Political ‘mob moss’ Donald Trump, in his typical gangster-like chutzpah, declared himself the winner of the cliffhanger US 2020 election early Wednesday, berated the legally cast ballots and their legitimate counting and vowed to dispute them in the Supreme Court and also accused his rival Joe Biden’s Democratic Party of “fraud” in the most “outrageous”, “unprecedented” and “distressing” way unparalleled in the history of American presidency.
In a tightly contested race on the precipice of chaos and counting under way in key battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Trump, like a Cosa Nostra [the Sicilian Mafia] boss who would stoop to the lowest to eliminate his rival, sounded like the leader of the world’s newest mobocracy, not the oldest democracy: “We were just about to win, in fact, we have already won.”
Assaulting the vote-counting process with his favourite high-calibre sidearm of LIES, Trump suggested that counting all votes will mean disenfranchising his supporters. Without relaunching his earlier salvos on mail-in voting, he sufficiently made it clear such ballots are fraud: “We want all voting to stop.”
In fact, the president dubbed the ongoing counting of votes as a ‘party-pooper’. “We were winning in many other states and we were just about to declare it and then suddenly this fraud happened there; a fraud on the American people. And we will not let this happen. Millions and millions of people voted for us. A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.” In fact, Trump had prepared to declare victory on Tuesday evening himself. “We were getting ready for a big celebration. We were winning everything. And all of a sudden it was just called off.”
Trump’s effrontery was egregious enough to rile not only Team Biden, but even Benjamin L. Ginsberg, a long-time Republican election lawyer who co-chaired the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, who was startled to hear it for the first time from an American president. “It is a distressing moment for me as a long-time Republican to see a call to disenfranchise so many people. 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,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Ginsberg countered Trump’s absurd and outrageous theory of calling the counting of ballots fraud. “But these are legally cast ballots, Jake, or, at least, will be determined to be legally cast ballots by the appropriate local county and state officials. And for a president to say we are going to disenfranchise those legally cast ballots—it really is extraordinary,” he told Tapper. Team Biden was quick to launch a broadside at Trump’s shocker. In a scathing statement, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said, “The president’s statement tonight about trying to shut down the counting of duly cast ballots was outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect. It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”
Trump’s impudence was triggered by the concern that the record-smashing mail-in ballots could favour Biden, who had urge voters to vote early, but not in person to avoid getting infected with Covid-19 at crowded polling stations. Trump, who strongly believes in the theory of chaos and lies to work up his supporters and deviate from facts, fears that the massive uncounted ballots in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan and Georgia could tip the scales in Biden’s favour.
In case of a cliffhanger in one of the key battleground states, the Republicans are ready to draw a long legal battle line with an array of volunteer lawyers and law firms. The Dems are not unprepared either with their own legal hawks.
For example, the GOP has already launched a legal battle in the Montgomery County of Pennsylvania, according to CNN. In Pennsylvania, “where officials couldn’t begin processing hundreds of thousands of early ballots until Tuesday, counties made their own decisions about how to prioritise the crush”. Since Montgomery County planned to count “24 hours a day until completion”, according to county spokesperson Kelly Cofrancisco, as reported by CNN, three Republicans “described to a federal court how they saw absentee ballots with possible technical issues and believed elections officials might impermissibly try to give voters opportunities to fix ballots with issues that would have caused them to be thrown out”.
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