Nel's New Day

November 4, 2020

Election Day Filled with Intimidation, Finishes with DDT’s Demented Speech

November 3, 2020 was Election Day, and a tired and weak-sounding Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) went on state-controlled Fox television to whine. After talking about how “mean” his ex-friends are to him, he said “by far the most difficult country to deal with is the U.S.,” much worse than Russia or North Korea.

Election Day 2020 decides whether people want the U.S. to be a complete dictatorship or a democracy. On this date four years ago, the United States still hoped to elect Hillary Clinton although then-FBI Director James Comey dropped her polling with his email-release “October surprise.” Four years later, the majority of people in the U.S. hope for an end to the petty, selfish, “me-first” toddler behavior from the Oval Office. 

My home state of Oregon, which knows how to conduct complete vote-by-mail, settled the vote within a few minutes after the deadline for ballots to be received. I lost some of my preferred candidates, but Shemia Fagan won the Secretary of State, second to the governor and in charge of electoral issues. Her opposition destroyed her business’s documents after financially defrauding the state, and I wondered if she would do the same with ballots of the opposite party. 

Throughout Election Day, GOP and Democratic groups avidly watched the counting of ballots. The GOP leader, Mike Roman, began his reputation in 1993 by persuading a judge to throw out hundreds of mail-in ballots to seat his candidate, Bruce Marks, in the Pennsylvania State Senate after the Democratic candidate received more votes. As DDT railed against vote-by-mail, he focused only on that state, ignoring the other 80+ percent of states also using the same method. Roman ran GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch’s political network intelligence unit. With volunteers from DDT’s “Army for Trump” website, Roman collected 50,000 supporters plus paid full-time staff in only 11 battleground states. Marks made his legal career representing wealthy Ukrainian and Russian clients.

GOP intimidation continued throughout the day. Robocalls in heavily Democratic Flint (MI) told people to wait until Wednesday—the day after Election Day—to vote because the lines will be shorter. This message is like last year’s scam when robocalls told people that Republicans should vote on Tuesday (Election Day) and Democrats on Wednesday (the day after Election Day). Once again Republicans figure they can’t win if they don’t cheat. Residents in Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, and North Carolina received threatening robocalls telling them to “stay safe and stay home,” and other robocalls in Michigan also told people about “ballot sensor issues.”  

Again, DDT’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany violated the Hatch Act, like many of DDT’s “loyalists,” by politicking for her boss on Fox network. She told the hosts of Fox & Friend that “Democrat [sic] cities” will “send The Left out to attack you” if “you don’t choose The Left’s chosen candidate.” McEnany argued “the left should not be given federal power” and then called for “democracy,” which DDT hates. She made her comments after DDT repeatedly praised a group of his supporters, who he called “patriots,” for attempting to run Biden supporters off an interstate in Texas.

Earlier, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dropped any pretense of appearing ethical when he introduced DDT at a Florida rally. About the violence from DDT supporters in Texas, he said, “We love what they did.” He continued, “We do that in Florida every day. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro described the violence as “ordinary Americans just taking this election into their own hands.”

Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp seemingly rigged the computers in the past, had to resort to paper ballots after the computers broke—again. A poll worker said the scanners were locked and election workers couldn’t get into the machines. The county said it wouldn’t extend voting hours without a court order. The problem was finally diagnosed as faulty loading of information, and the court did extend voting hours to 11:00 pm. The state also delayed delivery of voting equipment to Democratic areas such as Fulton County, the center of Atlanta. Two years ago, Georgia didn’t provide power cords for voting machines and locked up 2,000 voting machines so they weren’t available to areas with high Democratic turnout.

