This is a day for seismic events. I was shaken awake at 4:28 a.m. by the 4.2 earthquake that hit Los Angeles this morning and shortly thereafter I found Donald Trump’s epic tweet about delaying the election — and then the internet started rocking, just like the room. If this was one of Trump’s trial balloons, file it under Hindenberg.
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
I wrote earlier today that Donald Trump had self-immolated, but I did not expect this in a million years. Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi has penned an op/ed in the New York Times and I will start with his conclusion first.
President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election. Doing so would be illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should never be elected to Congress again.
That’s refreshingly direct. What is interesting about this particular development, is that some heretofore invisible button has been pushed in the Republican psyche. If I could tell you what it was, believe me, I would. The closest that I can come, is that when Joe Biden predicted this very thing on April 23, the conservative cloak was drawn around Donald Trump yet once again. Read this morning’s piece which starts with a summary of how Biden was promulgating baseless “conspiracy theory” when he warned what Trump would do. Cries of “unfounded accusation” rang through the conservative world, with typical sanctimony and faux outrage on how low Democrats will go.
This particular conservative, Calabresi, has attacked the Mueller investigation as unconstitutional and he wrote an opinion piece opposing Trump’s impeachment. So what has caused the leopard to change his spots? What makes this the last straw? We’re going to hear a lot of commentary on this in the hours and days ahead, but make no mistake. This is epic. Donald Trump crossed the Rubicon today is he’s earned the censure of the Federalist Society.
I am frankly appalled by the president’s recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election. Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats’ assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate.
The nation has faced grave challenges before, just as it does today with the spread of the coronavirus. But it has never canceled or delayed a presidential election. Not in 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln was expected to lose and the South looked as if it might defeat the North. Not in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression. Not in 1944 during World War II. […]
Election Day was fixed by a federal law passed in 1845, and the Constitution itself in the 20th Amendment specifies that the newly elected Congress meet at noon on Jan. 3, 2021, and that the terms of the president and vice president end at noon on Jan. 20, 2021. If no newly elected president is available, the speaker of the House of Representatives becomes acting president.
And yet Trump won’t let it alone. He said that he wants the election to go forward at his White House presser today but he keeps going on about how the election will not be decided for “weeks” or, “with litigation, maybe years” or, “you might never know who won.” I’m betting that this last comment is going to be his delusional mantra, as this sad sack settles into the sunset years of his life, scarfing his French fries and Diet Coke and mumbling about how his glory was stolen from him, between thorazine shots.
Asked about his tweet suggesting the election should be delayed, Trump reiterates "pants on fire" claims that mail-in voting is ripe for election fraud pic.twitter.com/9wAN4QwvH4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 30, 2020
The Supreme Court didn’t take years to litigate the Gore v. Bush debacle. Trump is pushing his conspiracy theory and apparently that’s what he needs to do to justify to his own delusional self that he really didn’t lose, he was sabotaged. This is most likely what we’re going to hear from now until November 3. Two things need to be done now:
1. Give Trump and the nation a tutorial in how mail-in voting works, so this idiotic narrative stops cold. Maybe the Lincoln Project can work on that;
2. Make sure Trump sees this editorial that Calabresi penned. He needs to know the jig is up.
Donald Trump can rationalize his loss any way he wants to, but if this editorial is any indication, it’s time for him to bend over and kiss his ass goodbye. He can’t delay the election and once his current conspiracy theory of mail-in voting being fraudulent is exposed for the fantasy it is, he can either accept what has happened to him or he can go off blubbering from the White House to the nut house. And if his demeanor and comments at the presser today are any indication, he’s headed for the latter. The man is clearly falling apart and he’s a total disgrace. Maybe the Republicans are starting to wake up at long last. Cross your fingers.
As for Trump, he will never wake up. He is the embodiment of graceless under pressure and I don’t expect that to change.