By Buck Sexton
Media organizations have declared Joe Biden the president-elect. This is the part where we’re told Donald Trump, the President of the United States, should graciously concede to his worthy opponent, give a boilerplate concession speech on the wonders of a peaceful transition of power, and D.C. insiders get to start preparing for the (socially distanced) inauguration parties this winter.
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ballot counts – just like what Stalin would do! Whatever one may think of Trump’s chances of prevailing in court (they’re admittedly not high), there’s simply no rational ground to act like these Constitutionally sound, entirely legal actions to gain transparency into this election are a threat to our Republic. If anything, verifying vote counts through the legal mechanisms in place for just such a circumstance should be seen as strengthening our faith in electoral institutions. The Biden campaign should welcome such checks and balances within our system. Robust oversight of elections in our court system increases voter confidence that every legal ballot will be counted. The usual smears against Trump – “he’s a dictator” and he’s “destroying our democracy!” – are on what feels like a continuous loop in the corporate press.
Sorry, but it’s not going to be that simple. Despite what you may have heard in the press, this election is not over. The Trump administration has brought lawsuits in a handful of swing states seeking to eliminate large numbers of illegally cast ballots, and to establish alleged fraud on behalf of the Biden campaign. Instead of allowing these legal challenges to play out with our independent judicial branch, the media is engaged in an all-hands- on-deck pressure campaign to malign and intimidate anyone who supports President Trump and his team into backing off. The usual smears against Trump – “he’s a dictator” and he’s “destroying our democracy!” – are on what feels like a continuous loop in the corporate press. CNN and MSNBC are acting like Trump bombed Pearl Harbor. Ah yes, Trump is having lawyers bring legal challenges to our courts to address irregularities and alleged improprieties in the
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