In an increasingly flailing effort to undercut the legitimacy of his election loss at the hands of Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s legal team and remaining campaign apparatus are preparing to hold press conferences and in-person rallies at which they plan to display the supposed evidence behind the incumbent’s thus-far baseless claims of widespread voter fraud—including obituaries of dead people who purportedly cast ballots.
“The Trump campaign’s strategy is basically to completely undermine faith in democracy.”
—Parker Malloy, Media Matters for America.
Despite the lack of supporting evidence and fact-checks debunking them, claims that tens of thousands of ballots were submitted in the name of deceased individuals and counted have been proliferating in right-wing social media circles, outlets like Breitbart, and among Trump’s advisers since Election Day.
Characteristically declining to let the facts stand in the way of his false narrative that he is the victim of election theft, Trump “plans to brandish obituaries of people who supposedly voted but are dead—plus hold campaign-style rallies—in an effort to prolong his fight against apparent insurmountable election results,” Axios reported late Sunday, citing four of the president’s advisers.
“Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the ‘specific pieces of evidence’ aimed at bolstering the Trump team’s so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden’s victory,” according to Axios. “Fueling the effort is the expected completion of vote counting this week, allowing Republicans to file for more recounts.”
Around 5,900 Americans have died from Covid since Election Day so that shouldn’t be too hard. Tens of thousands have died since early voting began. https://t.co/BiOtzkhjT9
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) November 9, 2020
Team Trump’s ongoing effort to challenge state vote counts in court has so far been a complete flop, as has its frequently laughable attempt to substantiate the president’s claims of a sprawling vote-counting conspiracy favoring the Democratic Party.
But with the president refusing to concede defeat and his party largely remaining silent or actively cheering him on, the Trump campaign—juiced by donations it is aggressively soliciting with numerous fundraising emails each day—has shown no indication that it plans to give up its likely doomed legal battle any time soon. (According to the fine print of the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee’s donation forms, 60% of contributions to the president’s legal defense fund will go toward paying off the Trump campaign’s debts.)
Axios reported Sunday that the Trump team is also “staffing a campaign-style media operation” that, according to an adviser, will churn out “regular press briefings, releases on legal action, and obviously things like talking points and booking people strategically on television.”
“They’ll also make a big play to raise money for their legal defense fund,” Axios noted.
Refusing to concede and launching a bunch of lawsuits is one thing. Staging big rallies to gin up his supporters against the president-elect seems like an order of magnitude worse. https://t.co/46pwqTFjRS
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) November 9, 2020
While the campaign is likely to be an embarrassing spectacle—similar in style and substance to Trump fixer Rudy Giuliani’s comical press conference on the backside of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia over the weekend—observers urged the media not to give Trump allies a platform to spout their potentially dangerous lies.
“The Trump campaign’s strategy is basically to completely undermine faith in democracy,” tweeted Parker Malloy, editor-at-large at Media Matters for America. “TV bookers, know this: if you invite people from this campaign on to discuss their bogus claims, do it knowing this is the strategy.”
Dr. Rob Davidson, executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, denounced the president for planning more in-person rallies as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies nationwide. As Common Dreams has reported, Trump’s campaign rallies have been linked to upticks in coronavirus cases in host counties across the country.
“Donald Trump plans to hold more rallies to throw fuel onto the pandemic fire. This is truly unconscionable,” Davidson tweeted. “Who will stop him from killing more people?”
Power-hungry Republicans do not fear Trump — it’s worse than that
There’s a presumption at work among members of the Washington press corps that needs rethinking. That presumption is this: the Republicans, especially those in the Senate, fear the wrath of voters who have balled up their identities with the rise and fall of Donald Trump. For this reason, all the Republicans, with rare exception, stand in silence while the president prosecutes what must be called an attempted coup d’etat.
Katie Porter did not question Emily Murphy because the GSA head blew off today’s Biden transition briefing
Add General Services Administration administrator Emily Murphy to the long list of Trump administration officials who have decided respectfully honoring a lawful congressional request is optional.
Many Americans on Monday were excited to see Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) question the GSA head, but it was not to be. Tweets like this one went wild on Monday morning:
GET READY: Today Rep. Katie Porter will ask @GSAEmily and the @USGSA to explain to America why they’re blocking the Biden-Harris team from a proper transfer of power. Every lost day endangers the lives of millions of Americans across the country. pic.twitter.com/DtunHVI3xg
White woman caught stealing anti-Trump sign lectures Black man for ‘disrespecting the current president’
A white woman was caught on video admitting that she stole a sign because it was "disrespecting" President Donald Trump.
The incident was said to have occurred near Tampa, Florida. Video of the confrontation, which was said to have occurred on Election Day, was shared on social media.
The video begins as a Black man confronts the white woman, who has covered her license plate to prevent from being caught.
"Please let me go," the woman says. "Sir, I'm really sorry."
"You're sorry for what?" the man asks.
After the woman seemingly admits that she had taken the sign, the man asks her to "put it back."