Ladies and gentlemen, behold, some s*** the president said during the previous week:
We begin this week with what seems like a throwaway line, but when the question is, “Will you commit to a peaceful transferral of power if you lose the election?” The only acceptable answer is “Yes.” It’s like asking, “Is Federal Hill the best barbecue in Erie?” Or, “Does a bear shit in the woods?” Our president left the door open to some kind of attempted coup, which is not the season finale 2020 needs.
Complaining is one thing, but when the Trump campaign sued to drastically reduce mail-in ballot availability here in PA, they couldn’t cite one single instance of fraud. A fraud lawsuit is a completely separate thing than denying a peaceful transition of power, anyway. That this was part of Trump’s response to the question at all is a hint that any Trump loss will wind up in court.
Ok, now pull the fire alarm. Get rid of the ballots? Yes, I suppose without an election there can be no winner of the election. Can we speak to an adult about this?
“These ballots are a horror show. They found six ballots in an office yesterday in a garbage can.They were Trump ballots — eight ballots in an office yesterday in — but in a certain state and they were — they had Trump written on it, and they were thrown in a garbage can.”9/24/2020 Brian Kilmeade radio interview.
Wait, I thought he wanted to get rid of the ballots? In all seriousness, there seems to be much less here than meets the eye. What looks like an administrative error by a temporary contractor actually shows how difficult it would be to conduct mass fraud of this kind, because this one handful of ballots sparked an immediate investigation. It also raises uncomfortable questions about how our president could be aware of the issue before the initial DOJ press release, but that’s another story, isn’t it.
Fantasizing about canceling the election probably isn’t something you’d do if you thought you could win. Lo and behold, our president hasn’t led this race for a single day in six months:
“We’ve got to watch this ballot scam, because they’re scamming us, okay, they’re scamming us. And then they say, ‘He doesn’t want to turn over government.’ Of course I do, but it’s got to be a fair election.”9/25/2020 Trump rally at Newport News, VA.
It’s just hard to imagine our president admitting he’s lost when he’s already declaring the election to be a scam 40 days ahead of time.
Polls can be wrong, but cheating doesn’t seem to be the only way:
Yep, they’re watched. Problems are found. FBI Director Christopher Wray says there is no evidence of a national, coordinated voter fraud effort.
So, the wife of late senator (and 2008 Republican presidential nominee) John McCain endorsed Joe Biden for president, which got lost in he news this week but is really astounding when you think about it. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee (senator Mitt Romney) votes to remove Trump from office. The only other Republican president this century, George W. Bush, has been quiet on the choice in 2020, though Erie hero and Bush DHS Secretary Tom Ridge just came out for Biden. You really can’t be both a Trumper and a Republican.
The world will never know.
That’s our report for this week. Be sure to check out the links for more info on any particular topic and, as always, thanks for reading.