Trump’s attempts to rationalize his future grievances resemble the excuses he’d created for an anticipated 2016 loss. He had hoped to grift for his quasi-empire from his opposition to a Clinton presidency when he gained it via the Electoral College.
He’s repeating that tactic, only this time his adoption of the 1968 Nixon strategy will fail because history has moved on, much like the demographics of the suburbs he’s trying to scare. Manufacturing a crisis in Portland was not only about exploiting his expansion of CBP and DHS, but also discrediting postal voting in advance of discrediting the 2020 results, regardless of the count.
“You’ll have a Portland everywhere” — Trump
Countering democratic diversity by fascistic tyranny during a pandemic should be an easy choice. Trump is desperate to make it more difficult because he wants to stay out of prison. Scorched earth on the way to the bunker.
Oregon Has Been Voting By Mail For Decades. Now It Will Save Lives. … As it stands, a significant number of voters already rely on the Postal Service for voting. Thirty-three million Americans voted by mail in the 2016 election, using either absentee, military or mail-in ballots
You can do this in Oregon, which has been conducting all of its statewide elections entirely by mail since 1998. The process is simple. It’s secure. And it means residents don’t have to worry about leaving their houses and risk getting the coronavirus in order to vote. They don’t even have to worry about putting a stamp on their ballots; Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a law last year that requires the state to pay for ballot postage.This is a far safer system than what Wisconsin just put its voters through. Last month, the Republican-led state Legislature refused to agree to the Democratic governor’s request to mail absentee ballots to all voters or move the state’s April 7 primary to June. When the governor issued an executive order pushing back the date, the state Supreme Court, also controlled by conservatives, overturned it. The resulting election was “the most undemocratic in the state’s history,” as Wisconsin’s largest newspaper put it: mask-wearing residents had to wait in long lines for hours at limited voting sites.
Trump is all about the lawfare, however anti-democratic.