Politics is really nuts on the national scene
LBJ knew how to rig an election the good oldfashioned way. He rigged them before the vote, not after the election had passed. Apparently, Donald Trump never read any of the LBJ bios of how he rigged the 1948 U.S. Senate election up in Duval and Jim Wells counties with the help of George Parr, who was a political dynamo and part of a family that ran local politics west of Corpus circa 1920 up through the early 1970s. How do I know that? More than a month after the Nov. 3 election, the Trumpster was on a phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state Saturday, cajoling (“You’re a Republican”), threatening, slandering him, all so he might persuade him to change the election count and hand Trump Georgia’s 16 electoral votes.
So what, you might be thinking. Even if Trump won Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, he’d still be 58 votes short to win re-election. Hey, it makes no sense to me either, but if Georgia were to flip, it would send his fan base into a state of orgasmic ecstasy because they could then claim, “You see, the election was rigged; and if it was rigged in Georgia, it was rigged in Pennsylvania, Arizona Wisconsin, and Michigan, too.”
Sure, and Santa Claus is real, and the Easter Bunny will be here in another three months (April 4). The moon is also made out of green cheese, and Mike Pence has a personality.
Thankfully (thank you), someone at the meeting recorded the convo and then leaked snippets to the Washington Post before releasing the entire hourlong audio to the Associated Press. By late Sunday, early Monday (Jan. 4), headlines were blaring the recording across the internet with headlines such as this: “Commander in Thief tries to rig the election.”
With no evidence to support Trump’s baseless claim that the Georgia election was rigged, votes were stacked in favor of Biden and against Trump, and despite the fact that the southern state had already recounted the Nov. 3 presidential votes three times when Saturday’s phone call took place, and despite the fact that investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI have looked at the state’s election process and found no fraud, Trump simply won’t drop the issue.
Why should he? He wants to keep his 70-million fan base stirred up. In fact, I’m sure Georgia is happy about this, but Trump is actually taking a break from playing golf to fly to Georgia Monday to allegedly help campaign for the two Republican candidates in a run-off race with two Democratic candidates. The Dems have to win both seats, and then they’ll have a majority in the U.S. Senate, if one considers that the new vice president will have the power to break any tie in the upper chamber, potentially tied at 50-50. If both Dems win Tuesday.
Saturday’s call is really an embarrassment to the country, in my opinion. I don’t care if you’re a Republican. I was once one, too, believe it or not. Twice I voted Republican and was fooled each time. Six months after the election, I was already calling my candidate a moron. If you’re still a Republican after Trump has left office, you really need to examine the party. It’s not what it was when Kay Bailey Hutchison and Phil Gramm occupied the Texas senate seats, although neither was perfect. Compared to Ted Cruz, though, who is now stuck to Trump like stink on a rotting egg, Hutch and Gramm were class acts. Even Texas’s other senator, John Cornyn, showed better grace than Ted, calling Biden the president-elect last month.
No question, it’s a crazy world out there. You have to listen to the audio. Clearly, Trump demanding the Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the final numbers so he can find a way to come up 11,780 votes to change the election and give the win to him is unlike any political drama I’ve ever seen before.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said. “Because we won the state.” (Source: AP.)
Uh, no, you didn’t, Don. No matter what your ego is telling you, not to mention your 70-million fan base that still thinks COVID is a hoax and are willing to walk around maskless in crowded places, you LOST. You can’t buy the election or sue to get back the job. It’s over, Donald.
“Do I think Melania will divorce you after you leave office?” Well, she’s 24 years younger, and if you’ve checked the mirror naked lately, I’d say the odds are against you.
As of Monday, approximately 12 Republican senators and approximately 150 House Republicans have said they won’t certify the electoral votes unless Congress approves a 10-day emergency audit of Georgia’s election results. Pathetic is what it is. All they’re trying to do, including Cruz, is to appeal to Trump’s 70-millionplus fan base so they might count on them if they run for president in 2024, which Cruz is certainly to do.
I don’t care if you don’t like Biden and Harris. How can any Republican or so-called conservative today stand by this guy, DJ (Donald J.), while he does his best to subvert our democracy? Doesn’t that matter to them any longer?
To make Saturday’s phone call even the more egregious, Trump told both Georgia’s secretary of state and his legal counsel that they could be held criminally liable if they failed to uncover the thousands of votes that the president claims were illegally destroyed in Fulton County (Atlanta’s county seat).
“That’s a criminal offense,” said the Trumpster. “And you can’t let that happen.”
According to an AP story dated Monday, Jan. 4, legal experts said Trump’s behavior raised questions about possible election law violations:
Biden senior adviser Bob Bauer called the recording “irrefutable proof” of Trump threatening an official in his own party to “rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place.”
“It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump’s assault on American democracy,” Bauer said.
Tell that to the approximate 70 million Americans who still support him.
Meanwhile, Trump was going ahead with his plans to hold a rally Monday night in Dalton, which is a big-time Republican party in north Georgia. Lots of Trumpites with flags, no masks, standing shoulder to shoulder, tossing love at their beloved leader.
Here is my bet: the two Democratic contenders in Georgia will win the run-off election Jan. 5, and Trump will never concede his loss to Biden. Meaning, for the next four years, his ardent supporters – “This election was stolen” – will never do much to heal this country.
It’s been rumored that DJ may move to Scotland after he leaves the White House. God speed.
Jan’s Note: Dear God, I hope he doesn’t move to Scotland. My great-grandparents emigrated from there.