14% think Trump is more of a wimp

Trump is rushing SCOTUS vote to contest the election results, but GOP senators up for re-election may pay for this. Then again IMPOTUS* is sending seniors $200 “Trump cards” for their votes.

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— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) September 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: The Senate Majority Leader, who is up for re-election in Kentucky, has extraordinary power to decide what does or does not happen on the Senate floor.

Then: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President,” McConnell said in a statement on February 13, 2016, the day Scalia died.

Now: “In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year. By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell said in a statement the same day Ginsburg died. (In 1988, a presidential election year, a Democratic Senate confirmed Justice Anthony Kennedy, Republican President Ronald Reagan’s nominee, to fill a 1987 vacancy.)

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— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 25, 2020

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— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) September 25, 2020

All this moaning over “ballots” is an extension of the conspiracy theory Trump has been hyping for a long time. With assistance from other Republicans — most notably Attorney General Bill Barr — Trump has been falsely claiming for months that mail-in ballots are fraudulent.

The purposes of this false claim are crystal-clear. First, it creates a pretext to prevent people from voting in the first place, through legal challenges against efforts to make mail-in voting more accessible during the pandemic. Second, it's the excuse Trump and Barr intend to rely on when they try to get those votes thrown out before they can be counted.

It's no secret that Trump plans to do whatever he can to steal the election. But by openly demanding that ballots be thrown out, Trump confirmed publicly what many activists, historians and legal experts have been warning may be coming: An actual attempted coup against democracy.

Trump has created a heads-I-win, tails-you-lose proposition: Either he wins the election, or the election was fraudulent. He refuses to accept the third (and likeliest) option, which is that his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, wins outright, which is the outcome the polls are currently pointing toward.

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FATE OF DEMOCRACY, PART Z: The Biden team has created a “special litigation” unit. And the Trump campaign has formed “Lawyers for Trump.” Both campaigns are prepared with an army of lawyers to handle the current deluge of election-related litigation and potentially a protracted legal fight to determine the winner of the presidential election.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed as states seek to hold an election during a pandemic, and with the U.S. Postal Service and mail-in voting under siege by President Trump. Thusly, the Biden campaign has assembled what it's calling “the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history. 
All of this is happening as Trump reiterated this week he may not honor the results of the election should he lose, jeopardizing the country's peaceful transition of power. “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” the president said Wednesday, referencing mail-in ballots.

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— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 25, 2020

  • Ambiguities in the Constitution and logic bombs in the Electoral Count Act make it possible to extend the dispute all the way to Inauguration Day, which would bring the nation to a precipice. The Twentieth Amendment is crystal clear that the president’s term in office ‘shall end’ at noon on January 20, but two men could show up to be sworn in. One of them would arrive with all the tools and power of the presidency already in hand,” Gellman writes of a potential scenario.
  • “Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” the legal scholar Lawrence Douglas wrote in a recent book, according to Gellman.
  • “For the first time in my life, and maybe for the first time since the Civil War, the fate of constitutional democracy in the United States is on the line, and it’s on the line because the president has put it there,” William A. Galston, chair of the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, told our colleagues. “It is a clear and present danger.”

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— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 25, 2020

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— Justin Horowitz (@justinhorowitz_) September 25, 2020

— Nathan Hale (@NatHale1776) September 25, 2020

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— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) September 25, 2020

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— Jennifer Cohn ✍🏻 (@jennycohn1) September 24, 2020

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— Millenarian✨🤝 (@Millenarian22) September 25, 2020

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— Prof. Farhana Sultana (@Prof_FSultana) September 22, 2020

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— Chelsea Daymon (@cldaymon) September 25, 2020

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