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March 1, 2021

2021 CPAC: From Idolatry to Nazism

This year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) had an extremely limited set of policies—easy to remember: the election was rigged, and liberals are trying to “cancel culture.” There were no surprises. The hate-filled, fear-mongering event loved Deposed Donald Trump (DDT), and the majority wants him elected president in 2024 for the “third time” after what they falsely maintained was a rigged election in 2020. DDT plans no new party; he assumes he’ll win with the current one. Basically, the attendees spent four days whining.

On Sunday, the last day of CPAC, the DDT-worshipping cult soaked up 90 minutes of their religious leader’s words after admiring his golden statue for four days and pledging their allegiance to them. Reminiscent of the Bible’s golden calf, DDT’s graven image was associated with Moses’ brother, Aaron, who gave into pressure from the Israelites who gave up hope that Moses would bring their Lord’s law down from Mt. Sinai. Aaron collected all the people’s jewelry and melted it down to create an idol to another god. Worshipping the golden calf, possibly the Canaanite fertility god Bael, is considered apostasy, a rejection of a once confessed faith. Throughout the entire conference, the faithful to DDT, once following white evangelical Protestantism (WEP), obediently supported his lies.

Evangelicals revere violence to obtain the ends and honored the people who physically attacked police officers in their way when breaching the U.S. Capitol. The uniform strategy for DDT’s GOP encourages violence against and exclusion of everyone who refuses to completely follow their position.

Created by artist Tommy Zegan, the golden DDT, 200 pounds and over six feet tall, was made in Mexico where Zegan is a resident. It perfectly represents the GOP and DDT’s adoration of wealth and their willingness to abandon all principles for its acquisition. evangelicals exchanged their belief in emulating Christ to adoring a serial sexual assaulter whose only goal was to make more money.

In the biblical story about the golden calf, Moses became so furious with the idol that he burned it, put its ashes into water, and made Israelites drink it. God (Yahweh) was so angry he was responsible for 3,000 men killed the day Moses returned. He “blotted” the others out of his book and sent them to die in the wilderness for idolatry.

Right Side Broadcasting, a conservative media outlet founded in 2015, was streaming CPAC when it used a disclaimer to cut away during a panel discussion presenting the lie that DDT won the 2020 election. A host told viewers:

“There’s a lot of sensitive topics being talked about right now. We want everyone to do their own research in regards to what they’re talking about in this discussion right now—anything with the election, anything like that. It’s important to do your own research.”

The host’s colleague echoed the sentiment because voting technology companies are suing people and media outlets for billions if they present debunked conspiracy theories as facts and falsely accuse these companies of stealing the election for Biden. A Right Side host interrupted MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell when he claimed, “You stub your toe, and they say ‘Oh, you’ve got COVID!” The host warned Lindell that YouTube could “shut down” the media platform “if we talk about vaccines.” Lindell had called the vaccine the “mark of the beast,” a sign for those who worship the antichrist.

Almost two dozen GOP representatives gave proxy votes against the stimulus bills using “the ongoing health emergency” as the excuse before they headed off to CPAC. At least ten of them were CPAC speakers. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) first spoke at CPAC’s extremist alternative America First Political Action Committee (AFPAC), also meeting in Florida. Gosar’s speech followed that of former Rep. Steve King (R-IA), stripped by Republicans of committee assignments for racist positions before he failed to be re-elected. AFPAC’s organizer, Nick Fuentes, has been banned from YouTube for his hate speech. After Gosar’s AFPAC speech, Fuentes blamed Black Lives Matter activists of wanting “a new racial caste system in this country, with Whites at the bottom.” Fuentes called the January 6 insurrection “awesome.” 

This proxy is Gosar’s third since January 21 after lambasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for permitting House members to vote by proxy because of health concerns. On February 2, Gosar deleted his tweet from 35 weeks earlier stating, “Pelosi’s ‘proxy voting’ scheme is shameful and constitutional.” At CPAC, Gosar denied he is a racist and tried to distance himself from AFPAC. 

CPAC speech samples:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw his constituents under the bus when he tried to overlook abandoning them by escaping to a warmer clime while they suffered and sometimes died from the failure of the Texas power grid:

“I got to say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancún—but it’s nice!”

His “cancel culture” speech ridiculed the left and the media, telling them to “lighten up” about issues such as wearing masks and protests of police brutality. He explained Houston had no protests because of “what the people of Texas think about the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.” Another brunt of his ridicule was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being afraid when a mob of 800 broke into the Capitol to kill congressional members.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who received DDT’s Medal of Freedom for leaking House committee secrets to the White House, claimed President Obama stole the election for Joe Biden in 2020 with a conspiracy to have absentee voting. Nunes omitted any mention of expanding mail-in vote because of the pandemic when he talked about the idea in “April or May.” [At that time, DDT discouraged people voting by mail.] Deroy Murdock, a conservative writer, blamed judges for the January 6 riots who rejected the frivolous lawsuits about the election.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), the man photographed with his fist raised in the air indicating solidarity with DDT’s mob readying to attack the U.S. Capitol, returned after the insurrection and voted to overturn the election on January 6. At CPAC, he accused politicians, historians, and academicians describing slavery and white supremacy in American history of hating the country and its culture. An editorial from his hometown newspaper didn’t let him get away with it. The Kansas City Star wrote: [find photo]

“We didn’t so much start with nothing as we stole what was here before we got here from Native Americans. And when we did end slavery, after a war in which the Confederacy—whose heroes Hawley defends—fought to preserve it, we were awfully late coming around. And then did everything possible, through Jim Crow laws, to keep things as inequitable as they had been. This doesn’t mean we hate America; it means we recognize reality, and see the need to learn from it.”

The editorial board also wrote about the GOP-maligned Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), saying Hawley and others’ cries for “America First” parallels Nazi sympathizers  in the 1930s. Cheney has been attacked for declaring that “it’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another presidential wannabe who came in second only to DDT in CPAC’s presidential candidate straw vote, promised conservatives would never return to “the failed Republican establishment of yesteryear.” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said, “We represent the pro-Trump, America-first wing of the conservative movement.” Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) vowed to “never bend the knee to a politically correct mob,” meaning protesters and not insurrectionists. 

Speakers pledged to “fight,” but no one knew exactly for what.

DDT’s speech was chockfull of lies. A few oddities: 

“[The Supreme Court] didn’t have the guts or the courage to make the right decision.”

“[The Republican Party] is becoming the party of love. Just look outside.”

One remarkable moment at CPAC came when a woman asked about fixing voting machines that “switched thousands and thousands of votes.” GOP attorney Charlie Spies told her, “There is just zero evidence that’s true.” The audience heckled him.

The conference with a theme of “America Uncanceled” that embraced racism did cancel one scheduled speaker, announcing his “reprehensible views [had] no home with our conference or our organization.” The person, Young Pharaoh, espouses anti-Semitic views popular with QAnon talking points. On his late night show, Stephen Colbert mockingly ridiculed CPAC for the cancelation, saying that “conservatives don’t want to be associated with anyone like that. It could sully the good name of the mob with aluminum bats trying to murder Mike Pence.”

One person not canceled was Hiroaki “Jay” Aeba, “the political head of a Japanese religious cult that promotes nationalism, xenophobia and the belief that its leader is the reincarnation of an alien from Venus who created life on earth millions of years ago,” according to David Gilbert. As leader of Happy Science, Aeba believes he is the Messiah and sells “miracle cures” for COVID-19. Like Scientology, the cult is focused on making money; “cures” can cost up to $400. The group’s aim, however, is political, worldwide, with CPAC part of its method to achieve its goal.

CPAC’s stage design matches its neo-Nazi inclination with a depiction of the Norse othala, or odal, rune used by Nazis during World War II adopted to “reconstruct a mythic ‘Aryan’ past,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. The rune also appeared at the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville (VA) that include anti-Semitic chants.

January 5, 2021

January 5: Georgia Turns Bluer, GOP Plans Coup

Democrat Democrat Warnock has been declared winner of the Georgia senate seat to replace Kelly Loeffler, and Democrat Jon Ossoff has a small lead against David Perdue. Dictator Donald Trump (DDT), who always wants instant gratification, won’t be happy. Just like he wasn’t happy with his 62-minute telephone call to Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to beg and demand the 11,780 votes to flip the state for him. He expects Raffenperger to “find” the votes and “recalculate.”

No knows who leaked the tape. Raffensperger admitted to taping the call, and several people participated in the conversation from DDT’s end. One source stated Raffensperger had said he wouldn’t release the tape of the call unless DDT “attacked him or misrepresented the call.” In a tweet, DDT accused Raffensperger of being “unwilling, or unable, to answer questions” about election fraud conspiracy theories, a falsehood according to the tape. When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Raffensperger earlier this year and asked him to destroy ballots, Raffensperger said he was glad he had a tape of the call to prove Graham’s lying denial to ask for certification of Georgia for DDT. No matter who leaked the conversation between DDT and Raffensperger, DDT may have committed a crime. Steve Benen wrote:

“Richard Nixon’s Watergate tapes were obviously a turning point in history. By most measures, these new revelations are considerably worse. The abuse is direct and unambiguous. The corruption is overt and deliberate. The recording is a bit like a glorified confession. We’ve known for weeks that Trump has been engaged in a lobbying effort, targeting state officials in the hopes that they’ll overturn election results he doesn’t like, but it wasn’t until yesterday that we heard the precise nature of his perverse pitch—which includes elements of madness, extortion, and fraud.”

