The Post-Election Madness Gets Worse

Lawyer Sidney Powell watches lawyer L. Lin Wood as he speaks at an election results press conference in Alpharetta, Ga. On December 2, 2020. (Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters)

On the menu today: two lawyers who are not officially part of the president’s legal team, but who continue to sue on his behalf, tell Georgia Republicans not to vote in the second round of the Senate; Michael Flynn endorses call for “limited martial law” and “re-vote” of the presidential election; and the president is tweeting a claim that Nevada is setting up “fake hospitals” that have “never seen a single patient” to exaggerate the scale of the pandemic. You can be forgiven for feeling like you woke up this morning in a twisted and insane mirror universe.

Post-election madness takes a darker, more dangerous turn

What we have seen over the past two days represents a very appropriate turn of events for 2020 for the post-election period.

Two attorneys who are not officially on the president’s legal team, but who are widely seen as some sort of allies, held a “press conference” in Atlanta that looked a lot like a political rally, with enthusiastic supporters. , with the clear message that Georgians should not vote in the second round of elections:

Pro-Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood have urged Georgians not to participate in a run-off vote that will determine Senate scrutiny in January until state officials respond to claims no founded that President-elect Joe Biden won the White House through electoral fraud. Powell and Wood do not work for the Trump campaign in an official capacity, but have fought legal battles on his behalf. Speaking to supporters of the president at a press conference in Atlanta, Powell said residents of the state should not vote until Georgia revises its procedures and ends the use of Dominion voting machines.

“I encourage all Georgians to make it known that you won’t vote at all until your vote is secure – and I mean regardless of the party,” said Powell. “We cannot live in a republic, a free republic unless we know our votes are legal and safe. So we need to have voter ID, and we probably need to go back to paper ballots that are signed and have your fingerprint on them. We should definitely be able to find a system that can count them, even if it has to be done by hand.

“This is Georgia – we are not stupid. We are not going to vote on January 5 on another machine made by China. You are no longer going to cheat the Georgians. If Kelly Loeffler wants your vote, if David Perdue wants your vote, they have to win it, ”Wood said. “They must demand publicly, repeatedly, consistently: Brian Kemp, call a special session of the Georgia State Legislature. And if they don’t… they didn’t win your vote. “

Matthew Boyle from Breitbart, about as thoughtful as a defender of the president they come, highlights Wood’s long history of campaign donations to Democrats.

State records also show that Wood has not voted in a Republican primary since 2004, but claimed the Democratic ballot in the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018 primary elections in Georgia. This means that even when Trump was president, in the 2018 midterm elections, Wood demanded a Democratic primary in Georgia and voted Democrats in the state primary, while Trump universally supported Republicans there. low.

Wood’s statement that Perdue and Loeffler did not win votes from Trump supporters echoes the language of ReallyAmericanPAC, a liberal and pro-Biden political action committee. This PAC publishes billboards in “Trump counties” in Georgia, denouncing Perdue and Loeffler for “ignoring Trump” – discouraging Trump supporters from voting for Republican senators.

You may have seen the Twitter hashtag, #WriteInTrumpForGA. There is no line for candidates registered in the second round of elections to the Senate of Georgia. This is in accordance with Georgia’s electoral law: “The second round of primary or election is the continuation of the first primary or election, and only the votes cast for the candidates who obtained the greatest number of votes in the first primary or election will be counted. No advance polls may be cast during such a primary, primary or secondary poll. Any written vote for anyone who will count as a spoiled ballot.

Meanwhile, recently pardoned Michael Flynn – who served as the president’s national security adviser for 25 days and a client of Sidney Powell – tweeted a call on the president to “invoke limited martial law” and “organize a new election”. The call for “limited martial law” comes from an organization called We The People Convention:

You must be prepared, Mr. President, to immediately declare a limited form of martial law and to temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian oversight of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a new national vote.

You must also act, as Lincoln did, to silence the destructive one-sided media propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end illegal Big Tech censorship, to restore the confidence of the American people. in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in violence and massive destruction at a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!

The message concludes: “We will have no choice but to take matters into our own hands and defend our rights on our own, if you do not act within your powers to defend ourselves.”

When those with important platforms and positions of responsibility begin to characterize presidential elections – a normal quadrennial step to change or maintain the rulers of a constitutional republic – in terms of life or death, and compare the loss of ‘a preferred candidate for mass murder – to say, comparing him to the terrorists in the cockpit of Flight 93 – no one should be surprised when some people take these words at face value and begin to see the result of a election as a life or death struggle that justifies violence.

President promotes COVID hoax

Yesterday, Worldometer said 2,833 Americans have died from COVID-19. the Covid Tracking Project puts the figure to 2733. Johns Hopkins University puts the death toll on Wednesday at 2,597. I’m sure some will point out the discrepancies as proof of their inauthenticity, but different institutions total deaths in different ways and from different sources. Worldometers are updated throughout the day, and the rest are not.

I mention this terrible daily toll because earlier this week the President of the United States retweeted a hoax photo claiming that a coronavirus patient care site was empty, adding:false election results in Nevada too!The image depicted a case of online identity theft:

On the picture Posted on Twitter on Sunday, doctor Jacob Keeperman stands at the alternative care site at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. In the background, empty plastic-covered hospital beds lie in a vacant parking lot. The photo was taken on Nov. 12, the day the site opened, so patients had yet to arrive, Renown Health said.

“I want to thank all of the amazing staff who are fighting the good fight to help all of those suffering from COVID-19,” wrote Dr. Keeperman, medical director of the Renown Transfer and Operations Center. “With 5 deaths in the past 32 hours, everyone is struggling to hold their heads up. Stay strong.”

Her photograph was then used by the @Networkinvegas account to falsely claim it showed a ‘fake hospital’ that had ‘never seen a single patient’.

President Trump took the lie to a wider audience on Tuesday, retweeting the post @Networkinvegas with the comment: “Fake election results in Nevada too!” Twitter reported on the president’s tweet, noting that the election fraud allegation was “disputed.”

In fact, the Reno alternative care site supported a total of 219 Covid patients in the three weeks it was opened. And across Nevada, hospitalizations have increased 43% in the past 14 days, with a 55% increase in deaths, according to a New York Times database.

We are seeing more than 2,000 Americans perish from this pandemic every day, and the President believes Nevada hospitals are creating fake patientless treatment centers in order to mislead the public about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. He has a whole government full of doctors, virologists and epidemiologists who will answer any questions he has on this matter. He is the President of the United States; anyone in the world will answer their phone call and happily and happily explain everything they want to know, guide them through any aspect that troubles them, and get them any answer they need – especially doctors, and especially those trying to save patients infected with COVID-19.

Instead, the President of the United States chooses to believe the claims of some accounts on Twitter.

ADDENDUM: Progressive writers are starting to realize that they are not winning the Biden administration’s personnel wars. “We cannot restore the soul of the nation with Rahm Emanuel in public service.“”Potential HHS candidate Gina Raimondo has a “mixed” record on abortion.