Let’s be real. Goliath was never going to let David breeze through the rematch.
The provinces, for whom President Trump is an instrument, not an end in himself, were never going to have an easy time winning the 2020 election against the amassed might of the Democratic Party, the “Fake News” media and allied pollsters, Big Tech, woke billionaires and the celebrity class, who united to stamp out the barbarian orange emperor.
The “chumps” and “ugly folk,” as Joe Biden calls them, came out in their glorious millions from the American heartland on Election Day and now we will see if people power prevails, if the nationalist populist movement enabled by Donald Trump, but not defined by him, lives to fight another day against the corrupt globalists represented by the sad husk of Biden.
It boils down to Trump’s belief that the Democrats perpetrated widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere to steal the election.
While even those in his own party are urging him to lose gracefully, the president has every right to ensure electoral laws are enforced to prevent fraud.
In fact, he owes it to the 68 million deplorables who voted for him.
To that end, Trump has turned to an old ally, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to lead a heroic legal challenge.
In a press conference in Philadelphia Wednesday, Giuliani laid out one clear anomaly in which, contrary to Pennsylvania law, Republican election observers were denied the right to oversee the counting of 120,000 ballots by being forced to stand 20 to 30 feet away from where they were being counted.
“They were never able to see the ballot itself, never able to see if it was properly postmarked, properly addressed, properly signed on the outside . . . this went on for 20 hours. While all of you thought there was some kind of legitimate count going on here in Philadelphia, it was totally illegitimate.”
Giuliani’s team has also launched a lawsuit in Wisconsin, where he says that, after election observers had gone home, “at 3 or 4 in the morning about 120,000 ballots appeared . . . and they all got counted.”
The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit in Michigan Wednesday, with campaign manager Bill Stepien claiming Republican observers were denied “meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law.”
There are other allegations of fraud or irregularities, late-counted votes and suspected vote harvesting being reported around the country.
In Wisconsin, 300 ballots went missing when the Willow Township municipal clerk went home sick and no one could find her, the Washington Post reported. The ballots eventually turned up yesterday, with 157 votes for Trump and 114 for Biden.
In Arizona — which was called early for Biden on election night, but the Trump campaign still says they can win — a “data error” claimed that 95 percent of votes had been counted yesterday when only 86 percent had been, and the remainder reportedly were from Trump-heavy counties.
So you can see that, in such a close election, Trump’s concerns are not frivolous.
Fraud is corrosive, but so is claiming fraud where there is none. We will see where the lawsuits land.
In one case, a woman claiming to be an election volunteer in Michigan’s Clark County claimed on video she had discovered a box of 500 ballots outside the counting facility from people who were not on the voter rolls.
In any case, Biden as much as declared victory yesterday, saying that by the time the count is finished, “I believe I will be the winner . . . we are winning in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.”
Trump’s campaign claimed Wednesday he still had a path to victory if he keeps Pennsylvania and somehow Arizona comes back to him.
But even if Trump does lose, it may be a blessing in disguise for Republicans.
The result has crushed Democratic expectations of a clean sweep. It wasn’t a landslide win against an unpopular president, as we had been told so confidently for months.
If Biden wins, it will be by the narrowest margin.
And all the hundreds of millions spent on retaking the Senate came to nothing, with the Republicans looking to hold onto their lead. The top targets, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham, survived easily.
The fatal miscalculations of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in cynically refusing to negotiate on the latest stimulus bill have cost the Democrats dearly in the House, where they have gone backward by at least six seats. They did not manage to get rid of a single Republican. So much for the blue wave.
The failure means that in 2022, the House is more likely to revert to Republican control, setting up a lame-duck presidency.
Unfortunately, nothing can be done to stop a President Biden-Harris repeat of the geopolitical errors of the Obama presidency, such as appeasing China and Iran’s mullahs and signing onto the Paris climate accord.
But a President Biden in cognitive decline will sooner or later be replaced by his unpopular, untested vice president, Kamala Harris.
Saddled with a recession and policies that will only exacerbate economic decline, the next four years will hobble Democrats.
Their flaws and hypocrisy will be on full display, with a good chance of the 2024 presidential race being won by one of the new generation of Republican heirs to Trumpism. Source: NY Post
President Trump, as his path to win re-election narrows, has launched a number of legal actions seeking to halt the tally in several swing states and recount the vote in Wisconsin after Joe Biden was declared the victor.