Through social media, Trump supporters openly planned to drive their caravans of vehicles at polling sites, potentially causing problems with election security and violent confrontations despite laws in some states against campaigning on or near polls. Referring to slowly driving around the parking lot of a voting center in Maryland, one organizer said, “There’s nobody that can stop us.” At least 18 of the event organizers reportedly support conspiracy-ridden QAnon. Targeting racially diverse areas, one group of Trump supporters yelled racial slurs at children in Marin City (CA) and another provoked an alteration with residents in Fort Worth (TX). A caravan blocked access to a Temecula (CA) voting center, and a Louisville (KY) Trump supporter directed traffic with a gun at a high school. That’s McEnany’s “democracy.

DDT’s new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, failed to follow a court order to search for and deliver ballots, blocking at least 300,000 of them from arriving at election offices.

Sunday night, DDT told a Michigan audience his son Barron recovered from COVID-19 in 12 seconds. He said that proves children should immediately go back to school. Last week, over 61,000 children contacted coronavirus, 11 percent of all the COVID-19 cases. Some people thought he might have been sedated because of his incomprehensible comments:

“They said, ‘Sir, Barron … just tested positive.’ I said , ‘Tested positive for what?’ “For Corona.’ See, I like the China virus. Or I like the plague from China, but a lot of people use it like it sounds like an island in Italy. I said it’s not Corona. But, ‘Just tested positive for Corona.’ I said, ‘Wow, I don’t like that. That’s not good.’ Barron, you know he’s strong, very tall, he’s only 14-years-old, but he’s very tall. … And he’s a good boy, but he just tested positive. And I said, ‘Wow.’ Then about 12 minutes later I see the doctor. ‘Doctor, how’s Barron doing?’ “Oh, it’s okay, he’s fine now. Took him about 12 seconds to get rid of it.’ Because they’re young and they have a strong immune system. He got better like so fast. You know what I say? Let the kids go to school.”

Allan Nairn wrote, “The Republicans are working harder to stop votes from being cast and counted than they are to stop the spread of the deadly virus Covid-19.” On Election Day, 94,463 people in the U.S. were newly infected, and 1,199 more people died from COVID-19.

From the glorious blog of Margaret and Helen comes this advice—too late for Election Day but still worth pondering:

“It’s unimaginable. Forty percent of Americans are ok with hating the other 60% of their fellow Americans because Trump told them to be afraid. Forty percent of Americans are fine having a President who has 26 credible accusations of sexual assault and bragged about it on video. Forty percent of Americans watched an adult make fun of a disabled person and 4 years later they want more of that. Forty percent of Americans gladly gave up their confederate flags and white hoods and replaced them with a Trump flag and a red MAGA hat. Forty percent of Americans can kiss my ass.

“We are supposed to be better than this. We are supposed to be Americans first and political foes second. Under any other Presidency we would all be wearing masks because Americans have always taken care of Americans in times of crisis. We have our flaws, but we’ve always come together when we had to. But under this guy, under Trump, we couldn’t’ even come together to fight a global pandemic. Wearing a mask is just too much to ask. Grandparents have lived long enough evidently because wearing a mask to protect them was just too much of an inconvenience. You have asthma. Heart disease. Cancer. An unknown health risk. Screw all of you because that mask is uncomfortable.

“Is this who you want to be America? Is this as good as it gets? This idiot? This thin, orange skinned, balding sex offender? Margaret and I hope not. We both married and have now buried veterans who fought for this country. In their honor and in their memory, we implore you. Vote. Him.Out.”

In the ultimate intimidation, DDT came out with his family at 2:20 am EST to address 150 maskless political guests in the White House, telling them that he already won the election, calling wins in states where a large number of ballots have not been counted. He wants “all voting to stop,” perhaps meaning “counting” because “voting” stopped hours ago. Except in Arizona where he hoped to win. At the time of his speech, DDT was behind in both the number of electoral college votes (221-213) and the popular vote (65,876,111-64,300,836), leaving 104 electoral college votes in play. After DDT’s speech, Joe Biden picked up another 11 Electoral College votes by winning Arizona. DDT incoherently said, “What happens to the election? It’s off. They’ll take us to court.” He followed that by saying he’s going to the Supreme Court, presumably to block any more counting of ballots. Let the games begin—or continue.

 

 

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