Donald Trump has revealed his plans for sealing the election if he loses next week, saying he may try to get the courts to stop ballots from being counted after November 3rd. Trump knows he’s down big in the national and swing-state polls, so he is preparing dirty tricks to try to win on a technicality. The President told reporters, “hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots . . . won't be allowed by the various courts.” We knew Trump would try to get the Supreme Court involved in the election because now, with Amy Coney Barrett on the bench, it will be decisively in his favor.
Trump’s power play is outrageous on so many levels. Elections often don’t get decided on election night and when a race is close, they can take a few days before getting called. Add on top of that the massive vote-by-mail count and the added complications of a pandemic and the odds of a winner not being decided on Election Day go up. Trump hopes he’s ahead by just enough on the night of November 3rd so that he can declare victory and claim the outstanding ballots are fake. This is a president saying he will try to upend democracy in America and yet sixty million people will still vote for him.
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