GOP response? They have no problem with DDT’s criminal interference in a presidential election, but they are outraged by the leaking of the tape.

Since the general election, DDT’s followers believed the lies about election fraud, including a large number of congressional members—140 in the House and a baker’s dozen in the Senate—who then claim people who believe the GOP leadership lies about the concern regarding election fraud “deserve to be heard.” Like in 60+ losing court cases?  The only “reason” provided for widespread election fraud is that DDT couldn’t possibly lose the election. Fox network’s Tucker Carlson blames DDT’s loss on “virtually every power center on Earth [including] big business, Wall Street, the defense establishment, pharma, the permanent bureaucracy in Washington and above all, Silicon Valley.”

On January 6, congressional members hope to keep DDT in the Oval Office by protesting the states’ legal certification of Electoral College votes, forcing each chamber into a two-hour session for each protest. If one chamber—such as the House with a Democratic majority—accepts election votes, they remain valid. Several Republicans in the Senate have indicated disgust and dismay with the 13 trying to overturn the election in favor of DDT and promise to vote against the conservative opposition to democracy.

When the 117th House of Representatives was convened, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) challenged “the seating of members-elect from the states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” (North Carolina’s vote was closer than Michigan’s, but the GOP doesn’t mind because DDT won North Carolina.) Roy pointed out the claims of election fraud could also taint the elections of representatives and senators from these states because the same process was used to elect them.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), elected as an independent after her state’s GOP ran another candidate, opposes the coup because she “swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution“:

“I will vote to affirm the 2020 presidential election. The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results.”

On his Facebook page, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) posted:

“When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single Congressional Republican allege that the election results were fraudulent – not one. Instead, I hear them talk about their worries about how they will ‘look’ to President Trump’s most ardent supporters…

“The president and his allies are playing with fire. They have been asking—first the courts, then state legislatures, now the Congress – to overturn the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called on judges and are now calling on federal officeholders to invalidate millions and millions of votes. If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.

“We have a bunch of ambitious politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term damage. But they’re wrong—and this issue is bigger than anyone’s personal ambitions. Adults don’t point a loaded gun at the heart of legitimate self-government.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) mourned, “Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”

Other GOP congressional members are coming out to vote against the challenge, including Sens. Jim Inhofe (OK), Jerry Moran (KS), Tim Scott (SC), and Tom Cotton (AR).  

Leaders of the attempted coup to overturn the presidential election struggled to provide rationales for their seditious behavior. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has lost court cases to reverse the election, said that if legal elections are not nullified, “it will mean the end of our republic, the end of the experiment in self-government.” About his defeats, he called for violence, for the losers to “be as violent as antifa and [Black Lives Matter].”

A coup leader, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) attacked Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) for “shameless personal attacks” and “unfounded claims” about many court cases and AG Bill Barr’s statement disproving election fraud. Toomey also wrote about democracy being “the right of the people to elect their own leaders.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized people for their opposition in overturning a legal election. He told them to “calm down” and “tone down the rhetoric.”

Members of the coup who appeared on television like Hawley and Rep Clay Higgins (R-LA) cannot cite any evidence of “election crimes.” Two of them—Cruz and Hawley—aim at a 2024 run for the White House if DDT ever gets out of the way. Even VP Mike Pence, another presidential wannabe, said he “welcomes” the opposition to Biden’s win. 

Monday, DDT told a rally audience “if [Pence] doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much” after he told the crowd Pence would overturn the election results in DDT’s favor. At a lunch with DDT, Pence tried to explain he may not have the power to block the electoral votes for Joe Biden’s victory despite DDT’s false claim “the Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.” Pence knows his role on January 6 is to preside over the counting of the vote and read them without changing them. Yet DDT maintains:

“The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.”

DDT prefers people believe the election was stolen from him instead of thinking he lost. Initially, DDT knew he lost, according to advisers, but a small group of insiders fed his delusion about erasing Biden’s win. Cleta Mitchell, an attorney advising DDT during his telephone call, left the law firm Foley & Lardner because its policy is not to represent “any parties seeking to contest the results of the election.”

The pro-coup Republicans in Congress use their MO of beating down the opposition with illegitimate arguments to destroy the reputations of Democrats. The GOP had ten hearings, one of them 11 hours long, about Hillary Clinton after four deaths at the diplomatic outpost at Benghazi. House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blatantly stated the reason was to lower Clinton’s poll numbers. Now Republicans want a commission to audit already audited election results already examined in 60+ court cases where 80 judges, including some appointed by DDT, ruled no fraud.

Overturning the election doesn’t appeal to supporters of states’ rights who are opposed to the federal government making decisions, especially the U.S. president. Business leaders also know that this attempt decreases the stability of the nation: 200 leaders of the biggest companies signed a letter of protest to “thwart or delay” the electoral process.

Arrests of DDT supporters in Washington, D.C. for assault and carrying weapons started on Tuesday. The leader of the Proud Boys is banned in D.C. after his arrest for destroying a Black Lives Matter banner at an historic Black church in the city and carrying two “high-capacity firearm magazines.” D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser mobilized 340 National Guard members to help police after permission from the city’s National Guard commanding general Maj. Gen. William J. Walker and acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller. Guns are also banned “within 1,000 feet of First Amendment Activities” (aka protests) on January 4-7. The city also blocks openly carrying firearms, and licensing for concealed carry must be from the District of Columbia.

And the ignored COVID-19 surges. On January 5, 15 days before the inauguration, new infections in the U.S. are 226,593 and new deaths 3,543. Total deaths are 365,664—closing in on the 400,000 expected on Inauguration Day.

Georgia Goes to the Polls

Georgia’s runoff election on January 5 will determine the extent of gridlock in the U.S. government for the next two years. If at least one of the two GOP incumbents, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, wins, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will block every action from the House and President Joe Biden. If both Raphael Warnock, a Black pastor involved in social and political activism, and Jon Ossoff, who almost won a special congressional GOP-leaning district in 2017, win, the people of the United States will benefit.

Corruption – the GOP:

The runoff is a gold mine for GOP campaigns. Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) is collecting money supposedly for the GOP candidates but gives them nothing. Other politicians duplicate the scam although some of them keep only half the take: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT) along with Reps. Cathy McMorris Roberts (R-WA), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC).

Republicans aren’t comfortable voting in this election because conspiracy theorists such as attorney Lin Wood and convicted Michael Flynn told them to boycott the election because it’s rigged. DDT briefly supported the GOP candidates at Monday’s rally before he launched into a long rant about election fraud.

Corruption – the Candidates:

Barack Obama said:

“Every single voter in Georgia should know that both of their Senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, profited to the tune of $20 million as a result of their insider trading stemming from classified briefings they received on the coronavirus in January. For months Perdue and Loeffler questioned if the virus was real, obstructed relief for small businesses and unemployed Georgians, and pressured the Supreme Court to strike down protections for Georgians living with pre-existing conditions during a historic pandemic. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, they made off like bandits as their own constituents died.”

Corruption – Kelly Loeffler:

  • Made last-minute “irregular” contributions reports without employment information for hundreds of donors and misleading information about employers or their positions, including lobbyists and executives with corporate or personal ties to herself.
  • Donated $67,200 to herself in 24 donations of exactly $2,800, possibly fencing these for donors who already gave the maximum allowable amount.  
  • Sits on the Senate committee with direct oversight over the top global financial firm, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), founded by her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, who owns the New York Stock Exchange and where Loeffler worked for over a decade.
  • Owns between $5 million and $25 million in ICE stock.
  • Helped ease regulations to benefit Bakkt, a new market for trading Bitcoin in which she once owned $15.6 million, and another two subsidiaries in which she holds large investments.
  • Failed to identify donors from the Asplundh family, owners of the multibillion-dollar infrastructure clearing company, which one of Loeffler’s committees oversees.
  • Received donations from CEO and CFO of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company XPO Logistics which plans to go public to trade on the NYSE owned by her husband.
  • Made 27 trades between $1.2 million and $3.1 million to dump stocks likely to lose money from the developing disaster after a classified briefing about the upcoming pandemic while saying COVID-19 will be no problem.
  • Cost Georgians an additional $18 million in heating and gas bills between 2006 and 2007 by helping a firm acquire natural gas stock in highly speculative unregulated energy trading.
  • Illegally solicited campaign donations on Fox network while standing inside the U.S. Capitol.
  • Claimed on annual reports she used her private jet to “save taxpayer money” but takes taxpayer-funded commercial flights to and from her home, at first-class cost.
  • Repeatedly poses with white supremacists and other members of extremist groups for photo shots and claims she doesn’t know who they are.
  • Interviewed by neo-Nazi collaborator at One American News network to attack the Black Lives Matter political organization.
  • Celebrated endorsement from racist QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA.

In last weekend’s campaign, Loeffler went over the edge in lying and racism. She accused her opponent, Raphael Warnock, of being involved in child and domestic abuse, hiding, and accepting a donation from Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer. Warnock had insisted a juvenile at a church camp have representation before being questioned by law enforcement about alleged child abuse. Neither Warnock nor the juvenile was a suspect, and all charges were dropped because of “miscommunication.” The donor, David Boies, is a member of a law firm defending people on the right and left; the firm donated to a PAC supporting both Warnock and Ossoff for U.S. Senate.

