COMMENTARY, NOV. 23, 2020
At this point, we must acknowledge that what we are seeing is an attempted overthrow of elected government under color of law by Trump, and by the Republican Party writ large. Next, in 2021, we’ll be watching Republicans try to further consolidate minority rule by gerrymandering.
In the 2000 election, Al Gore won the popular vote by 543,895*, so the majority of America was under minority rule for 4 years.
*The Florida Recount of 2000, By Brooks Jackson | factcheck.org | Posted on January 22, 2008
According to a massive months-long study commissioned by eight news organizations in 2001, … the study also found that Gore probably would have won, by a range of 42 to 171 votes out of 6 million cast, had there been a broad recount of all disputed ballots statewide. However, Gore never asked for such a recount. The Florida Supreme Court ordered only a recount of so-called “undervotes,” about 62,000 ballots where voting machines didn’t detect any vote for a presidential candidate.
None of these findings are certain. County officials were unable to deliver as many as 2,200 problem ballots to the investigators that news organizations hired to conduct the recount. There were also small but measurable differences in the way that the “neutral” investigators counted certain types of ballots, an indication that different counters might have come up with slightly different numbers. So it is possible that either candidate might have emerged the winner of an official recount, and nobody can say with exact certainty what the “true” Florida vote really was.
In the 2016 election, Hillary won the popular vote by 2,868,686 votes
In the 2020 election, with 98% as of Nov. 21, 2020, 6:00 P.M, Biden is winning by 6,020,054 votes.
So Donald Trump, with the active or acquiescent assistance of the Republican Party, is now trying to overturn a decisive victory by Joe Biden; a victory that as so far has won 51% of the vote, with a near-record turnout among eligible voters estimated at 66.5%.
This is no longer a matter of ‘letting the matter work its way through the system’. The lies, attempted coercion of election officials, and other actions of Donald Trump, his minions and his enablers and apologists, now are rising to what in normal times in any other country, the United States would call an attempted coup d’etat and a perversion of a legitimate election.
The Republican Party, as represented by various individuals, has so far been passive or actively complicit in this attempted coup by Donald Trump.
Americans must fight against this attempted to overthrow our elected government by ant peaceful means available to them.
Further, Americans must be vocal about insisting on fair election districts at all levels of government, from local to State to Federal.
The alternative is a continuation and further entrenchment of minority rule in the United States.
Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country.
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