearly evident in the growth of Trumpism’s appeal to working and middle class people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds ie there is a huge segment of mainly patriotic, socially conservative working people across western countries who want no truck with the woke mainstream. And that same woke mainstream have no idea these people even exist (beyond exadurated caricature) as evidenced by the commentary and polling in the run up to this election.


#608

Ironically it’s the Trumpers who became a woke mainstream via the internet. Infowars, Qanon etc…


#609

May 2020

A former Judge of Elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been charged and pleaded guilty to illegally adding votes for Democrat candidates in judicial races in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against former Judge of Elections Domenick DeMuro, 73, for stuffing the ballot box for Democrats in exchange for payment by a paid political consultant.

The charges, and guilty plea, include conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democrat candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections and a violation of the Travel Act.

“The Trump administration’s prosecution of election fraud stands in stark contrast to the total failure of the Obama Justice Department to enforce these laws,” Public Interest Legal Foundation President Christian Adams said in a statement. “Right now, other federal prosecutors are aware of cases of double voting in federal elections as well as noncitizen voting. Attorney General William Barr should prompt those other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes.”

As Judge of Elections, DeMuro was paid to oversee the election process in the 39th Ward, which encompasses Philadelphia…


#610

Is the Pope A Catholic

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich comments on the contested results across several key states in the presidential election match-up between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and the ‘schemes’ he believes are going on at voting sites. - with Newsmax TV’s Rob Schmitt


#611

#612

US Electoral system, but different in each state. Bottom line - Electors are not bound to vote in accordance with the democratic vote. “Faithless electors” got bandied about in 2016 remember the SNL skit?

So (1) There are legal challenges and reports of voter fraud (2) The Electors don’t have to vote in accordance with democratic vote (may vary state to state, not an expert) and (3) Who officially appoints the electors after the count? The state houses.

Weird how all the houses in the swing states are republican majority, yet apparently the states have voted for Biden…


#614

Withdrawn


#615

Step #2: After Election Day

Not quite.

Once a final tally of voters’ in-person, mail-in and provisional ballots has been concluded, all 50 governors prepare their state’s Certificate of Ascertainment, a document listing their electors for the competing candidates.

Each state completes that process at its own rate. This year, because of the pandemic, finalizing the electoral vote count will likely take a lot longer. Once completed, copies of the Certificate of Ascertainment are then submitted to the U.S. Archivist.

After the governor submits names to the Archivist, each state’s Electoral College electors meet in the state capital – D.C.‘s meet in D.C. – to formally cast their votes for president and vice president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. This year, that’s Dec. 14, 2020.


#616

DECEMBER 8, 2020 “SAFE HARBOR” DEADLINE

DECEMBER 14, 2020 ELECTORAL COLLEGE

DECEMBER 23, 2020 CERTIFICATION DELIVER3D TO PRESEIDENT OF THE SENATE

December 8, 2020: The “Safe Harbor” Deadline
The U.S. Code (3 U.S.C. §5) provides that if election
results are contested in any state, and if the state, prior to
election day, has enacted procedures to settle controversies
or contests over electors and electoral votes, and if these
procedures have been applied, and the results have been
determined six days before the electors’ meetings, then
these results are considered to be conclusive, and will apply
in the counting of the electoral votes. This date, known as
the “Safe Harbor” deadline, falls on December 8 in 2020.
The governor of any state where there was a contest, and in
which the contest was decided according to established
state procedures, is required (3 U.S.C. §6) to send a
certificate describing the form and manner by which the
determination was made to the Archivist as soon as
practicable.

December 14, 2020: Electors Vote in Their States
Monday after the second Wednesday in December of
presidential election years is set (3 U.S.C. §7) as the date on
which the electors meet and vote. In 2020, the meeting is on
December 14. Electoral college delegations meet separately
in their respective states and the District of Columbia at
places designated by their state legislature. The electors
vote by paper ballot, casting one ballot for President and
one for Vice President. The electors count the results and
then sign six certificates, each of which contains two lists,
one of which includes the electoral votes for the President,
the other, electoral votes for the Vice President, each of
which includes the names of persons receiving votes and
the number of votes cast for them. These are known as
Certificates of the Vote, which the electors are required to
sign. They then pair the six Certificates of Ascertainment
provided by the state governors with the Certificates of the
Vote, and sign, seal, and certify them (3 U.S.C. §§8-10).
The six certificates are then distributed by registered mail
as follows: (1) one certificate to the President of the U.S.
Senate (the Vice President); (2) two certificates to the
secretary of state (or equivalent officer) of the state in
which the electors met; (3) two certificates to the Archivist;
and (4) one certificate to the judge of the U.S. district court
of the district in which the electors met (3 U.S.C. §11).