Corruption – David Perdue:

  • Sued for wage theft and discrimination while losing $150 million in two years as CEO of Dollar General before leaving with a $42 million bonus
  • Purchased shares in a company selling body bags while saying that COVID-19 is no problem.
  • Sold his Washington, D.C. home off-market to an official in an industry regulated by the Senate Banking Committee on which he sits.
  • Promoted government contracts for FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, while owning shares in the company.
  • Made 2,596 trades since joining the Senate. (Martha Stewart went to prison over one trade.)
  • Couldn’t face Jon Ossoff in any more debates after Ossoff asked him about these accusations.
  • Built his career by moving businesses and jobs offshore, particularly to Asian low-wage factories, resulting in loss of jobs in Southern mill towns.
  • Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments.
  • Panders to racists; i.e., repeatedly and deliberately mispronouncing VP Kamala Harris’ first name in a rally and elongating the nose of Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, in ad photos.
  • Bought stock in company supplying nuclear components for Navy submarines a month before he became chair of the seapower subcommittee and added a multibillion-dollar nuclear submarine to the nation’s defenses.
  • Bought stock in Regions Financial before co-sponsoring a bill to loosen regulations for banks like Regions.
  • Ordered the sale of $1 million in Cardlytics after lying about his trades being made by an independent adviser.
  • Supported Loeffler by pushing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin into a regulation giving a tax break benefiting Loeffler as co-owner of Atlanta’s WNBA team.

Religious Attacks:

Loeffler’s real religion is stock trading, but she attacked the Rev. Raphael Warnock’s religious beliefs and sermons as “radically liberal.” Like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Warnock preaches the liberation of the oppressed and the Christian moral responsibility to oppose racism and other societal sins. Ten days before Warnock entered the race, Loeffler gave a speech in his church where she said, “Dr. King’s call to service, to sacrifice, to put others first—it shaped our home and inspired us to ask what Dr. King asked the world: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Voter Suppression:

The far-right conservative Texas group, True the Vote, illegally joined Georgia’s GOP to challenge the eligibility of 360,000 voters across the entire state, starting on the first day of Georgia’s early voting. State law allows individual voters to challenge another voter’s eligibility, a law True the Vote uses. Some counties ruled against the practice, but Muscogee County, home to the state’s second largest city, allowed the complaints, requiring a large number of provisional ballots requiring proof of eligibility to have the ballots counted. 

The GOP filed a lawsuit blocking newly registered voters in Georgia from voting if they moved from another state where they voted for a senator and asked all ballots be separated for those who registered in Georgia between November 4 and December 7. The plaintiffs used selected language from the 1965 Voting Right Act.

Two Georgia counties closed several early voting locations in majority-Black and Latino communities. They were forced to reinstate them but not until four days before early voting ended.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger claimed Georgia had no election fraud but opened investigations into four progressive groups registering voters with the effect of disenfranchising them. He claimed they “sought to register ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters.”

Federal judges rejected GOP lawsuits to restrict absentee voting after hundreds of thousands of people had already voted by mail or in person. Two goals were to block the use of drop-boxes and raise the requirements for signature verifiers to accept absentee ballots.

Last week, a federal judge ordered two counties to reverse their purges of over 4,000 from the rolls before the runoff election. The voters had been removed because they appeared to match USPS change-of-address records, an unreliable source of residence changes.

Conclusion:

Surveys are uncertain about the winners, but a record 3 million people, at least 100,000 of them first-time voters, have voted before the final day on January 5. A left-learning youth group, Peaches for Progress, has joined Gen Z for change, using TikTok to encourage younger voters. Some of Ossoff’s videos have over a million views. Voters 18-29, 20 percent of the Georgia electorate in the general election, may have turned Georgia blue by voting for Biden. About 23,000 Georgians turned 18 since the general election on November 3.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m. (EST), but anyone in line by that time can vote. People may not know the results for two weeks, and Republicans will likely not accept any losses. Watch for the fallout!

January 3, 2021

Growing Disasters Face DDT

The U.S. has finally found its election fraud—the continuing attempt by Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) to rig the election in his favor by coercing Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger into giving him the votes he needed to win the state. “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” a desperate DDT told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a telephone call on January 2, 2021, lasting over an hour. According to DDT, that number is just one more than he needs to take the state’s vote from President-elect Joe Biden.

During his rambling narrative, DDT begged, flattered, threatened, cajoled, and berated Raffensperger while the state secretary of state and his office’s general counsel refuted DDT’s conspiracy theories of election fraud. In demanding those 11,780 votes for himself, DDT told Raffensperger that he should just “recalculate” because he’s a Republican. Raffensperger refused, and the next day DDT smeared him with false accusations. Georgia has made three recounts, one by hand, and audited the signature match system, proving it is 99.9 percent accurate. Acting like a mob boss, DDT told Raffensperger he was taking a “big risk” in not overturning the vote in his favor.

Because most of the media released under five minutes of the hour-long call, DDT angrily tweeted about the missing remainder of the call. The entire call, however, is at the Boston Globe. David Shafer, Georgia GOP chair, said DDT is filing charges against Raffensperger, stating that leaking the call violates both state and federal law.

Neal Katyal, former DOJ Principal Deputy Solicitor General, has called for a criminal investigation by the DOJ. He also finds DDT’s telephone call an impeachable offense because it’s an abuse of power, using “the power of his office to stay in office to try and browbeat other officials that disagree with them.”

In The Guardian, Helen Sullivan listed six key points of DDT’s telephone call:

  1. Trump sought to change the election result.
  2. Trump tried to intimidate Raffensperger.
  3. Trump applied pressure over Georgia runoffs, by saying Raffensperger would harm the election for two GOP senators in Tuesday’s election if he didn’t give DDT the votes.
  4. Raffensperger continued to stand up to Trump.
  5. Trump may have committed a crime.
  6. Trump refused to back down.

Chief of staff Mark Meadows, also on the call, said he hoped Raffensperger would, in a “spirit of cooperation and compromise,” find a path to overturn Georgia’s certified election results already counted two times, once with a hand count. Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher called the recording “perhaps the most remarkable piece of audio that has come out of the Oval Office of the White House since the Nixon tapes in the 1970s.” DDT begged/demanded his votes 19 times during the call, once every three minutes, one time saying, “Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”

DDT’s week leading up to this telephone call was also horrible for him. He returned early from Mar-a-Lago, ostensibly to develop a strategy with Congress to say in the Oval Office for another four years, but perhaps because he didn’t receive the same adulation as before he lost the election. His arrival in Washington, D.C. came while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was blocking DDT’s personal demand for $2,000 stimulus checks and moving forward to overturn DDT’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

In a highly unusual Senate session on New Year’s Day, while many people were recovering from the previous evening’s festivities, the Senate overturned DDT’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 81-13—two yes votes fewer than the original vote of 83-14. The House vote to overturn the veto, 335-78, was less than the first—322-87—because people like Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refused to disagree with his boss’s veto. The over two-thirds vote in both chambers makes the current law the 60th consecutive one and the first time in DDT’s almost four-year term Republicans were brave enough to override a DDT veto.

DDT threatened to veto the NDAA if it renamed ten military bases honoring Confederate officials. Then he said he wanted the repeal of the liability shield for social media companies. In 17 days, he can no longer tweet incitement violence and conspiracy theories on Twitter after losing his immunity a a “leader” and wants to sue the company if it gets in his way. His next objection was vague protests about not controlling China.

The law, however, contains restrictions disturbing DDT, including those on moving the military construction budget through emergency orders as he did to get his wall and a president’s ability to arbitrarily pull troops from foreign countries. DDT had announced he would pull service members from Afghanistan and threatened to do the same in Germany.  

The NDAA contains a provision possibly even even worse for DDT. It outlaws anonymous shell companies to help the U.S. in its battle against money laundering and terrorist financing. The new Corporate Transparency Act requires a report filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) identifying all beneficial owners and applicants forming a company registered to do business in the U.S. These people either own 25 percent or more of the company or exercise substantial control over it. Companies already subject to supervision or closely regulated by the federal government are excluded as are companies with more than 20 employees, $5 million in revenue, and a physical presence in the U.S. Private-equity and hedge-fund sector lobbying obtained other exemptions such as domestic investment funds advised and operated by a registered investment adviser.

The Act also protects whistleblowers who provide information to the authorities about the companies’ activities.

A shell company exists only on paper, has no employees, and makes or sells no products. It may not even have revenue—just a bank account and some assets to make it look legit. Anonymous shell companies are used to secretly move money through corruption and other criminal activities, thus making the work of compliance officials and law enforcement more difficult. A recent FinCen Files investigation found no one could discover who was behind the $2 trillion dollars moving through shell companies. The Tax Justice Network ranks the U.S. as second most secretive jurisdiction in the world, behind only the Cayman Islands and ahead of Switzerland, known for extreme secrecy in banking. Luxury real estate in wealthy New York and Miami locations rival Swiss bank accounts for rich clients. Journalists investigating leaked documents from FinCen discovered shell companies moving money for criminals operating out of Russia, China, Iran, and Syria.

Almost 2 million corporations and LLCs are registered each year at the state level in the U.S., and few states require companies to list actual owners. Delaware and a few others use anonymous companies for big business. Tax cheats deprive governments worldwide of $427 billion a year.

