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Trump's Coup: Demolishing our Democracy

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

Dusk descends on Donald Trump.

UPDATE: The Supreme Court this evening rejected the Texas lawsuit discussed below, dealing a near fatal blow to the effort by Donald Trump and his Republican supporters to reverse his election loss to President-Elect Joe Biden. None of the justices he appointed came to his rescue.

Did the 106 Republican representatives who are asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the election run for Congress simply to demolish our democracy?

How is it that so many Congressional Republicans can somehow forget about the sanctity of the electoral process and the U.S. Constitution that they have sworn to uphold and then ask the Court to reject the legally cast votes of millions of Americans?

Are they so afraid of losing the support of Donald Trump’s cult that they will abandon the Constitution and its guarantee that every American has the right to vote in a free election?

Do they not realize that in supporting Trump’s desperate effort to hang onto power that they risk turning our nation into an autocracy rather than a democracy? Are they so afraid of his hold on their supporters that they are willing to do that? Is that what they want as their legacy?

Those 106 Republican members of the House of Representatives have signed an amicus brief supporting a Texas lawsuit asking the high court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in what is a desperate attempt to return Donald Trump to the White House.

The brief was initiated by17 state attorneys general in support of the lawsuit filed by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton. It repeats a litany of false, disproven and unsupported allegations about mail-in ballots in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin while demanding that the 62 Electoral College votes from those states be invalidated, thus giving the presidency to Trump.

In their filing Thursday, the House Republicans claimed that “unconstitutional irregularities” have “cast doubt” on the election’s outcome and “the integrity of the American system of elections.”

The Texas lawsuit repeats false, disproven, and unsubstantiated accusations about voting in the four battleground states, which Biden won to clinch the presidency. Court case after court case, many filed in federal courts with GOP-friendly judges, have been rejected.

In fact, the Trump campaign legal team, led by his personal counsel, Rudolph Giuliani, has suffered more than three dozen defeats in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court’s ruling this week rejecting a motion to block Pennsylvania from certifying Biden’s victory there.

“Denied,” that ruling said.

Meanwhile, 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have filed a motion urging the Supreme Court to reject the Texas lawsuit, and each of the targeted states filed an objection to the suit, listing numerous reasons why the high court should not get involved.

For Republicans to claim that the “integrity of the American system of elections” is at stake simply because Biden defeated Trump is ludicrous and nothing more than a cynical attack on the very system they claim to protect. To set aside the votes of tens of millions of people because of the baseless claims of fraud by the defeated Trump would be a travesty that would lead to a devastating constitutional crisis for our nation.

Trump is actively leading this attempted coup to regain power, tweeting that “the Supreme Court has a chance to save our Country from the greatest Election abuse in the history of the United States.” In reality, it is Trump who is engaged in the greatest election abuse in history, and 106 members of the House of Representatives are party to that abuse.

For months, Trump has laid the groundwork for his claim of a rigged election, warning that voting by mail would lead to massive fraud, then attempting to sabotage the U.S. Postal Service with his hand-picked big money donor postmaster general, and then pushing the last minute nomination of conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. That would be his insurance policy should the disputed election reach the high court, which he has now orchestrated.

Is this what these Congressional Republicans want? Do they really want the Supreme Court to disqualify the legally cast votes of millions of Americans simply because Donald Trump throws a tantrum because he lost the election? Are they that afraid of him?

Where is their leadership? Why can’t they stand up for what is right and support the sanctity of the ballot? That should be their highest calling, but clearly, it is not. Instead, they are simply weak lemmings heading over the cliff created by Donald John Trump.

When this sorry fiasco finally reaches its conclusion, these 106 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who joined in this travesty should be expelled from Congress. They no longer deserve to serve in the people's House. The same fate should befall every other Republican official who has engaged in this attempted take over of our government by Trump.

They have betrayed their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And they should be gone.

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Don Kohn
Don Kohn
Dec 12, 2020

Sounds like the congressmen committed sedition.

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