The former vice president is a handful of votes away from reaching the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency as results in Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have yet to be released.
Trump trails with 214 electoral votes.
Here’s a breakdown of the Trump campaign’s legal action in each of the states.
The swing state Trump won in 2016 flipped for Biden as he was declared the winner Wednesday with 49.8 percent of the vote, compared to the president’s 48.6 percent.
Biden won the state’s 16 electoral votes.
At the same time, Team Trump announced a lawsuit to halt the counting of mail-in ballots until campaign observers can be given “meaningful access” to the process.
Campaign manager Bill Stepien said observers were refused access at stations where workers were opening the ballots.
The Keystone State’s 20 electoral votes are up for grabs since neither Trump nor Biden won and the count could continue until Friday.
Trump leads Biden 51.8 to 46.9 percent.
The re-election campaign has taken a three-pronged legal approach.
The campaign will join a lawsuit filed by GOP candidates challenging the state Supreme Court’s decision to allow the state to extend until Friday the counting of ballots postmarked by Election Day.
It’s also seeking to make the tally process more transparent by ensuring that GOP campaign observers be allowed access to ensure “that every ballot is counted, and counted once.”
Third, the campaign said it will sue to make sure that first-time voters in the state provide identification with their mail-in or absentee ballots as state law dictates.
The state Supreme Court decided last Friday that a photo ID isn’t required if a voter is dropping off a mail-in ballot and that the ballot can’t be tossed if the signature on the envelope doesn’t match what’s in the voting files.
The president’s son Eric Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani held a news conference Wednesday in Philadelphia to claim that “rampant corruption” was taking place in Pennsylvania to steal the election.
The Trump re-election campaign is demanding a recount of votes in the key battleground state after it was declared for Biden on Wednesday, 49.4 to 48.8 percent.
Wisconsin has 10 electoral votes.
A candidate whose total votes were within 1 percent of the winner’s total votes in Wisconsin can request a recount of the results.
The race in the Peach State is tightening, but Trump maintains a 49.6 to 49.2 percent lead over Biden, according to new tabulations released overnight.
Sixteen electoral votes are at stake.
The campaign sued to have a judge account for ballots in a county that includes Savannah, which leans Democratic, that were received after 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The suit claims that a Republican observer saw a poll worker take unprocessed ballots and mix them in with processed ballots that were waiting to be counted in Chatham County.
Ballots needed to be received by 7 p.m. to be valid. Source NY Post
Abraham Enriquez speaks with the clarity of a levelheaded TV anchor. The 25-year-old Latino from Lubbock, Texas, was the first in his family to be born in the United States, after his grandparents immigrated from Mexico in the 1980s and brought his then-2-year-old mother with them. He visits his family across the border at least once a year for service trips with his grandparents’ church. When we talked recently about the state of American politics, I recognized the air of authority I had heard in clips of his eponymous web show and his public speeches rallying Latinos in Texas to vote—for Donald Trump.
Enriquez is one of millions of Latinos casting a ballot for Trump this year. Nearly a third of Latinos routinely vote for Republicans in American elections, and the Trump campaign’s appeals to them show an understanding of their unique worldview, one rooted in deeply held beliefs about individualism, economic opportunity, and traditional social values. Across nationality, class, immigrant experience, and age, Trump-voting Latinos have one thing in common: a different vision from other Latinos of what it means to be American—and they believe their liberal counterparts and the broader public just don’t understand that.
“It all boils down to understanding that you are in charge of your own kind of predicament,” Enriquez told me. “America, we’re really at the crossroads of either self-governance or being dependent on the government—and Hispanics know very well which decision they need to be making.”
Liberals may accuse these Latinos of voting against their own interests, given Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic, attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and restrictions on immigration—all issues that affect millions of Latino lives. But many pro-Trump Latinos told me they simply define their interests differently than their more progressive cousins do. They don’t necessarily feel solidarity with Latinos as a whole, and many identify themselves as American first. (Some reject “Latino” or “Latinx” labels as well.) Many are lifelong Republicans not eager to abandon their party, and Trump’s economy-first message and opposition to abortion rights resonate with them. Democrats shouldn’t be surprised if Trump matches or improves on his 2016 showing among Latinos, or if their votes help him hold battleground states. Republican Latinos have always existed, and the Trump campaign has dedicated significant resources to winning over more of the Hispanic community this election cycle.