Shell companies allow criminals in the U.S. to easily evade taxes, launder money, and make illegal payoffs. Because social media doesn’t know who is buying advertising, shell companies are very popular in politics. DDT and his family have made use of shell companies when his fixer Michael Cohen paid off Stormy Daniels and Jared Kushner siphoned almost $700 million from DDT’s campaign donations. That’s likely the tip of the iceberg. Of the approximately 500 LLCs DDT put on his 2018 financial disclosure, including Mar-a-Lago, over half were registered in Delaware which doesn’t require reporting financial information or the owner’s identity.

Another report about the incompetence and illegality of his appointees in HHS came out this week, starting when Tom Novotny was fired as Assistant Surgeon General soon after DDT’s inauguration. His adviser, Joshua Prasad, went days later after his email announcing Novotny’s send off party, “The End of Science and Medicine.” That firing was used as an example, and more fired people are telling about legal and ethical violations although they were warned to be quiet. The department’s lack of abilities, so obvious during the COVID-19 crisis, began years ago with the tension from undermining the mission and trust of HHS. Political appointees from conservative religious groups also destroyed successful programs such as reducing pregnancy among teenage girls. They also wasted money by paying outside consultants doing the work of career officials, required prayer at meetings, and pushed their personal and political ideologies on career staff. The result is a completely demoralized department.

Coming up this week: a runoff against two incumbent GOP senators in Georgia where DDT has convinced most Republicans that it’s useless to vote; the reading of the electoral votes in an environment where over 20 percent of senators and over half the representatives support DDT’s overturning the vote in favor of DDT and plan to stall the process; the congressional joint session presided over by VP Mike Pence who “welcomes” the overturn of the legal vote of the people; potential violence in the nation instigated by DDT to protest the legal vote; far more deaths from COVID-19; and whatever chaos DDT creates.

 

December 8, 2020

DDT’s Continues Losing Tactics As Deadline Nears

Today’s Transition: President-elect Joe Biden may select retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as his Secretary of Defense. If confirmed, Austin would be the first Black Pentagon chief. The four-star Army general retired in 2016 as chief of U.S. Central Command, overseeing military operations in the Middle East for three years. Confirmation would require a waiver from the law mandating a service member be out of uniform for a minimum of seven years before eligibility for defense secretary. Jim Mattis received this waiver in 2017 with a large number of Democrats in opposition. Austin supervised U.S. operations withdrawal from Iraq.

Georgia’s second recount shows the “I won” Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) losing the state by 12,670 votes of approximately five million votes cast there. Voter signatures have also been checked twice, and no more audit can be done because privacy laws required the separation of ballots and signatures. Georgia law requires electoral college representatives be selected according to the statewide vote; anything else would be illegal. Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, both Republicans, made these points after DDT demanded Kemp call a special session of the legislature so that Republicans could change the electoral votes to DDT.

Brad Raffensperg, Georgia’s secretary of state, recertified the state’s votes reaffirming President-elect Joe Biden’s majority. He said that “the results remain unchanged” after three counts of “legally cast ballots.” A federal judge also tossed Sidney Powell’s lawsuit to overturn Biden’s victory. (Scroll down to the Introduction to see how disgusted the judge is with the case.) On December 8, the “safe harbor deadline,” states must resolve all election-related disputes. Any votes certified on this date cannot be questioned. Last Friday, DDT’s campaign filed another challenge in Georgia, asking the state to order a new vote after vacating the certification.

In Michigan, a federal judge denied the request for an injunction against vote certification from DDT’s electors filed the day before Thanksgiving. She wrote:

“This lawsuit seems to be less about achieving the relief Plaintiffs seek—as much of that relief is beyond the power of this Court—and more about the impact of their allegations on People’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government. Plaintiffs ask this Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters.  This, the Court cannot, and will not, do.”

The Michigan sheriff who attempted to whitewash the threat to kidnap the state’s governor by calling it a “citizens’ arrest” has filed an evidence-free lawsuit alleging voter fraud. The plotters had threatened to execute the governor and other Democratic leaders throughout the United States.

Rudy Giuliani, now in the hospital with COVID-19, had a big influence on Arizona: the legislature shut down for a week because of lawmakers’ exposure to him. He spent over ten hours discussing his evidence-free election fraud theories with at least 13 current and future state legislators as well as two Arizona GOP representatives in the House, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs. Giuliani wore no mask, flouted social distancing guidelines, and posed for photos before private meetings with GOP lawmakers and legislative leaders the next day. Representatives-elect exposed more legislators and Capitol staff by attending an orientation later in the week. DDT’s team stated Giuliani tested negative before going to Arizona, but negative tests can happen early in the disease’s incubation period of 3-14 days.

DDT’s attempt to have the Supreme Court pick him for the Oval Office comes from Rep. Mike Kelly’s (R-PA) appeal to block all Pennsylvania‘s votes. With no reason given, Justice Samuel Alito, who set the day for his response on the day after the “safe harbor deadline,” has moved the date up one day to December 8. Even if Kelly perseveres, the move affects only 20 electoral votes, leaving Biden with 16 more than he needs to be president and DDT with 18 fewer than he needs to stay in the Oval Office. With Giuliani hospitalized, DDT has appointed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a litigator to address the Supreme Court if the case goes there. Cruz wants the high court to reject all Pennsylvania votes.

Today, in another fury, DDT called the U.S. “a third world nation.” He also—again—attacked Georgia’s GOP governor. Last week, DDT twice called the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, asking for help in changing the electoral votes from Biden to DDT. The state legislators aren’t changing the electoral college vote but have asked their congressional representatives to challenge the state’s vote on January 6. GOP Rep. Scott Perry said he would do that.

DDT’s lawyer Jenna Ellis also acts as special counsel to the Thomas More Society, a conservative legal organization challenging election results in five states through the new Amistad Project, which employs a coordinated effort to overwhelm courts with repetitive and frivolous lawsuits. Lawyers in the Amistad group include Phil Kline, a former Kansas AG disbarred because of professional misconduct, and a Minnesota attorney wanting to restrict the number of non-Christian and non-Jewish people in the U.S. DDT’s campaign gave $2.4 million to Proactive, the company handling Amistad’s media for communication and videos.

The Thomas More Society focuses on “religious liberty” and appears in the Southern Poverty Law Centers’ “Hatewatch” for its unchristian views toward everyone except straight white Christians. The Amistad Project supports voter suppression, ironic because its name is taken from the ship where kidnapped Africans revolted before they were illegally sold as slaves in Cuba in 1839. Part of the Amistad lawsuits tried to stop county election officials from accepting federal grants for safe elections. Even AG Bill Barr rejected the group’s “voter fraud” evidence.   

As if he’s still running for office, DDT has a huge “vaccine summit” planned for the White House on Tuesday with all the movers and shakers. Pfizer and Moderna, leaders in the vaccine research at this time, won’t attend because they see it only as a PR event to give DDT credit for vaccine development. Another motive for the event may be pressuring the FDA to authorize the Pfizer vaccine, set to publicly examine data later this week. Earlier, DDT alienated Pfizer by accusing the company of deliberately withholding vaccine information until after the election. Other companies involved in distribution such as FedEx, UPS, CVS, Walgreens, and McKesson may send lower-ranking executives.

Like much of the other COVID-19 management bungling, the shortage of vaccine in the U.S. is DDT’s fault. Last summer, Pfizer offered DDT the opportunity to lock in up to 500 million doses beyond the 100 million doses for 15 percent of the population from the government’s $1.95 billion deal. DDT never made the deal, and Pfizer took it to other countries. Now DDT plans an executive order to block other nations from receiving U.S. vaccine supplies until people in this country are inoculated. He probably can’t. Britain starts mass vaccination on Tuesday, and the European Union gets 200 million doses.

Another event on Tuesday is a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing about coronavirus treatments. Chair Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) lead witness Jane Orient, purveyor of conspiracy theories, is head of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, “a group that opposes government involvement in medicine and views federal vaccine mandates as a violation of human rights.” Opposed to federally required vaccinations, she promotes the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus. A few weeks ago, Johnson chaired another committee hearing about his suspicions that federal “bureaucrats” are blocking access to the drug, by relying on “disinformation” and “scaremongering.” He derided people opposed to its use for COVID-19 because it “hasn’t been proven effective” and opposes the effective use of mask wearing and social distancing.

Dozens of armed people surrounded the home of Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson demanding she overturn the state’s presidential election results. Their “shouting obscenities and chanting into bullhorns” began soon after Benson and her four-year-old son had finished decorating the house for the holidays. Benson, who supports free speech, said:

“There is a line crossed when gatherings are done with the primary purpose of intimidation of public officials who are carrying out the oath of office they solemnly took as elected officials.”

Rush Limbaugh, supposedly dying of lung cancer and recipient of DDT’s Medal of Freedom, cheered the prospect of violence, referring to Benson as “Michigan’s sex-cretary.” About Benson and the lack of evidence surrounding any election fraud, a demonstrator complained about her decision “to completely ignore all of the credible, credible, fraudulent evidence that has been continually pointed out.”

Today, the 89th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, led to U.S. involvement in World War II. The nation continues its upswing of COVID-19 and downslide from democracy. First Lady Melania Trump commemorated the day by announcing that her new tennis pavilion is ready for play, calling it her “legacy project.”

DDT and his wife may have little chance to use her legacy. The couple plans to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, and people question whether they will return to the White House before the end of his term. His only end-of-term priorities, other than suing to return to the Oval Office, appear to be decisions about who to pardon.

