Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Come And Get Me

President Trump wasn't kidding. He wasn't trolling, and it wasn't a slip of the tongue. It was a warning.

With all GOP Justices in the majority, the US Supreme Court on Monday overturned a lower court order blocking an effort by GOP state legislators in Wisconsin to prevent extension of absentee voting to April 13.  Supreme Court Republicans believe it is better for Americans to stand next to each other in long lines and risk the lives of themselves and others to vote amidst a pandemic. Wisconsin Republicans agree, though they'd prefer Democrats not to vote at all because a key state Supreme Court race is on the ballot.
In dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote "The Court’s order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement. A voter cannot deliver for postmarking a ballot she has not received. Yet tens of thousands of voters who timely requested ballots are unlikely to receive them by April 7, the Court’s postmark deadline." 

(Nonetheless, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh yet again thank all those progressives" who couldn't bring themselves to vote for "corporatist" Hillary Clinton.)
As in 2016, voter suppression is key to GOP strategy for 2020, especially in the crucial state of Wisconsin, as it was in 2016.

However, it's always critical to have a backup plan, and Donald Trump made his fallback position quite clear in the task force briefing on Monday:

In 2018, Bill Maher told Larry King

That's what worries me most about Trump. He's not going if he lose, even if he loses, in 2020.... We don't trust the election process anymore. He's going to say "it's rigged, it's unfair. I'm still really the President. I still won." 

Testifying before the House Oversight Committee fourteen months ago, Michael Cohen explained (beginning at 1:18 of the video below)

Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.

Some people say ("people are saying," Donald Trump sometimes states) that Donald Trump is not only ignorant, but also stupid. However, he's already planning to manipulate the November election (assuming there is one) and planning his strategy in the event he loses. And it's not to depart because, as he now has warned us, "they shouldn't be allowed to win."

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