The author of a new piece outlining how President Donald Trump could steal the election from voters explained just how that might happen.
The Atlantic‘s Barton Gellman revealed the Trump campaign is exploring a strategy to pressure Republican-led state legislatures to appoint electors, instead of letting voters choose, and he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” how that would work in practice.
“The only other time in history we had a debacle like this with possibility of the multiple competing slates of electors where two groups of people said, ‘I’m the state elector for the state of Pennsylvania,’ for example, it’s supposed to go to Congress,” Gellman said. “Congress is supposed to decide who are the legitimate electors, if any, from the state, and the problem is the electorate count act is one of the most garbled statutes ever passed by Congress, which is saying a lot.”
Once the election reaches that point, the president and his right-wing media allies have enormous power to force the outcome they want.
“If you have a split of control between the House and the Senate,” Gellman said, “in which Congress can’t make the decision in which you have both sides deadlocked, they sort of checkmate each other on who are going to be the people who cast the votes from, in this case, Pennsylvania, and the problem is that when you have chaos going on for a long time, which is Trump’s strategy here, then as time passes, the president — the person who’s got the troops under his command and has the apparatus, or the federal government, at his command — is going to take advantage of that deadlock and stay in power.”
Sam Elliott narrated a powerful new Joe Biden ad — and it aired during Game 1 of the World Series
Actor Sam Elliott narrated a new ad for Joe Biden that aired during Game 1 of the World Series.
"There is only America," Elliott said. "No Democratic rivers, no Republican mountains, just this great land and all that's possible on it -- with a fresh start."
"Cures we can find, futures we can shape, work to reward, dignity to protect," Elliott continues, as the Star Spangled Banner plays quietly on a piano in the background.
"There is so much we can do if we choose to take on problems and not each other," the narrator continues. "And choose a president who brings out our best."
New filings reveal Trump’s campaign and the GOP are in dire financial trouble
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that new filings show President Donald Trump's campaign — and the Republican Party itself — are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion.
"New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the extent of Mr. Trump’s cash troubles, which are severe enough that he diverted time from key battleground states and flew to California on Sunday for a fund-raiser with just over two weeks until Election Day," reported Shane Goldmacher and Rachel Shorey. "The president ended September with just over half as much money as he had at the beginning of the month."
University of Florida students get threatening emails warning them to vote for Trump — or else
On Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported that University of Florida students are receiving threatening emails with the subject line "Vote for Trump or else!"
"Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to 'vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,' according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald," reported Ana Ceballos and Carli Teproff. "'Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply,' the email said. 'We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take it seriously if I were you.'"