Trump’s con represents the worst kind of contradiction when rigging an election by suppressing the vote is anchored in a systematic combination of lies and disinformation. Yet all the GOP has left are long odds for Trump. The issue will be whether in the margins — will there be enough Trump voters to replicate the 155,000 swing state win in 2016 while losing the popular vote by numbers like 3 million. Swing-state voting so far is reporting evenly divided by party. The reality will be at the state-level and all those potential extraneous variables, among other types like the attempt to reinforce Trump’s low-information voters’ beliefs in herd immunity.
"Inviting a Republican on to a reputable news show to claim Republicans support pre-existing conditions protections doesn’t offer viewers the Republican position, it offers them a lie." — @brianbeutler https://t.co/BqtN7UbMCE https://t.co/NaoPTngpqZ
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 30, 2020
Republicans now head into the election appealing to voters with three deceptions:
- That they support the pre-existing conditions protections they’ve asked the Supreme Court to annul (in a lawsuit they apparently agree is frivolous);
- that their zeal to replace Ginsburg in the midst of an election they’re poised to lose has nothing to do with health care;
- and that any attempt by the Democratic Party to undo the GOP’s multifaceted theft of the courts would constitute an unacceptable breach of the norms they’ve spent five years gleefully sundering.
Can't stress enough how bad it is that celebrities have to make PSAs about disregarding the information on ballots because the Republican President broke the postal service and we don't know if Republican SCOTUS Justices might re-write state election law after the fact. https://t.co/z7czh7r1DB
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 30, 2020
Recognizing that they can’t win a free and fair election, Republicans are trying to use the courts rig the rules in their favor. It’s both dangerous and undemocratic. https://t.co/q7BomiR57T
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 30, 2020
Why is there so much more backlash to GOP voter suppression this year? My working theory is that Republicans made a mistake by launching a blatant effort to throw out valid mail ballots. There's no plausible deniability about "fraud"; they're just openly trying to steal votes.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) October 30, 2020
Ugly denial: “Why aren’t they talking about deaths?” Trump Jr. whined to Ingraham about the media on Thursday night, before answering his own question: “Because the number is almost nothing. Because we’ve gotten control of this thing.” @ThePlumLineGS https://t.co/x22rSIrPrn
— Fernando Espuelas (@EspuelasVox) October 30, 2020
NEW: Donald Trump Jr. wrongly claimed the number of coronavirus deaths had dropped to “almost nothing,” dismissing the impact of the pandemic on a day in which the U.S. reported roughly 1,000 deaths. Pants on Fire! https://t.co/y9yr0gkANz
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 30, 2020
One problem that #covid19 journalists (formerly known as science journalists) have: We’re supposed to report the news, but really at the moment we need to find new ways of saying the same thing over and over. So, here’s superspreading explained visually https://t.co/xW8OkJsIT7
— Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape) October 30, 2020
— David Roberts (@drvolts) October 30, 2020
By default, the baseline state is Louisiana, which has the median population of all the states. The color scheme is uniform across all bodies of government. Colors become more or less dispersed based on your selection, ranging from purple to green to yellow for the Senate to a more compressed spectrum for the House.
Of course, the visualization doesn’t capture everything. Disenfranchisement and voter suppression determine who gets to vote and how easy it is for them to do so. The Electoral College relegates the presidential contest to battleground states, while marginal votes in solidly red or blue ones are discouraged and ignored. This map only shows one, easily-quantifiable aspect of the representation gap.
Is this just the Constitution?
If we have an interest in democracy, the representational inequality shown above would be completely untenable. There is no reason for one voter to have nearly 70 times the senate representation as another voter merely because they live in a different state.
Multiple Right-Wing Figures Pranked Into Thanking The Devil For Supporting Trump || Via Huffpost UK https://t.co/watVs4uHzY
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) October 30, 2020
Most Read:@StephenKing's op-ed on Trump voters is leading Opinions right now, followed by:@paulwaldman1 on vulnerable Republicans
Dana @Milbank on Trump's closing remarks@ErikWemple The Atlantic’s fencing story@ThePlumLineGS on Donald Trump Jr.https://t.co/6nCjvjptzb
— Washington Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) October 30, 2020
must watch and retweet pic.twitter.com/uejolawzCV
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 30, 2020
“You’re not mopping fast enough. (Laughter) That’s a socialist mop. (Laughter and applause) Grab a mop — let’s get to work.” – Barack Obama (2009); “Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible!”