November 26, 2020

Gratitude on Thanksgiving 2020

Today is Thanksgiving, created in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln and now a traditional time for giving thanks. Gratitude—at least a small part of it—I feel today:

  • I have a home and food with enough money to keep the status quo.
  • I have wonderful friends and a loving partner who share my life.
  • I am healthy and hope that my caution continues to keep me safe.
  • I have a new president-elect and vice president-elect (I hope!) who will bring back democracy and sanity to our country.
  • I am looking forward to the possibility of a successful vaccine. 

I hope you have the same advantages and are willing to keep them through sharing responsibilities and preserving the rights of all, not just a few.

Indifference from the current U.S. leadership has caused tremendous suffering for people. Over 70 million claims for unemployment have been filed in 2020; another 12 million may be forced to file before the end of the year. Of the 50 million people who face food-insecurity, 17 million are children. With long waiting lines, food banks run out of food in a few hours. Twenty-one percent of small businesses are closed, up from 16 percent in June. On January 1, the current administration plans to cut food-stamp benefits to over 8,000 poor senior citizens who live in supportive living facilities because Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue decided they don’t qualify. (Perdue is the brother of Georgia’s senatorial candidate, David Perdue.) The 20-year-old program allows facilities to pool food-stamp benefits and purchase food on the behalf of elderly and disabled residents who cannot get to the grocery stores. Denying these 8,000 people food stamps would save the U.S. less than $25 million a year—about eight trips to Mar-a-Lago for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT).

But DDT leaves the White House in 55 days, and his selfish ignorant Cabinet members will most likely also be gone.

Emily Murphy has tentatively moved forward President-elect Joe Biden’s transition with reluctant permission for a slow start. White House chief of staff and others have given contact positions to a few DDT loyalists, permitting them to talk with Biden’s transition team although all others are blocked from speaking to the “other side.” Next Monday, Biden may begin receiving White House briefings although they may be extremely “brief” because White House aides are accustomed to providing one or two pages with illustrations because DDT dislikes reading. DDT refuses to concede, and some employees are afraid to work with the transition team.

Last Tuesday, however, saw at least 20 meetings between Biden aides and DDT officials in every federal agency for active discussions. Secure facilities for the transition team has been set up in Washington D.C. and Wilmington (DE). The government is finally giving Biden government-mandated $6.3 million for the transition which Murphy denied him for over two weeks. During the delay, donors gave Biden almost $7 million.

Also made available to the team are new email addresses and a website domain linked to the federal government. Members have updates on budgets, upcoming protects, and potential regulations, and the FBI will start background checks on Biden’s nominees. Biden’s team also communicated with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert earmarked for Biden’s coronavirus task force.

Biden’s new appointees briefly spoke after Biden introduced them in a television presentation, driving some Republicans into rage-filled disapproval. Considering the level of GOP incompetence, their anger bodes well for Biden’s selections. Instead of the mandatory obeisance DDT demanded from his Cabinet in all meetings, Biden’s team talked about what they would do for the people of the United States.

Maintaining his positive demeanor, Biden spoke with NBC’s Lester Holt:

“I think we’re going to not be so far behind the curve as we thought we might be in the past. There’s a lot of immediate discussion, and I must say the outreach has been sincere. [It] has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t expect it to be.”

Discussing his foreign policy and national security team, Biden said:

“America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it, once again to sit at the head of the table. Ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s appointment for ambassador to the United Nations, had earlier given the same message:

“My fellow career diplomats and public servants around the world, I want to say to you: America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back.”

Biden has said that he is willing to meet with DDT, but DDT’s attitude makes that unlikely.

Big business has decided Biden will be president even if DDT is still in denial. GM pulled its name off DDT’s lawsuit to take California’s right to set stricter statewide fuel standards and suggested Toyota and Fiat Chrysler do the same. Mary Barra, GM’s CEO, agrees with Biden “that we can own the 21st century car market again by moving to electric vehicles.” By now almost all world leaders have agreed Biden is the president-elect. The only major holdout is Russian President Vladimir Putin who has said, like DDT, he is waiting for the votes from the electoral college. 

What Biden can immediately do:

  • Listen to career officials—even before he gets his own installed—instead of firing them the way that DDT consistently does. For example, Nancy Messonnier warned Congress about COVID-19 nine months ago, and DDT immediately got rid of her.
  • Reinstate trust in CDC.
  • Resume regular media briefings with information instead of the self-glorification coming from DDT.
  • Pay attention to daily White House briefings.
  • Restore stability at the Pentagon and overhaul the DHS.

British approval of DDT’s leadership had fallen to 15 percent, two percent lower than that of Russia’s leadership. The UK’s Labour Party leadership called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to condemn DDT’s refusal to concede the election in another example of support for Biden. After rejoicing about Biden’s election, world leaders and international corporations are back to pre-DDT normal. Bank trade groups met with Biden aides about regulation differences; foreign diplomats have shifted their agendas to previous times; and corporate executives say they want the transition to move forward after Biden was “fairly elected as our next president,” according to CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo. Only DDT’s supporters loved his instability and chaos. Business leaders are even trying to persuade DDT to concede.

When Biden’s win was announced on November 7, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel said on MSNBC:

“As the results came through tonight, I started to watch the reaction coming in around the world, and people were reacting like the United States had overthrown a dictator, that democracy has been saved, that America’s reputation had been saved…. [In the wake of Trump’s electoral defeat,] the impression of American democracy, through this experience is actually going to be reinforced. I think the impression of the United States as a believer in democracy will be stronger coming, well, starting right now.”

Geopolitics are shifting for both democracies and autocracies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China. Biden stated he will host a “Summit for Democracy” soon after he takes office in a 180-degree turn from favoring demagogues. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu will likely be concerned about where he will fit into the new administration after controlling DDT as will Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The new president has support from over 80 million voters, the largest number for any president.

[Note: Originally I put DDT instead of Biden as the leader of the free world–so sorry!]  Even without being inaugurated, Biden has become the leader of the free world, something the president of the United States never achieved in almost four years. DDT alienated democratic allies, destroyed U.S. intelligence morale, fired respected people, and assisted foreign enemies, even providing them with classified information. Biden’s initial appointments, although not universally approved by the far left, bring experience and leadership. Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary, in particular, has already participated in saving the U.S. people from another recession caused by another U.S. president.

As DDT’s lawsuits continue, ad infinitum, I still worry, but I feel much lighter this Thanksgiving Day than I have for the last four, when DDT’s election brought a darkness to our world.

November 20, 2020

GOP Definition of Election Fraud: DDT Lost

President-elect Joe Biden:

From Max Moran: 277 policies Biden can enact on his first day.

With the shortening of transition time, Republicans are losing valuable time to smear Cabinet recommendations and the Democrats’ upcoming presidential actions. Instead, the conservative media is filled with conservative stories ad infinitum about the non-existent election fraud and stories of sobbing supporters claiming they will die for Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) or organizing militias to kill anyone who opposes DDT. The GOP is also becoming more split than before the election as some conservatives start to grudgingly reject QAnon conspiracy theories and accept DDT as a loser. GOP lawmakers, conservative lawyers, and right wing media figures admit DDT’s legal team should either back up their claims with evidence or quit.

Tucker Carlson criticized DDT’s lawyer Sidney Powell when she got “angry” because he asked her for proof of election fraud. He reported she told him to stop contacting her for evidence. A QAnon member, Powell shared the lie at yesterday’s press conference about how communist countries installed an algorithm to flip voting machines from DDT to Biden. Like other conspiracy theories, the claim hasn’t been presented in court.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) tweeted:

“Having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) ridiculed DDT’s legal team for allegations of “grand fraud” without going to court with them. He referenced the legal penalties “for lying to judges.” Even loyal conservative Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said, “This is a time for evidence in court.”

After twice endorsing DDT, the editorial board at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by DDT’s billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson, wrote DDT is doing a “disservice to his more rabid supporters by insisting that he would have won the Nov. 3 election absent voter fraud.” GOP strategist Karl Rove, influential in the George W. Bush administration, wrote at the Wall Street Journal that “this election won’t be overturned.” The editorial board at the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post editorial board told DDT to “stop the stolen election rhetoric” and to “get Rudy Giuliani off TV.” At the conservative National Review, Andrew McCarthy, cataloging DDT’s legal setbacks, asserted the effort is doomed.

Attorney Jonathan Turley, DDT defender through the impeachment trial, commented DDT’s lawyers not filing their “sweeping claims” in court is “breathtaking.

House Democrats wrote Emily Murphy to appear before the Oversight and Appropriations committees on Monday to explain why she has not begun the transition period. The administration followed this law for every other president-elect in modern times except for George W. Bush during the dispute about fewer than 2,000 votes in Florida. Although the Supreme Court stopped the vote and determined Bush the person to be inaugurated, a final vote showed Al Gore won the state and the election by over 600 votes. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) tweeted Murphy with the letter demanding her presence in the House:  

“We have been incredibly patient, @GSAEmily, but we can wait no longer. Your refusal to follow the law is active and existential threat to our democratic norms and institutions. You owe us, and the American people, an explanation. We are demanding you provide one. By Monday.”

In his heartless sabotage of Biden’s economy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to not only refuse people $455 billion from the CARES Act but to also destabilize financial markets by terminating five of nine lending programs. The Federal Reserve objected to recklessly withdrawing emergency programs allowing them flexibility just as COVID-19 is skyrocketing. In his private life, Mnuchin was known for “widow foreclosures,” one of them for $0.27 on a 90-year-old woman.   

DDT:

DDT briefly appeared from hiding today today to claim “I won.”

