Donald Trump isn’t even bothering to fake it. He doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about the pandemic, or the fact that 2,000 people a day are dying, or the fact that his lawsuits keep getting thrown out of court daily, or the fact that his GSA administrator is stonewalling the new administration, or, or, or. We can go on ad infinitum.
Trump made a gesture of sitting in on the virtual G-20 conference earlier in the day and then when the meeting turned to the global pandemic, he had better things to do — like go to his Virginia club and tee off. He also comically shared this.
Big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2020
Whew, what a relief. The Wall Street Journal in particular will be relieved to get this massive piece of news, because they’re calling the shot as “Trump lost” and they’re railing against Sidney Powell and all the conspiracy nonsense.
The Trump legal team is dismissing the Georgia recount, but notice its retreat. “This so-called hand recount went exactly as we expected,” lawyer Jenna Ellis said, “because Georgia simply recounted all of the illegal ballots that had been included in the total.” Hang on: At a press conference hours earlier, attorney Sidney Powell alleged, without showing evidence, that Dominion voting machines “run an algorithm, that probably ran all over the country, to take a certain percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.
What happened to that claim? A hand recount is a perfect way to test it, if you remember how Georgia’s voting machines work: Residents make their choices on a touch-screen. The system then prints a paper ballot, with a text summary showing the candidates selected, which provides the voter a chance to confirm.
If software flipped Georgia’s electronic totals, there would be some big, unexplained discrepancy between those data and the paper ballots. The hand recount found nothing of the sort. Georgia also asked Pro V&V, a testing laboratory certified by the federal Election Assistance Commission, to audit a random sample of Dominion machines. No tampering was found. […]
All of this shows that Mr. Trump’s path to overturning the state vote counts is vanishing fast. If his lawyers can’t bring to court more evidence than they have presented in public, they will lose. Recounts and audits continue in Wisconsin and Michigan, but the state deadlines for certifying results are coming fast, and the electors must be chosen by Dec. 8.
Republicans have given Mr. Trump ample leeway to prove his case for ballot fraud, and we’ve approached his claims with an open mind. But if there’s no evidence beyond general innuendo, the President’s charges of a stolen election will undermine public faith in the electoral system. That won’t serve the country, his party, or his supporters, who will sour on politics and in the process cede elections to the left. None of this will serve Mr. Trump, his legacy, or whatever hope he has to run again in 2024.
That sounds decisive. What a shame that the sitting *president* can’t muster such decisiveness. He can’t process the truth, because he’s too busy dodging it and hoping for some miracle. As we speak, his evangelical followers are praying for just that.
At this point, all media outlets in the world, not just the United States, have called the election for Joe Biden. Plans for the Inauguration are moving forward and like a fly in amber, Donald Trump is stuck in denial.
All pretense of a functioning government have vanished. The only scene left to play out in this daytime soap, is whether Trump has the dignity to leave the White House of his own volition, or if he’ll have to be escorted out
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