December 23, 2020: Certificates Must Be Delivered
to the Designated Officials
Certificates of electoral vote results must be delivered to
above mentioned officers by the fourth Wednesday in
December, in 2020, by December 23 (3 U.S.C. §12).
Failure to Deliver Certificates by December 23
If the certificates from any state have not been delivered by
December 23, 2020, the President of the Senate, or in their
absence the Archivist, is required to request the secretary of
state or equivalent officer in that state to send one of the
copies they hold to the President of the Senate by registered
mail (3 U.S.C. §12, 13). The Code also directs them to send
a messenger to the judge of the U.S. district court in the
state directing the judge to transmit the certificate they hold
by “hand … to the seat of government.”

More here: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11641


#617


Football fans have decided to get behind President Donald Trump’s election campaign by flying a banner over Goodison Park this afternoon. What is your response?

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12:48 PM · Nov 7, 2020·Twitter Web App

https://twitter.com/talkRADIO/status/1325057600250056712


#618



Dan Bongino @dbongino

You have no idea how bad the shit going on behind the scenes really is right now. DO NOT think for a moment that entities who were your friends, are your friends now. The wheat and the chaff are separating.

https://twitter.com/dbongino/status/1325163356886478848


Dan Bongino @dbongino

Can someone please send me the section of the Constitution where the media selects the POTUS? Thanks! I missed it when I looked.

https://twitter.com/dbongino/status/1325159714427035649


#619

There’s big news breaking here in Pennsylvania, and most of the national media seems to be unaware. It’s the matter of Pennsylvania’s crucial (but heretofore largely ignored) provisional ballots, which could be decisive in pushing Donald Trump back into the lead in the state, or at least triggering a statewide recount.

Before considering those details, I want to respond to the many inquiries I’ve received from readers wondering how it’s possible that Joe Biden could have pulled into the lead in Pennsylvania. It’s an excellent question, and they’re right to be dubious of what has transpired.

Yes, Joe Biden has somehow surpassed Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, but don’t blame voters in Pittsburgh, nor maybe even voters in Philadelphia. Frankly, it’s hard to figure who to blame. It’s somewhat baffling. Of those mail-in ballots that started to be counted on Wednesday, and that allowed Joe Biden an astonishing comeback after being down to Donald Trump by a massive (and seemingly insurmountable) margin of roughly a half million votes, Biden would have needed probably at least 80% of those remaining mail-in ballots. That was my own estimate, which I wrote about here on Thursday. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien estimated on Wednesday afternoon that Biden would have to get 78% of outstanding votes to win Pennsylvania. He noted (as I did) that while there were outstanding votes in Biden counties like Philadelphia and Montgomery, there were also many votes left in York, Butler, and various Trump counties. Stepien thus confidently asserted, “we are declaring a victory in Pennsylvania.” So did Donald Trump, and understandably so.

Personally, I do not see how Joe Biden could have gotten that 80%, even as mail-in ballots have in fact been significantly favorable to Biden throughout the country. Consider this striking number: Biden was actually barely getting 80% in Philadelphia County. Indeed, Trump still has almost 20% of the Philadelphia County votes (that’s surprisingly good, I thought he’d be lucky to get 10%). He also has nearly 40% of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh’s county) votes. Many of the other mail-in counties remaining were Republican-Trump counties, including my own (Mercer County, where Trump has 62% of the vote) and counties like Beaver (huge fracking area, 58% for Trump) and even large GOP counties like York (likewise 62% for Trump). (Click here for the county breakdown.)

And yet, as we’ve watched the overall Pennsylvania vote flip to Biden over the last 72 hours, it’s as if Donald Trump hasn’t gotten even a few hundred thousand new votes, whereas Biden’s total soars by the millions. I think Joe Biden would have been lucky to get 60-70% of all the remaining mail-in ballots. I find it almost inconceivable that he got 80%.