After top GOP Michigan leaders visited with DDT in the White House, they reported:

They had “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome.” [They think they may still find some “information”?]

“We will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.” [What do they see as “the law” and “normal”? And as they have “said,” in a state where two Republicans are denying certification for Biden because of their impression of election fraud—i.e., Biden won.”]

“Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken serious, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” [What do the Republicans see as “proven”?]

Republicans are good at twisting claims. For example, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said last week he would “step in” if DDT didn’t begin the transition to Biden; this week, he said he didn’t mean he’d really do anything. He just had the ability.

DDT is working through GOP legislators in the swing states, now considering those from Pennsylvania. Too late for Georgia: they certified the vote for the Electoral College today.

DDT Lawsuits:

DDT’s legal team used data from Minnesota as (false) evidence of election fraud in Michigan. Lawyers are also using affidavits as evidence, for example one from a Texas resident working in cybersecurity claiming susceptible tallying machines in Michigan. The same claim reported votes switched from DDT to Biden in “Antium County, Michigan.” No county of this name exists in the U.S., let alone Michigan. Any mistaken voting tallies in “Antrium County” were already corrected. All 83 Michigan counties have certified their results, and the state canvassing board meets Monday, November 23, to determine its certification.

A judge dismissed an Arizona case, the last pending one in the state, based on two voters stating their votes were not correctly counted. The five-member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, four of five Republicans, voted unanimously to certify the election results.  

Nevada expects to certify its statewide results on Tuesday, November 24, the day before a Carson City judge is scheduled to hear DDT’s request to overturn or annul all Nevada’s votes.  

DDT’s new attempts at litigation in Pennsylvania include a demand that certification of votes be blocked and 1.5 million mail-in ballots in seven counties, the ones he lost, be examined. No one has reported widespread fraud or irregularities in those counties so he wants certification blocked until someone finds evidence. Monday, November 23, is the state deadline to certify votes for the Electoral College. Berks County, which DDT won by eight points, said it won’t do it until the next day. DDT’s goal is to have GOP legislators pick the representatives to vote for DDT in the electoral college meeting on December 14. (Deadlines for state certification of votes.) 

DDT’s COVID-19:

Among those recently posting positive: DDT’s son, Donald Trump Jr; Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani; and at least three more White House aides. Yesterday Andrew, special assistant to DDT, attended his father’s superspreader two-hour press conference in a tightly-packed room at the RNC. His father didn’t look well. Last night on Fox network’s Sean Hannity show, Giuliani said someone should “cut the head off” Democrat leaders and made a throat-slitting motion. He had added a German company to the list of conspiracy figures to elect Biden.

Yesterday, Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) DHS committee hearing didn’t get much traction against Rudy Giuliani’s meltdown about election fraud, but the event, stacked with hydroxychloroquine advocates, lasted two hours. Johnson is still pushing for approval of DDT’s favorite drug to be given as a cure for COVID-19 although it has been discredited for that purpose. Ashish Jha, the one authority who was invited by a Democrat, called the hearing “a testament to how politicized science has become.” He tweeted:  

“I shared evidence of studies that have failed to find benefit of HCQ. Three other witnesses shared personal experiences. And suggested my testimony was reckless because it would deny people access to lifesaving HCQ. I found myself defending evidence, doctors, and scientists.”

Commenting on the hearing, another doctor said that people may be debating in the future if aspirin is a Republican or a Democratic drug. Fortunately for rational Wisconsinites, Johnson has promised not to run for reelection in two years.

From DDT:

“THE COVID DRUGS NOW AVAILABLE TO MAKE PROPLE BETTER ARE AMAZING, BUT SELDOM TALKED ABOUT BY THE MEDIA! Mortality rate is 85% down!”

Forty-two years ago this week, over 900 people died in Guyana after their cult leader, Jim Jones, encouraged them to kill themselves by drinking a poison-laced liquid similar to Kool-Aid. Yulanda Williams, a survivor who became a police officer, compared DDT’s rhetoric to that of Jones. She said:

“When we say Jonestown is the most tragic incident of a massacre of people, I say don’t forget about the commander in chief who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” 

She is not alone in her beliefs.

“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with COVID for many months,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News.  On November 20, 2020, the total number of new cases rose above 200,000, the total was over 12 million, and the number of deaths came to almost 2,000 for the day.

November 19, 2020

Biden Works, DDT Retaliates

President-elect Joe Biden:

Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) told an ally he lost but delays the transition process and sows doubt about the election to retaliate for Democrats’ questioning his own election’s legitimacy, especially with the Russian investigation. He said it’s only fair he not allow the transition and won’t back down. To DDT, his 70+ million votes give him ultimate power and authority. Biden leads by almost six million votes and has 306 electoral votes compared to DDT’s 232. DDT’s niece, Mary Trump, stated:

“He’s never in his life been in a situation that he can’t get out of either through using somebody else’s money, using connections, using power. And not only is he in a unique position, he’s in a position of being a loser, which in my family, certainly, as far as my grandfather was concerned, was the worst possible thing you could be.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), the sole Republican to vote against DDT in the impeachment trial, expressed more concern about DDT’s actions during the next 62 days than his not allowing a transition. About taking the troops out of Afghanistan, Romney said:

“We have some 40 coalition members that also have troops there. For us to pull our troops out obviously puts our remaining troops in some danger, as well as their troops. And they wonder, ‘how do we deal in a coalition with the United States leading it if there is a decision taken on a precipitous basis with which we may or may not have been familiar that puts our troops in jeopardy?’”

Newly elected lawmakers are nervous about DDT’s idea that the entire election was corrupt and fraudulent. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), returning for a second term, didn’t like today’s statement from DDT’s lawyer Sidney Powell:

“In terms of the level of corruption we are looking at here, we have no idea how many Republican or Democratic candidates … paid to have the system rigged to work for them.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to sabotage Biden’s economy. He told Fed Chair Jerome Powell to put Congress in control of reallocating $455 billion originated by law for businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. Almost half the 22.7 million people losing jobs in the U.S. in 2020 because of DDT’s poorly managed pandemic are still out of work, and the economic recovery is fading. The Fed told Mnuchin the CARES programs should be extended. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer agreed, saying that action on Mnuchin’s request “unnecessarily ties the hands of the incoming administration.”

Biden might be able to solve the foreign policy issues early in his administration, according to suggested by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies:

  • End the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen and restore U.S. humanitarian aid to Yemen in accord with the War Powers Resolution passed by Congress but vetoed by DDT.
  • Suspend all U.S. arms sales and transfers to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to another DDT-vetoed congressional bill. U.S. laws require the suspension of arms transfers for use in violating U.S. and international law.
  • Rejoin the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and lift sanctions on Iran to stop an impending war, and give up regime change in Iran to deescalate Middle East conflicts.
  • End U.S. threats and sanctions against officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
  • Back the diplomacy of South Korea President Moon Jae-in for a “permanent peace regime,” and formally end the Korean War of the 1950s.
  • Renew New START with Russia to freeze the U.S.’s trillion-dollar new nuclear plan.
  • Lift illegal unilateral U.S. sanctions against other countries.
  • Move to normalize relations with Cuba.
  • Restore pre-2015 rules of engagement to stop killing civilians.Freeze U.S. military spending to reduce it. At the end of the Cold War, then-Pentagon officials told the Senate that U.S. military spending could be cut in half over the next ten years. The exploitation of 9/11 made an excuse to create the one-sided arms race in which the U.S. spent 45 percent of global military costs from 2003 to 2011, far more than peak Cold War military expenditures.

Earlier this week, Biden had a conference on COVID-19, attended by healthcare workers who filled him in on the issues, including the lack of PPE. Not to be outdone, DDT had his first coronavirus task force press conference since July, the first time in a week he appeared in an official public event. It did not end well when DDT and VP Mike Pence refused to take questions after the event.

Dr. Deborah Birx showed a map (left) indicating how the virus covered the U.S. A chart (below) showing the increase in cases refutes Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) promise the U.S. will be virus-free after November 3. Dr. Scott Atlas was not present to tell people to invite people for Thanksgiving so that they would die.

DDT: 

The story of Wayne County (MI) GOP canvassing board officials hasn’t stopped. Tuesday, two Republicans refused to certify legal votes for the electoral college before reversing their vote three hours later. Yesterday they tried to rescind their rescinding—after a personal call from DDT who admired the “courage” of the two Republicans because they “refused to certify the election results!” Monica Palmer, GOP chairperson of the board, said DDT’s call to her and board member William Hartmann had nothing to do with her rechange of heart and blamed the state for not living up to its promise of an independent audit.

Today, DDT invited both Republicans to visit him at the White House tomorrow along with Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Shirkey already declared Biden the president-elect, stating an effort to award Michigan’s electoral votes to Trump was “not going to happen.” DDT’s campaign also withdrew its last federal lawsuit in Michigan, falsely claiming that local election officials had declined to certify the votes in Wayne County. CNN attempted a fact check on Giuliani’s statements, including a large number of overvotes. Not only was this statement false, but 2016 also had more overvotes when DDT won the state.

According to the office of the Michigan secretary of state, the state has “no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote.”  A judge has already ruled against action to block the certification of these votes.

Disgusting images from Hartmann’s public Facebook page about President Obama and other disgusting ones from the man trying to remove 863,000 votes from the Michigan voters. 

