EDITORIAL

Trump In Post-election Campaign Throes

President Trump’s entertainment prowess has never been in doubt to all and sundry, but his quest to have the 2020 general election overturned must be off the chart.

Now, call it what you will — a publicity stunt, a political theater, a ploy, or sour grape, but one thing for sure Trump is raking in millions of dollars, on the basis of an election fraud charge, and his Republican supporting cast is “lovin’ it.”

What accounts for President Trump’s persistent claim that he won the election, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is baffling.

The latest act is the filing of a lawsuit by the state of Texas with the Supreme Court, aided and supported by Trump. 

It claims that the election in four swing states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — suffered from “unconstitutional irregularities.”

The suit has the background sound of the voter fraud charge, which has now apparently fallen off the chart.

The truth is local officials time and again have proved that there was no meaningful fraud to any extent to change the result of the election, a fact that William Barr, Trump’s attorney general, also conceded.

However, the attorneys general of 17 states — including Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Utah, Arizona, and the Dakotas — have backed the Texas lawsuit. 

So far, more than half of House Republicans released a legal brief supporting the lawsuit. 

Many pundits have charged that Republicans have kowtowed to the President’s entrenched position of not conceding the election because of fear.

Additionally, some argued that congressional members falling out of line by defying Trump could damage their standing with Republican voters.

This position, of course, feeds into the perception that men’s masculinity is under threat.

There is a sense of vacuousness in Republican leadership when men of supposed ‘substance’ cannot voice their convictions without fear or favor, regardless of the President’s reactions.

Moreover, given the President’s current behavior, what kind of democracy can the U.S. offer to outlier countries when he will say or do anything to remain in power. 

Gabriel Sterling, a Georgia official, is on point in an interview with Time magazine, where he argued that elected politicians could out the President’s current antics by acknowledging that the election was fair.

“Leadership is supposed to look like grown-ups in the room saying, ‘I know you’re upset, but this is the reality,'” Sterling said.

And as reported in the press, a Supreme Court filing in Pennsylvania referred to the Texas lawsuit as part of a “cacophony of bogus claims,” a “seditious abuse of the judicial process” and “an affront to principles of constitutional democracy.”

The fact of the matter is if one does not stand up for something, he or she will fall for anything.

Will the women in the Republican leadership stand up?

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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