Something is eerily fascinating about seeing disaster unfold. I’m not sure if it’s more thrilling than watching success unfold. What’s clear is that witnessing the opposite of expected outcomes is truly remarkable.
When I first encountered the USA, in the 1980s, if you’d told me that an actor would become president, I would have stuttered, badly. But, it did, and Ronald Reagan had the greatest of times with Margaret Thatcher during the early days of my working life during the 1980s.
If you’d told me when Martin Luther King was assassinated that the USA would elect a black man as president for two terms, I would have said, “Sure, and I will also be PM of the United Kingdom.” But, President Obama did it, and I never entered politics. 🙂
If you’d told me that a presidential candidate would win the popular vote by over 2 million and lose the Electoral College vote by a massive margin of 304-227–(7 faithless electors cast for others)—I would have shaken my head madly and wondered at the crazy system that undermines the popular will of the electorate. If the winner of that contest would be a man known as a reality TV star, while the other was a seasoned politician and former First Lady, I would have asked for a substance abuse test for myself as that must be an hallucination. But, that was 2016.
If you’d said that the winner of that same presidential election would claim to have won the next as incumbent, where he trailed by over 6 million votes and the Electoral College votes were 306-232 against him, and be trying to overturn that result with a flurry of court cases, I’d have thought it would be a pitch for a dystopian piece of fiction.
Yet, here we are, over two weeks past the final voting day, November 3, and the transition is notable by its lack of trans- anything, expect maybe transgressions in courts. The president comes out to the public after some 13 days—a post-election quarantine longer than when he was diagnosed with COVID19–and declares “Big pharma ran millions of dollars of negative advertisements during the campaign, which I won by the way.” So, the world has conspired against him and he cannot acknowledge defeat.
When you have a White House press secretary who states things about the previous transition not being orderly, the opposite of what the current president stated publicly, then you know the alternative universe is real: 🤔😳😩
But, a recent poll shows that half of Republicans believe that the election was rigged and the win ‘stolen’ from Trump:
Most political analysts says there’s no constitutional path that can deliver another result for President Trump than defeat. But, he’s trying through court challenges and is 1 for 31. His lawyers can say anything in public but must speak the truth in court, including admission that they have no fraud cases.
One of the states whose votes are being challenged, took the steps towards certifying their results—in favour of former VP Biden—as Georgia did on Friday afternoon.
The Governor of Georgia will finalize that process today.
The nation still awaits the formal ‘ascertainment’ of the election results, which will open the door for formal transition to take place, including funding for the incoming administration team and access to intelligence and the Presidential Daily Briefing:
On Thursday, House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Appropriations Committee Chair Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), along with two other senior Democrats, Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL), demanded that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy brief them by Monday on the delay in declaring President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Trump seems to have tried to pressurize local Republicans in the Michigan state legislature but to no avail. The state has done its verification amid some drama.
That, after disaster in court, with evidence cited for Minnesota not Michigan! 🤔😳😩
Guiliani horror show press conference that even Fox News called “light on fact”:
All that may be remembered will be it was a ‘hot mess’, literally:
But, it was a serious assault on truth:
Thankfully, late night comics have material for years:
So, bad that those who know Rudy called it a “train wreck” and worse:
To cap it all, the sons of the main protagonists is this ‘mummers play’, tested positive for COVID, yesterday, after a series of well-published maskless events, and have likely been in contact with many on the Trump legal team.
You just can’t make this stuff up!
Sadly, Coco the clown should be at the circus, but he’s running amok on American streets. Please, make him stop! 🤔😳😡😩🇺🇸🙏🏾