DDT Recounts:

After a hand count of all votes, Georgia declared the state for Biden with 12,284 more votes than DDT. Of the 5,800+ uncovered ballots, DDT gained almost 1,400 votes.

DDT Lawsuits:  

Today, state judges in Arizona and Pennsylvania and a federal judge in Georgia rejected election-related lawsuits from Republicans and DDT’s campaign.

Yesterday, DDT’s lawyers demanded all 6.8+ million votes in Pennsylvania be thrown out and the state legislature declare the 20 electoral college votes for DDT. Biden won the state by over 85,000 votes.

With DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge, the case isn’t going well. Major media kindly called him “rusty” as he forgot his conspiracy theories can’t replace evidence in a courtroom, and he couldn’t remember which judge was hearing the case. About the opposing attorney, Giuliani said, “I forgot his name.” Tweeting during the case wasn’t a good idea either. In one awkward exchange, he couldn’t remember the definition for “opacity,” believing “it probably means you can see, right?” The judge had to explain that opacity means the opposite: “It means you can’t.” Giuliani responded, “Big words, your honor.”

The judge canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Thursday and gave each side three more days to file arguments. Pennsylvania still has seven active cases, none of which challenge enough ballots to change the state’s and the Electoral College vote. Counties in Pennsylvania must certify their votes by Tuesday, November 24. On Fox network last night, Giuliani explained bogus lawsuits are a “vehicle” to get to the Supreme Court who will give the election to DDT.  

(Credit Image: © Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly via ZUMA Press)

Because Giuliani couldn’t answer the judge’s question about how he was justifying disenfranchising over 6.8 million voters in the state, his press conference today spouted more “fantasy island” comments about “widespread, nationwide voter fraud.” The plot recited by Giuliani and Michael Flynn’s Fox network lawyer Sidney Powell delivered a vast world conspiracy to elect Biden: Biden’s campaign, George Soros, Antifa, the media, the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez (who died over seven years ago), Germany, China, Cuba, leading social media and technology companies, two voting technology firms, Democratic officials, and cities with mostly Black voters. “Globalist dictators, corporations, you name it! Everybody is against us,” Powell said. NBC host compared Giuliani’s press conference to “a Saturday Night Live skit.” More sordid details here. 

The media pointed out the brown hair dye running down Giuliani’s face in the sweat, and he looks must worse on video–seemingly ill. Fox aired Giuliani’s complete press conference before claiming it wasn’t true—“light on facts” and “simply not true,” according to Kristin Fisher.

Seth Hettena has a well-researched history of how Giuliani, once one of the most respected heroes of the United States, shrank to today’s appearance, a crazy toady of DDT.

Until November 4, 2020, DDT convinced his followers the coronavirus would magically disappear on that day. By November 19, over two weeks later, COVID-19 has worsened every day, hitting over 12 million in the U.S. today with 192,186 new cases and over 2,000 deaths.

Biden Works, DDT Kills

President-elect Joe Biden:

Officials, currently in the administration of Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) as well as former ones and all aware of the importance of national security, are quietly reaching out to Biden’s transition team although Emily Murphy, GSA direction, refuses to start the process. One official described the outreach effort as putting duty to country over party considerations. Although conversations cannot replace formal briefings, they can explain the issues Biden needs to address after January 20.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has ordered anyone in his agencies not to communicate with Biden’s team and told them to alert the deputy surgeon general of any requested communication. Azar said, “We’re about … saving lives here,” as he keeps Biden from knowledge that can save people’s lives. Policy staffers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the immigration agency that handles paperwork like naturalization forms, got the same orders. Part of the goal may be to hide the agency’s abuses and radicalization, disclosed by former USCIS chief counsel Ur Jaddou, now a member of Biden’s transition team.

Illegally led by racist Ken Cuccinelli who refuses to leave despite a judicial decision, USCIS now has a revised citizenship test creating a greater barrier for applicants. The oral test has over two dozen more questions, 128 in all, with a higher number of mandated correct answers. Answers to questions have also been changed. For example, the correct answer to “who does a U.S. Senator represent” was formerly “all the people of the state.” Now the answer is “citizens of their state.” The exam goes into effect on December 1.

Republicans continue to stall the transition, saying it will happen “on time”—which was actually almost two weeks ago.

Pentagon officials confirmed they hadn’t formally begun the transition process but they have started providing unclassified briefing material, which is permitted. Some officials were also willing to meet off site with some of the Biden transition team if Murphy refuses to permit the process into December. Officials agreed with Biden that the his team could not learn about protecting the safety of U.S. troops if they wait until after mid-December. 

While DDT sulks in the White House, Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among other world leaders. Netanyahu said they had a “warm conversation” and agreed to meet soon. Modi also hailed the election of part-Indian Kamala Harris as vice president.

Congressional members on both sides of the aisle are upset about DDT’s firing Chris Krebs, the top cybersecurity official who protected both elections and the power grid. In addition, his agency is in charge of protecting hospitals and vaccine researchers from hacking. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said:

“It just adds to the confusion and chaos, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that would like some return to a little bit more of a—I don’t even know what’s normal anymore. We’ll call it the next normal.”

Other GOP senators who praised Krebs and expressed concern include Mike Rounds (SD), Susan Collins (ME), Richard Burr (NC), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Ben Sasse (R-OH), and Rob Portman (OH). 

From the White House: The removal of troops from Afghanistan is part of DDT’s plan to sabotage the Biden administration. DDT plans to create so many problems with foreign policy that Biden can’t handle it. Toward this end, DDT’s team is preparing the legally-required transition memos with policy challenges but no actions. National security be damned. A sample:

  • Directing new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to focus on cyber and irregular warfare, China in particular.
  • Considering new terrorist designations in Yemen complicating efforts to broker peace.
  • Rushing massive arms sales altering the balance of power in the Middle East with an arms race.
  • Floating the idea of a military strike on Iran’s primary nuclear site.
  • Building a wall of sanctions and creating new penalties.
  • Further expanding illegal Israeli settlement to damage a two-state solution.

DDT is counting on Biden being on DDT’s low level of competence and understanding of diplomacy.

DDT:

DDT plans another superspreader event. Arlington National Cemetery canceled the event “Wreaths across America” because of safety issues for visitors and cemetery staff after consulting with public health officials and the event leaders. DDT overrode Army officials and ordered it reinstated. “It will now go on,” DDT tweeted. Sixty-three days left before DDT is no longer in control.

Reports from Saturday’s “Million MAGA March” in Washington show unregistered firearms, including a loaded submachine gun, from an Atlanta couple affiliated with a militia; an altercation in which a MAGA man hit a counterprotester in the back  and stomped him; and a stabbing in a group of MAGA men with no arrests. Police are also investigating why an officer was with QAnon member Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

DDT’s campaign and Fox’s Tucker Carlson are accusing another live woman of being dead when she voted for Biden in Georgia.

DDT Recount:

DDT is paying Wisconsin $3 million for a recount in two heavily-populated Democratic-leaning counties in another attempt to obtain a majority of the votes or at least block their certification. The selection was supposedly for “the worst irregularities” although state elections chief and local officials had no reports of wrongdoing. The count must be finished by December 1, the deadline for certifying the state’s vote count for electoral votes, but officials estimate it will be finished in less than a week. Four years ago, DDT ridiculed Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s paying $3.5 million for a recount, and his son Eric said the money could have saved at least “5,000 Children’s Lives.” The 2016 recount of the entire state gave DDT another 133 votes. Biden leads DDT 49.6 percent to 48.9 percent—1,630,673 to 1,610,065 votes. In 2016, DDT won the state by 23,000 votes.

The completed Georgia recount found a few minor discrepancies leaving Biden winning by about 0.3 percent. Newest totals will be announced tomorrow. Losing DDT and other Republicans describe the recount as fraudulent. If DDT demands a machine count, it can take up to nine more days. DDT taking Georgia still gives Biden 290 electoral votes, 20 more than he needs to be president.

DDT’s allies called for a protest connected to Georgia’s recount, but social media suggested that the protesters, led by conspiracy-laden Alex Jones, correct “Georiga” State Capitol and suggested they work on their spelling.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is facing an ethics complaint for asking Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to throw away valid ballots. The complaint asks Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “be recused from any investigation or other Senate matter relating to alleged irregularities in the 2020 election” while any probe of his comments is ongoing. Graham’s spokesman said those who filed the complaint are “longtime vocal critics” of both Graham and DDT. Walter Schaub, one of the complainants, was the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics. He resigned because of DDT’s constant unethical behavior. Raffensperger and his wife have received multiple death threats.

DDT Lawsuits:

In a classic approach toward overturning Biden’s win, DDT is suing Nevada’s Democratic presidential electors, one of the six the former chair of the Clark County (Las Vegas) Democratic Party and a homeless veteran who is now homeless. She lost her job when the U.S. Census ended and lives with a friend. Attorneys claim 15,000 voted in Nevada while voting in another state, 1,000 voters didn’t meet residency requirements, and 500 voters are dead. Thus far, the campaign has no evidence, but they claim “40,000 or more” fraudulent votes in Nevada. A Clark County spokesperson stated:

“They are repeating allegations the courts have already rejected, misstating and misrepresenting evidence provided in those proceedings, and parroting erroneous allegations made by partisans without first-hand knowledge of the facts.”

When Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, promoter of old people dying from the coronavirus, offered $1 million for evidence of voter fraud, he proved the state couldn’t find any. He did get a taker: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) pointed to suspected fraud from a DDT supporter. Patrick didn’t follow it up.