Donald Trump is right to be suspicious, and to at least demand double-checking, given not just Philadelphia’s ugly history of political corruption, and his suspicion of the general susceptibility for mail-in-ballot fraud, but given the implausibility of what has happened in Pennsylvania. The Trump campaign was absolutely justified in believing it had Pennsylvania in the bag (see my column on that). What has somehow transpired since late Tuesday night does not seem plausible.

Consider, too: Donald Trump has 400,000 more votes in Pennsylvania in 2020 than he received in 2016, and yet he may still lose the state. The enthusiasm for Trump here is off the charts, in contrast to no enthusiasm for Biden. If Joe Biden has truly received that many votes in Pennsylvania, then it must be via pure, unbridled, ferocious anti-Trump hatred.

But alas, this isn’t over, which brings me to the crucial matter of the provisional votes. I learned last evening that there are roughly 100,000 provisional ballots still out and uncounted in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania defines a provisional ballot this way:

Sometimes county elections officials need more time to determine a voter’s eligibility to vote. Election officials may ask that voter to vote a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot records your vote while the county board of elections determines whether it can be counted…


#620

It’s pretty obvious that it’s just the media attempting to suppress the vote. “Oh my guy hasn’t a chance so I won’t bother voting” that’s it in a nutshell.


#621

Truly frightening. The real fascists are in power now.


#622

#623

It isn’t unheard of for voters to not fill out their entire ballot. Ballot measures and lower level offices often do not get the same attention as state and federal races, so voters will often leave parts of their ballots blank because they just don’t know or care enough about it. But the vast majority of people who vote for president also vote on senate and congressional races. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year in Michigan, a hotly contested swing state that magically manufactured enough votes to put Biden over the top at the last minute.

According to current numbers from DecisionDeskHQ, 5,867,609 people in Michigan voted in the presidential election while 5,717,819 voted in the very competitive Senate election. That’s a 149,790 difference. Biden is currently ahead by 145,935 votes .


#624

John Podesta & Co have been busy.

The Transition Integrity Project was initially organized in late 2019[5] by Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown and former Pentagon senior official, and Nils Gilman, a former vice chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and historian at the Berggruen Institute. Other participants in the Transition Integrity Project’s exercises included:[3][6][7]

The Transition Integrity Project (TIP) was launched, "out of concern that the Trump Administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and transition process."[5]

In the summer of 2020, TIP conducted a series of war-gaming exercises.[24] The scenarios[5][25] examined by TIP included:

  1. Game One: Ambiguous . The first game investigated a scenario in which the outcome of the election remained unclear from election night and throughout gameplay. The results from three states are in contention and ballots are destroyed in one of the states, making it unclear who should have won that state. Neither campaign is willing to concede.

  2. Game Two: Clear Biden Victory . Biden wins both the Electoral College and the popular vote. Trump alleges fraud and takes steps to benefit himself and his family but ultimately hands the White House over to Biden.

  3. Game Three: Clear Trump Win. The third scenario started with an Electoral College victory for President Trump (286 to 252), but a popular vote win (52% to 47%) for former Vice President Biden. In this scenario Biden refused to concede, convinced the Democratic governors of two states that Trump won to send separate slates of electors to the Electoral College, encouraged three states to threaten secession and convinced the House of Representatives to refuse to certify the election and declare Biden the victor.

  4. Game Four: Narrow Biden Win . The final scenario explored a narrow Biden win where he leads with less than 1% of the popular vote and has a slim lead at 278 electoral votes. The Trump campaign sows chaos but Senate Republicans and the Joint Chiefs of Staff eventually signal that they accept Biden’s win. Trump refuses to leave and is removed by the Secret Service.

In August 2020, TIP released a report[5] outlining its findings and recommendations. The report stated, ″We […] assess that the President Trump is likely to contest the result by both legal and extra-legal means, in an attempt to hold onto power. Recent events, including the President’s own unwillingness to commit to abiding by the results of the election, the Attorney General’s embrace of the President’s groundless electoral fraud claims, and the unprecedented deployment of federal agents to put down leftwing protests, underscore the extreme lengths to which President Trump may be willing to go in order to stay in office.″[5] The report’s intention was to inspire the necessary changes to ensure a fair election in 2020. ″These risks can be mitigated; the worst outcomes of the exercises are far from a certainty. The purpose of this report is not to frighten, but to spur all stakeholders to action.″


Archived wiki link: https://archive.is/efhHT


#625

The Vote Has Been Hopelessly Contaminated. Republican State Legislatures Must Now Move to Appoint Pro-Trump Electors.

