In their Newsweek piece, “How Trump Could Lose the Election–and Still Remain President,” CNBC founder Tom Rogers and former Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO) explain:
“This is how it happens, Biden wins. I don’t just mean the popular vote, he wins the key swing states, he wins the electoral college. President Trump says there’s been Chinese interference in the election. He’s been talking about Biden’s soft on China—China wanted Biden to win so he says a national emergency; the Chinese have intervened in the election.”
This is particularly ironic considering Trump’s former National Security Adviser, John Bolton, documents in his new book that Trump, during trade negotiations with China, pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to agree to purchase American agricultural products as a means to bolster popularity with U.S. farmers to help with 2020 re-election prospects.
Tom Rogers adds:
“Just ten days ago [June 23] he [Trump] tweeted, he actually tweeted, ‘rigged 2020 election,’ millions of mail-in ballots will be printed by foreign countries it will be the scandal of our times. so he’s laying the groundwork for this. So he does an investigation and [Attorney General Bill] Barr backs this up with all kinds of legal opinions about emergency powers that the president has.”
“Then what happens is it’s all geared towards December 14th. Why December 14th? Well, that’s the deadline when the electors of the states have to be chosen. Why is that key? Because that’s what the Supreme Court used in Bush v. Gore to cut off the Florida counting. They keep this national emergency investigation going through December 14th. Biden, of course, challenges this in the courts and says, ‘hey, we won these states, I want the electors that favored me named. The Supreme Court doesn’t throw the election to the Republicans as it did in 2000; instead it says, ‘look, there’s a deadline here.’ If they can’t be certified in these states because of this investigation going on, there’s a constitutional process for this.”
“If no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”
Republican are already running full-tilt voter suppression ahead of November.
All it takes is for only a couple of states -- say, Texas and Florida -- to cast some doubt over the election’s integrity for it to be tossed to the House of Representatives.
That may appear on the surface to be good news since Democrats hold the majority in the House.
But they won’t be the ones to certify the election.
Remember, the 12th amendment stipulates, “The votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.”
With more Republican-controlled legislatures than Democratic, this means Trump can legitimately lose both the popular vote as he did four years ago and the electoral college, securing re-election.
There is already a precedent for this.
In the 1876 election that pitted Republican Rutherford B. Hayes against Democrat Samuel Tilden, Tilden clinched the popular vote but was one vote shy of the requisite electoral votes.
As Ohio Republican Congressman James Monroe (no relation to our fifth president) published in The Atlantic in October 1893, “The votes of Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, and South Carolina, with an aggregate of 22 electors” would decide the election.
That election happening in the midst of Reconstruction, federal soldiers occupied the three southern states.
Ku Klux Klan presence was also heavy in all four states.
Congressional Democrats claimed soldiers intimidated and suppressed the votes of Southern Democratic voters.
With the threat of re-igniting the Civil War that had only concluded 11 years before, Republicans and Democrats hammered out a backroom deal to hand the presidency to Hayes if he agreed to withdraw Union soldiers from the South.
He was made president, thus ending Reconstruction.
My, how I enjoy single sentences as separate paragraphs. They really add a dramatic flair that the content seems to lack. Have I spent too many pixels on this? In other postponement news ...
(Trump's) campaign has frozen a majority of its TV spending less than 100 days before the 2020 election. A campaign official said the demotion of former campaign manager Brad Parscale has led them to start a “review” and “fine-tuning” of their re-election strategy.
“With the leadership change in the campaign, there’s understandably a review and fine-tuning of the campaign’s strategy. We’ll be back on the air shortly, even more forcefully exposing Joe Biden as a puppet of the radical left-wing,” a Trump campaign official told NBC News.
Sometimes it's difficult to judge which of Trump's minion's lies are the most ridiculous, but today I'll go with that last one, particularly since ...
- Former Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) July 28, 2020
- Obama Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis,
- SEIU president Mary Kay Henry,
- Senator Mark Pryor
- American federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten
- State Senator Oscar Braynon
The very next tweet in that thread lists all the votes. My response here is very easy.
“Those who support Medicare for All are throwing their vote away by voting for Joe Biden. A vote for Hawkins/Walker is a vote for Medicare for All. A vote for Biden means Medicare for All will get lost in the sauce."— Howie Hawkins (@HowieHawkins) July 28, 2020
Read the full statement at https://t.co/jfMcxCLnGg pic.twitter.com/anWlfR5Dla
As you should be able to predict, the response was swift and merciless.
Anyone telling you there are only 2 choices in November hasn't heard of guillotines.— Astronaut 🦺 (@AATAstronaut) July 31, 2020
That is what @CNN @FoxNews #DEMS & #GOP would like you to believe, but it is a lie. My vision to build a nation where We the People truly means #AllThePeople far surpasses both Biden & Trump's vision, yet CNN has ignored our campaign for 14 months.https://t.co/spASviDNUW— Mark Charles 2020 (@wirelesshogan) July 28, 2020
David Collins also got in a retort to last week's Jackass, One 'f' Rouner.
This could be performative to throw everybody off, but I'll bet a little more on the KHive. You really don't want to stir up those murder hornets, trust me.
-- Trump's visit to the Permian Basin, his new Demon Sperm doctor, and his back-up plan for rigging the Census to screw over states with large immigrant populations like Texas and California are all items I'll put in the week-ending Lone Star wrap, coming later today or tomorrow.