DDT and his “herd immunity” spreader Scott Atlas are determined to kill more people by not protecting them from COVID-19. In addition, Atlas is encouraging people to engage in large Thanksgiving celebrations next week. One of his reassurances is that this might be the last Thanksgiving for some of them anyway. More unnecessary deaths will occur because DDT refuses Biden any information about the upcoming vaccines and their distribution. Everything DDT refuses to do now is a death knell for people—and he doesn’t care. He only wants to stay in Oval Office and play golf.

 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

For the seventh consecutive day—and the eleventh day since his election—he has no public events on his schedule. “It feels like bunker mentality,” a White House official said even before DDT canceled his Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago.  Outside his north windows, he can watch the building of the reviewing stand on his front lawn for Biden’s inaugural parade. [trump north windows] 

On the other hand, FLOTUS Melania Trump is arrange holiday decorations and planning the parties. Perhaps another season of red trees. [red trees]  And get ready for the government shutdown: the budget deadline is December 11, and Congress has gone home for a while.

Meanwhile, with 173,768 COVID-19 in the U.S. today, the total number will hit 12 million by tomorrow night. The 1,964 deaths in one day are the highest since last spring, bringing the total to 256,262 deaths in the United States.

Twitter flagged seven DDT tweets as lies in 45 minutes, making him more and more frantic. The real meltdown on January 20 may come unnoticed when Twitter drops his account because he no longer has immunity as a political leader to use it.

November 17, 2020

Biden Works, DDT Obstructs

Sixty-four days before Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) leaves the Oval Office: he fired the man in charge of protecting the nation’s electric grid, two Republicans briefly held up the certification of 863,000 votes in Michigan, DDT’s personal lawyer may have destroyed all validity of DDT’s lawsuits regarding fake election fraud, Emily Murphy still won’t permit the next U.S. president’s transition, and a witness heard a senator violate the law in asking Georgia to throw away valid ballots. And more.

President-elect Biden:

Biden continues to build his team with these nine members. Without a transition, he’s moving in two directions: showing how DDT’s refusal to permit transition hurts people in the U.S. and how roadblocks are stopping him for addresses the nation’s crises. Picks thus far. 

Even if Biden doesn’t investigate DDT, he could get DDT’s tax returns. Biden may prefer not to do this, but a refusal could cause Democrats to lose face after a long battle and court cases for over a year. In August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) said DDT’s records would be released if Biden won, and she doesn’t back down. DDT is the only inaugurated man who hasn’t made his tax returns public since Richard Nixon. DDT will likely file a new suit to prevent their disclosure.

Biden can count on Republicans to not follow through. Last week, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) promised to personally “step in” and intervene by Friday if Biden weren’t permitted classified information. This week, he said, “I’m not in a hurry, necessarily, to get Joe Biden these briefings.” He said he meant he could take care of it if he wanted to. After the election, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said DDT’s lawyers had to give evidence to support claims of election fraud; two days later Blunt said DDT “may not have been defeated at all.”

Republicans agree they don’t like DDT’s decision to drop service members in Afghanistan down to 2,500 before he left the Oval Office. Followed by other GOP senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), DDT’s top loyalist, lambasted the idea as hurting national security. Undermining democracy is fine, but moving troops back to the U.S. is too much for them. The Pentagon wasn’t happy about the idea of bringing troops home with no justification so DDT just fired his appointees and got new ones who would follow any of his poorly thought-out orders. 

Reasons for opposing DDT’s plans, some of them from the military:

  • DDT is not meeting the conditions of withdrawal in the U.S.-Taliban agreement
  • Taliban fighters can take control of Afghanistan and make it a base for terrorists.
  • Rapid withdrawal hurts our allies.
  • Afghanistan, like Saigon before, will fall quickly, compromising operations against terrorists.

DDT:

DDT’s Fire:

After Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), protected the elections in the U.S. and ran a website debunking false rumors, DDT terminated him with a tweet. Krebs said “59 election security experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims [of manipulated election systems] either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.’” CISA works with state and local officials running U.S. elections, private companies supplying voting equipment addressing cybersecurity and other threats, the monitoring of balloting and tabulation, and industry and utilities to protect the nation’s industrial base and power grid from threats. Firing Krebs leaves the nation’s power grid wide open to the possibility of hacking.

DDT’s Recounts:

Graham said he only talked to Raffensperger about election procedures, but Gabriel Sterling, voting system manager, reported Graham asking if Raffensperger could throw out all the ballots if a percentage of signatures don’t match. Asked why he called Raffensperger, Graham said he also talked about election procedures with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and someone in Nevada. Neither Nevada nor Arizona secretaries of state heard from Graham. His interference in a state election could be a felony.

Today, two GOP-appointed board members refused to certify the votes of Michigan’s Wayne County, home to Detroit and the state most populous county, before reversing their position after a huge public backlash. The two had no reason to block the certification except to eliminate enough ballots to hand the state to DDT. Biden won the county by over 37 percent.

Georgia’s hand recount, scheduled to be completed by tomorrow night, won’t replace the official tally with Biden leading by about 14,000 votes, according to Georgia’s election officials who obtained legal advice. Any serious county discrepancies, such as the discovery of 2,600 uncounted ballots in Floyd County, will result in redoing machine counts for a new total becoming part of the official count. The new Floyd County count puts DDT’s state loss at 13,378. Sterling said the hand count is to verify which candidate won, not to establish a perfect vote count. Thus far, the manual count closely matches the original counts. Candidates have the right to a recount if they lose by less than 0.5 percent; another recount would rescan ballots through computers.

DDT has until tomorrow to decide whether to pay almost $8 million for a recount in Wisconsin, almost four times the cost for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in 2016. Additional charges come from the coronavirus, a shorter time frame, and increased security needs. Biden is ahead in the state by over 20,000 votes. An audit of Milwaukee County gave Biden a 17-vote increase. December 1 is Wisconsin’s deadline for certifying the vote. DDT may not have money for the recount because donations are primarily going to his PAC or the RNC.

DDT’s Lawsuits:

DDT’s campaign asked a Carson City court to declare DDT the winner of Nevada’s six presidential electors or annul the election, removing the state’s electoral votes. All lawsuits in Nevada to block or delay vote counting in Democratic-leaning Clark County have been rejected for little or no evidence of wrongdoing and fraud. Former Senate candidate Sharron Angle sued to replace the November 3 election with a completely new one. GOP state Senate candidate April Becker also sued Clark County and its registrar of voters for a new election in her race.

DDT’s legal team met today’s 5:00 pm deadline in Michigan to file proper paperwork to keep its case from being dismissed. This lawsuit is to stop the state’s certification of results until review of the election process. DDT’s team had not added three additional defendants—Detroit and Michigan’s NAACP and DNC.

Over a week ago after the media called the election for Biden/Harris, Pennsylvania attorney Marc Scaringi said on his radio show, “The litigation will not work.” His law firm’s website described Biden as the president-elect because he “successfully claimed the role of the 46th president of the United States.” That post has been deleted. After five DDT lawyers withdrew, Scaringi joined the DDT legal team to block Pennsylvania from certifying its election results. The judge has refused Scaringi’s request to delay today’s hearing; the judge won’t decide until Friday.

Lead attorney in the In Pennsylvania case, DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani perplexed the judge with wild unsubstantiated allegations about “widespread nationwide voter fraud” before admitting he isn’t alleging fraud. The attorney for the state questioned whether Giuliani understands basic legal procedures. Giuliani also had to admit the complaint had been narrowed by dropping claims about poll watchers lacking access after he had declared the opposite the night before. Although not appearing in federal court since 1992, he maintained he hadn’t tried a case in “four or five years.”

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling, DDT’s only win, that a legal violation in Philadelphia not giving observers access to observe the vote count didn’t exist. State law “requires only that an authorized representative ‘be permitted to remain in the room in which the absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are pre-canvassed,’” according to the opinion signed by five justices.

Put in charge of DDT’s “election fraud” litigation, Giuliani is causing chaotic infighting among the campaign’s legal team and campaign officials. He and newly-assigned lawyer Jenna Ellis are attempting a campaign “coup” by wresting power. They claim DDT gave them full control over the legal strategy. Ellis, who refers to herself as “President-elect Jenna Ellis” on Twitter, told campaign staffers they report to her and ordered any remaining campaign staff they follow orders only from people named “Rudy or Jenna.” All other directives are to be ignored. Last Saturday, senior adviser Jason Miller and Ellis ended up in a “screaming match” in front of other staffers and threatened to call DDT to settle the question of who is in charge. Miller also called Ellis “crazy.”

Ellis has frequently given DDT questionable information about election fraud such as the false claim about Dominion Voting Systems deleting DDT votes. She also appeared on television without asking for approval from campaign officials. Yesterday, several lawyers representing DDT in a Pennsylvania lawsuit quit. That case can determine the litigation’s fate. DDT joined Giuliani and Miller in falsely claiming the campaign had not dropped an important part of the federal lawsuit in removing observers not being permitted to watch a count of 680,000 ballots in Pennsylvania. The revised case now affects only dozens of votes. Legal expert Richard Pildes refuted the GOP claims.

Tomorrow will be the fifth day with nothing official on DDT’s schedule. The only work he’s done for months has been to keep a job, and he only wants to stay out of prison and make money—and play golf.                   

COVID-19 in U.S. on November 17, 2020: 157,261 new cases; 1,615 deaths.

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