President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his campaign of voter suppression in his public battle against the state of California’s decision to allow voters to vote by mail in the November election.
In a set of clearly desperate tweets the President declared California’s election will be “rigged,” a familiar refrain from his 2016 campaign. He also went back to his anti-immigrant roots, falsely accusing Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of sending millions of ballots to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there.”
He then continued his unsubstantiated fear-mongering, falsely warning that “professionals” will be “telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote.”
….living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one. That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote. This will be a Rigged Election. No way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
It’s unclear why Trump is focusing on California, a state he lost by 30 points in 2016 and is all but guaranteed to lose again. Many other states, including red states, are working to allow voting by mail.
The Washington Post, in response to Trump’s false tweets last week, reported, “there is not any evidence of routine or even statistically significant fraud in the five states that do all-mail elections, election experts say.”
Trump’s cries and lies were quickly doused on social media.
Yeah, he’s just getting ready to try to invalidate his eventual loss. Laying some serious groundwork here for his numbskull followers.
— Ken Baldonieri (@baldonieri) May 26, 2020
This is a *real* problem. Vote by mail is already the law in many states (nearly all if you count absentee votes). The President is preemptively questioning the legitimacy of an election he is projected to lose. Our democracy is under serious threat. https://t.co/z8MNpHuBoT
— Ryan D. Enos (@RyanDEnos) May 26, 2020
The president keeps escalating his false claims about mail in voting. What evidence is there that “mail boxes will be robbed?” What does that even mean? And ballots are being sent to registered voters, not “anyone living in the state.” https://t.co/4aRrOVz0NW
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) May 26, 2020
Voter fraud is Republican red-herring to restrict voting rights. There are more deaths by lawnmowers than prosecuted cases of fraud. More people were prosecuted for illegally voting for Trump than Hillary Clinton. There is no vast conspiracy little Donnie. Unfit to lead!
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) May 26, 2020
Be careful, everyone.
These tweets are meant to sow doubts in a fair election and give Trump a reason to delay the transition of power when he loses.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 26, 2020
Trump is pushing lies about mail-in ballots, which have been successfully used for years for military personnel who are overseas, expat US citizens and Trump himself when he voted in the Florida primary.https://t.co/mW7veI2A0x
— Tom Shafer (@TomShafShafer) May 26, 2020
Quick reminder that guy calling military men frauds, and mail-in ballots (which he uses) fraudulent, is same guy who pushed fraudulent cures, told you to inject bleach, and is torturing a mourning family with fraudulent accusations of murder. There is no bigger fraud than Trump.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) May 26, 2020
There’s always a tweet with Trump- here’s his April 8 tweet putting in writing why he really does NOT want mail in ballots: In his view more votes is BAD for the Republicans. pic.twitter.com/976nLfk3R2
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 26, 2020
Dude-mail in ballots are not some kind of new technology. They’ve been used for decades. The Military uses them. Entire states use them. YOU used one. Get a grip. The reality is that you are scared that if it is easier to vote, more people vote… and they vote against YOU.
— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) May 26, 2020
You’ve confused voter fraud with voter suppression.Your own commission on voter fraud indicated that there was no evidence(facts) to support your contention that fraud was an issue.Suppression, on the other hand, is a BIG problem, and primarily in the GOP camp.Please be accurate.
— David L Gurbach (@GurbachDavid) May 26, 2020
Oregon has been voting *entirely* by mail since 1998. Gov. Kate Brown said it makes her blood boil to hear Trump’s fearmongering about fraud as it is “virtually nonexistent.”
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) May 26, 2020
‘Truly grotesque’: On way out the door, Trump prioritizes bringing back executions by firing squad and electrocution
Among the slew of potentially destructive policy changes the Trump administration is rushing to implement on its way out of power is a rule that would authorize the return of electrocutions and firing squads for federal executions, an effort critics slammed as a twisted priority amid deadly public health and economic crises.
ProPublica reported Wednesday that the rule, first published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Justice Department in August, "has raced through the process with little notice but unusual speed—and deadly consequences."
"This rule could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions for federal executions, giving the government more options for administering capital punishment as drugs used in lethal injections become unavailable," ProPublica noted. "The Justice Department surfaced the proposal in August and accepted public comments for only 30 days, instead of the usual 60. The rule cleared White House review on Nov. 6, meaning it could be finalized any day."
Americans ‘won’t stand’ for election results not being honored: Biden
US President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans "won't stand" for the results of the November 3 election not being honored.
"Our democracy was tested this year," Biden said in a Thanksgiving Day address in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. "And what we learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task.
"In America, we have full and fair and free elections, and then we honor the results," he said. "The people of this nation and the laws of the land won't stand for anything else."
Biden did not mention Donald Trump by name but he was clearly referring to the president's refusal to accept the results of the election.
The strange truth about our Trump addiction
Are we addicted to Donald Trump? It's a question that's haunting journalists and political commentators, most of whom hate Trump but cannot deny that his name drives traffic and ratings. Even though Trump lost the election and Joe Biden will be the next president, Trump continues to be the big attention draw for political websites and cable news networks.
Part of that is completely understandable. Trump is still big news. He literally spent the past few weeks attempting a coup. While he failed, that doesn't change the history-making fact that he even tried, or that he got so much support. Certainly Biden, whose main activity is finding boring-but-competent people to staff his administration, can't compete with that, and there's no real indication that he wants to. (Unlike Trump, Biden views governing as a job and not just an opportunity to get attention.)