November 5, 2020 (2d ago)

The fraud at the heart of the 2020 election has left the American people with only one surefire remedy: They must demand that Republican state lawmakers send pro-Trump electors to Congress.

By now, every Republican in the country knows what happened on Tuesday night. Donald Trump was headed solidly toward reelection. His lead in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, and Pennsylvania was massive and, based on the left’s own models, practically insurmountable.

And then, at 10:30 p.m., the votes simply stopped coming in. From Atlanta to Detroit to Philadelphia, tallies stopped coming out for hours on end. When the tallying resumed, Joe Biden rapidly surged into the lead in key states, with his improvement attributed entirely to the black box of “mail-in ballots.” Already, accounts of fraud and impropriety have started to pile up.Counting resumed, then stopped again, then resumed again. States have taken days to do what could easily be done in hours; often votes keep coming in even as nobody seems to know how many ballots actually remain to be counted. In Pennsylvania, officials are counting ballots that arrive after Election Day with no postmark, even though a postmark is the only means at all of ensuring a late-arriving ballot isn’t fraudulent. In North Carolina, officials have simply announced that they won’t announce any more votes for another week.

This is a disgrace and an embarrassment, of course. But more importantly, it’s an outcome that nobody can trust.

If this continues, and the courts enable it rather than stopping it, then conservatives have only one option for preserving the legitimacy of the election and of the U.S. system of government: They must demand that the legislatures in disputed states step in to appoint their own slate of electors. The legislatures indisputably possess the power to do this.

In our piece Wednesday morning, Revolver described a little-known facet of constitutional law concerning the Electoral College. Article II of the U.S. Constitution describes how the process works:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors , equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. [Justia]

The first line is the critical one. Under the Constitution, authority to appoint electors isn’t generally delegated to the states, but instead specifically is granted to the state legislature.

The 1892 Supreme Court case McPherson v. Blacker dealt with this precise issue. Michigan had passed a law dividing the state into Congressional Districts, and granting its electoral votes to the winner of each individual district. The law was challenged, and the Court upheld it. In its ruling, the Court found that state legislatures have a plenary power to decide their electors; in other words, their authority on this question is complete and unlimited.

The Constitution does not provide that the appointment of electors shall be by popular vote, nor that the electors shall be voted for upon a general ticket, nor that the majority of those who exercise the elective franchise can alone choose the electors. It recognizes that the people act through their representatives in the legislature, and leaves it to the legislature exclusively to define the method of effecting the object. [Justia]

McPherson also approvingly cites an 1874 Senate report, which stated quite explicitly that state legislatures have the power to take over the appointment of electors at any time:

The appointment of these electors is thus placed absolutely and wholly with the legislatures of the several states. They may be chosen by the legislature, or the legislature may provide that they shall be elected by the people of the state at large, or in districts, as are members of Congress, which was the case formerly in many states, and it is no doubt competent for the legislature to authorize the governor, or the supreme court of the state, or any other agent of its will, to appoint these electors. This power is conferred upon the legislatures of the states by the Constitution of the United States, and cannot be taken from them or modified by their state constitutions any more than can their power to elect senators of the United States [ Revolver note: The power of legislatures to elect senators was later removed via the 17th Amendment] . Whatever provisions may be made by statute, or by the state constitution, to choose electors by the people, there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power at any time, for it can neither be taken away nor abdicated. [Justia]

The McPherson decision is still standing precedent, and its meaning is clear: The legislature of any state may, at any time, reclaim its authority to appoint electors. Obviously, in a normal election, there is no need to do this. But if the election is going to be otherwise stolen, they have a moral duty to act.

This nearly happened 20 years ago, during the Florida recount drama. With it appearing more and more likely that Al Gore’s legal team would successfully use selective recounts in specific deep-blue counties to flip the state, Republicans in the Florida legislature threatened to directly appoint their state’s electors:

Amid rising partisan tensions, the Republican majority in the Florida Legislature moved closer Monday toward an unprecedented effort to directly award the state’s 25 electoral votes to George W. Bush.

In legal papers filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Legislature asserted broad authority to allocate Florida’s electoral votes even if the state courts order further recounts of presidential ballots that could give the lead to Democrat Al Gore…

Read More here: https://www.revolver.news/2020/11/contaminated-vote-means-republicans-must-appoint-pro-trump-electors/