At the debate, Trump made it clear he’s already decided the election doesn’t count

At the debate, Trump made it clear he’s already decided the election doesn’t count

Replying to Wallace, Trump gave no hint of either accepting the outcome of the election, or telling his supporters to remain calm. “I’m urging my supporters to go in to the polls and watch very carefully,” said Trump. “Because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it. As you know, today there was a big problem. In Philadelphia, they went in to watch. They’re called poll watchers, a very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things.”

The reason Trump’s people were thrown out of polling places in Philadelphia is because they were not poll watchers. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Trump supporters tried to squeeze into a number of small offices that aren’t regular polling stations, but just locations where people can request or submit mail-in ballots. As the Republican city commissioner in charge of local elections said after Trump’s group had to be extracted from the tiny offices: “We don’t give someone a poll watcher certificate to … watch somebody fill out their ballot at their kitchen table.” The even bigger reason that extra people weren’t allowed to clog the entrance of these small offices was that they were repeatedly violating social distancing rules that were already limiting the number of people who could enter the locations. They weren’t poll watchers, they were poll blockers.

The process of appointing and locating poll watchers is just that—a process. Campaigns make requests, elections official provide credentials, inform the poll watchers of where they are allowed to go, and tell them what they are allowed to do within the polling space. What Trump’s campaign has been pushing is nothing like that—he’s encouraging intimidation and a breakdown in normal order.

But Trump didn’t end with just encouraging his supporters to descend on polling places. He made it clear he was ready to lead them in opposing any outcome that did not lead to his victory. As Wallace tried to get Trump to simply agree that he would follow the will of American voters, he utterly refused.

But Trump had already stated: “It’s a rigged election.” He’s not waiting to see how badly he loses on Nov. 3. He knows that’s no longer in doubt. Trump is no longer even concerned about winning. He is focused on holding on to power, which is something completely different. Trump repeatedly claimed that it could be “months” before there was an outcome, and agreed readily to the idea that he was trying to seat Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court because he expects that court to protect his power. “Yeah,” said Trump. “I think I’m counting on them to look at the ballots, definitely.”

Trump has already declared the election “fraudulent” and “rigged.” He’s already instructed his followers not to accept the outcome of the vote. And, of course, he’s told white supremacist militias to “stand by.”

There is more at the link above.   I think it is clear what the game plan for tyrant tRump to remain in power.  He and his cult do not believe in democracy, using weapons and intimidation about voting and election results is not supporting democracy.   tRump and his cult worship power, and he doesn’t intend to give it up.   Hugs

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