Election-year conversations tend to flatten voters into stereotypes, but there is no one kind of Latino voter: They aren’t all of Mexican or Cuban descent, nor are they all Catholic or connected by a shared immigrant experience—even though these subgroups dominate national attention. Though 60 to 70 percent vote for Democrats, according to the Pew Research Center, Latinos aren’t a reliably partisan voting bloc and need to be persuaded, in culturally competent ways, to vote. Their differences in national identity, immigrant background, experiences with discrimination, and religious beliefs make Latinos just as complicated as any other demographic group, though they aren’t always portrayed that way.
Take immigration, an issue commonly identified as the central Latino priority because many Americans assume that all Latinos hold the same pro-immigration view. The first time Enriquez heard Trump speak about politics was during the future president’s campaign-launch speech in 2015, when he said Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime.” Enriquez told me he could forgive the president’s comments. “I know exactly the status of Mexico, and how crime has completely just taken over the beautiful country that is Mexico. So when President Trump was talking about what Mexico is sending, I immediately knew—I understood [what he meant],” Enriquez said. “Did he word it correctly? No, but he did emphasize that, you know, it wasn’t all Mexicans.” (Enriquez told me that he first learned about Trump when he wrote a paper on The Art of the Deal in ninth grade.). Source The Atlantic
Secretary of state says ballots would be counted no matter what kind of pen was used
Several voters in Maricopa County, the largest in Arizona, brought a lawsuit Wednesday against Democratic County Recorder Adrian Fontes, the county Board of Supervisors and others, claiming that the use of Sharpie permanent markers at some polling sites left ballots too damaged to be counted.
After an investigation was opened into the matter by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich in Arizona, county and election officials have sought to reassure voters who may have used such a marker.
Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, whose office oversees elections statewide, told Arizona's in-person voters that their regular ballot would be counted, no matter what kind of pen was used to fill it out.
Rumors about Sharpies or other writing tools and ballots have circulated across the country, including in the city of Chicago and the states of Michigan, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to Reuters.
Reuters reported Wednesday that a viral Facebook video shared by prominent Republicans had been labeled by the social media giant as "false information" and the hashtag #sharpiegate has since been blocked on the platform.
Maricopa County officials had tweeted earlier that the markers are "not a problem for our tabulation equipment, and the offset columns on ballots ensure that bleed-through won’t impact [votes]."
The county's elections department also shared an explanatory video on its account about the use of Sharpie pens just hours before polls closed on Tuesday.
According to the County Recorder and Elections Department's website, a blue or black ballpoint pen or a Sharpie pen can be used to fill out a ballot, while pens with red or similarly-colored ink should not be used.
Maricopa County Elections Department spokesperson Erika Flores told Arizona Family on Wednesday that new equipment counts votes in such a way that bleed-throughs are not a problem.
"Voters at home may use ballpoint pens in black or blue ink or a Sharpie. Vote Centers use fine-tip Sharpies as they have the fastest-drying ink, therefore preventing smudges when put through the Vote Center tabulation equipment," the Maricopa County Recorder's "FAQ" page reads.
The suit brought by Arizonans claims that the use of Sharpies might have prevented ballots from being counted by vote-tabulating machines.
Attorney Alexander Kolodin -- who has tangled with Fontes previously -- represents a voter identified as Laurie Aguilera, as well as 10 unidentified clients.
Aguilera had been given a Sharpie to fill out her ballot and said she "noticed the ink was bleeding through." The suit claims that a machine failed to read her ballot and that poll workers would not provide her with a second or duplicate ballot. Aguilera believes her vote was not counted.
Aguilera and Kolodin's case is expected to go before a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge on Thursday afternoon.
Arizona is a traditionally red state that Fox News called for President Trump's challenger, Joe Biden, placing him closer to the White House.
The president's reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can still win the state and demanded heightened transparency into the counting of ballots, leading to tense protests overnight.
Coincidentally, Sharpies are a brand of permanent marker that the president is famous for using. Source Foxnews