President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Tuesday for linking his desire to confirm a new Supreme Court justice prior to the election with his hope that a conservative court could hand the election to him regardless of the voters.
Trump falsely claimed that mailing voters ballots during a pandemic was a “hoax” while departing the White House for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
“We need nine justices. You need that with the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending. It’s a scam. It’s a hoax,” Trump falsely claimed. “Everybody knows that. And the Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
“So you’re going to need nine justices up there, I think it’s going to be very important,” he continued. “Because what they’re doing is a hoax, with the ballots, they’re sending out tens of millions of ballots, unsolicited — not where they’re being asked, but unsolicited.”
“And that’s a hoax and you’re going to need to have nine justices. So doing it before the election would be a very good thing, because you’re going to probably see it,” Trump argued. “Because what they’re doing is trying to sow confusion and everything else.”
Here’s some of the criticism Trump received:
Trump openly admits his rush to fill the seat is so SCOTUS backs his attempts to steal the election. https://t.co/JiwZdAiwkJ
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) September 22, 2020
Trump gives the game away.
Trump is launching this SCOTUS power grab so he can try and launch a subsequent power grab and overturn the election results. https://t.co/xh4E2Txxz6
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 22, 2020
Trump straight out confessing he plans to steal the election through SCOTUS if he loses the votes.
We are in REAL trouble, folks. https://t.co/vlctvUHKct
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) September 22, 2020
Trump wants this justice for two reasons: one for bragging rights, and the primary reason is that he thinks they can and will hand a close election to him. And he will fully expect them to do that, no matter what the law says. https://t.co/3k5bHhSmct
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) September 22, 2020
The president keeps making clear that unless Democrats win by an unquestionable landslide, he will fight the results of the election and trigger an unprecedented legitimacy crisis, unless he's allowed to simply steal power.
We are in such dangerous territory. https://t.co/YUgPaG8oKq
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 22, 2020
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) September 22, 2020
Show of hands: anyone shocked that he’s already considering taking the election to SCOTUS?
Solution: vote in numbers too big to contest. https://t.co/1OGCD9qJ7T
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) September 22, 2020
Quite a journey from 2000 to now. We now have a President who sees the main purpose of Supreme Court justices as stealing elections. https://t.co/3fqfBoJCMZ
— Jonathan Ladd (@jonmladd) September 22, 2020
American democracy is being destroyed before our very eyes… https://t.co/TiCRpBbv7G
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) September 22, 2020
saying the quiet part loud https://t.co/nA1Utjrjfx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
President Trump explicitly stating he needs another Republican SCOTUS justice to help him steal the election. Meanwhile Republican Leadership is excited for kicking 30+ million off of healthcare, making women’s healthcare illegal, ending civil rights for minority populations. https://t.co/bBZeqXcxUv
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) September 22, 2020
God. He literally can’t help but put his foot in his mouth. I can guarantee every Republican Senator & the justices cringe when they hear this. https://t.co/nnB7kUYYpA
— Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1) September 22, 2020
They aren't hiding that they want to confirm a new Trump justice so that justice can steal the election.https://t.co/IKeFyXEk2O
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 22, 2020
Incredibly dangerous rhetoric from Trump, alleging without any evidence that people are sending out tens of million of unsolicited ballots. It's all a set-up to contest the election before an extra-friendly supreme court. https://t.co/8oCy4Y7495
— Tim Steller (@senyorreporter) September 22, 2020
I'm 100% positive Trump plans to try stay in power via the court. https://t.co/wVngMTuGlX
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) September 22, 2020
GOP rigging courts so they can rig the election https://t.co/QHjoUqaxlX
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) September 22, 2020
Like normal, he's telling you EXACTLY how he's cheating/criming/grifting
Nothing he does is a secret, he does it all out in the open, it's the most transparent thing ever
And yet people always try to ascribe some other explanation
No, it's just straight up gangsterism https://t.co/U4V8n0nS8F
— Leigh Drogen (@LDrogen) September 22, 2020
It is simply amazing that the President of the United States is already disputing the results of the election. The first president in my lifetime who openly and plainly has little commitment to the basic principles of a democratic society. https://t.co/SVLBh2uhJm
— Matt Glassman (@MattGlassman312) September 22, 2020
‘#PerdueIsChicken’: Internet mocks ‘coward’ GOP senator for canceling debate after Ossoff destroyed him in viral video
Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff destroyed his Republican incumbent opponent so thoroughly Wednesday evening that Georgia Senator David Perdue has just canceled the third and final debate.
“It’s not just that you’re a crook, Senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent,” Ossoff told Perdue, who had little to say in response. The viral video had been watched 5 million times by Thursday morning. It's now been viewed 9.3 million times, nearly as many times as the number of people in the entire state of Georgia.
A fake ‘intelligence staffer’ crafted the groundwork for the Trump conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden
It's unclear why President Donald Trump and his allies have chosen to attack Vice President Joe Biden's last living son as a key tenant to the 2020 reelection instead of focusing on his opponent himself. But according to a well-researched NBC News report by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, the "documents," actually came from a fake person that never existed using a profile photo created by an artificial intelligence face generator.
Months ago, there was a fake "intelligence" document about Hunter Biden that popped up online along with tons of "files" from a supposed laptop. None of it was real and it has all been dismissed by Trump's own associates as fake. But now it's being revealed that the company behind the effort was a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations, researchers and public documents revealed.
Glenn Greenwald resigns from The Intercept over Biden article
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Greenwald, one of the first journalists to report on the Edward Snowden documents on US mass surveillance, said he was leaving the website he started in 2014 with two other journalists.
"The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept's editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden," Greenwald said in a blog post.