It is amazing how quickly President Elect Joe Biden’s calls for unity and healing have morphed to a quest for blood.
Instead of taking the higher ground, Biden and top Democratic leaders are using partisan rhetoric to inflame tensions and exacerbate partisan differences in the wake of the so-called siege of the nation’s Capitol building this week.
Biden tells us the protesters who broke into the Capitol are “domestic terrorists: Don’t dare call them protesters.”
Like the Unabomber and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh? Seriously?
Biden Friday compared Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and Sen. Joseph Hawley, R-MO to Nazis, who killed 6 million Jews, because they exercised their legal right to object to electors. Seriously?
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders are sharpening knives, calling for GOP President Donald Trump’s immediate impeachment and focusing a laser beam of intimidation on GOP politicians who had the courage to stand up for election integrity.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the number three Democrat in the Senate, on Friday called on Cruz and Hawley to resign for breaking their oath of office. So it’s now seditious to question the integrity of Biden’s election?
What a missed opportunity for an incoming president who already is handicapped by the fact that he is considered illegitimate by an estimated three-quarters of Republican voters and a fifth of Democratic voters.
You could see the turmoil on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, face as he criticized fellow Republicans.
He said he could not support overruling the Congressional count of state Presidential electors at Wednesday’s Joint Committee of Congress because “If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”
He said he couldn’t justify such damage when “dozens of lawsuits received hearings in courtrooms across our country. But over and over, the courts rejected these claims.”
Courts played a central role in creating the election crisis and exacerbated it by refusing to get involved.
Despite McConnell’s hesitancy, some 100 GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a half dozen dozen members of the U.S. Senate stepped up to oppose certification of the electors in a handful of swing states.
Among other things, they cited new election rules approved by partisan courts shortly before (or even during) the election. They said these judicially sanctioned rules set new election dates and procedures that invited fraud and chaos. They alleged the judicially-sanctioned rules violate the U.S. Constitution, which assigns exclusively to state legislatures the responsibility for elections.
Exhaustive testimony and evidence of election fraud was produced at a day-long hearing before GOP legislators in AZ on Monday.
But that didn’t stop AZ election officials, and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, from certifying the state’s election results, which handed Democrat Joe Biden a narrow 10,457 lead over GOP President Donald Trump.
Like other evidence of improprieties, the hearing was largely ignored by media, which continues to declare there is no widespread election fraud.
Trump attended the hearing via telephone and claimed he won AZ, MI, GA, PA and WI. “They played games like nobody has ever seen before. This is the first time anyone has fought back. “
Trump criticized Ducey for “rushing” to certify the election so Democrat Mark Kelley could step into the role of U.S. Senator as soon as possible. “Why sign when the hearings show corruption and fraud?” Trump asked. “AZ won’t forget what Ducey has done.”
Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was present at the hearing, said Ducey failed to respond to his request to meet with him.
At the end of the hearing, Giuliani estimated witnesses had raised questions about almost 827,00 votes cast in Arizona, many cast without any review by Republicans. “We don’t even know if these people exist,” he said.
Giuliani called upon the AZ legislature to refuse to approve the certification of the vote. “Just be a man, or a woman. Not a sniveling coward,” he urged.
The mainstream media says Democrat Joe Biden handily won the presidential election and there is no evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities.
In fact, Biden hasn’t won. The Electoral College will meet on Dec. 14 to declare a winner. The U.S. Congress must vote to certify the electoral result on January 6, 2021.
And there is evidence of widespread fraud and irregularities in swing states where crooks engaged in ballot stuffing and election officials negligently relied on voting machines and software that are notoriously unreliable.
The only real question is whether the fraud is enough to make a difference. That’s the job of the courts to decide.
National Public Radio (NPR) reporter David Folkenflik tweeted Thursday morning: “If you’re in the news business, it’s malpractice to carry Giuliani’s press conference live at length without any cut ins to note the myriad ways the public record contradicts him.”
Folkenflik, who is NPR’s media correspondent, was referring to a press conference to be held later Thursday by President Donald Trump’s legal team, where Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others set forth allegations of fraud in the election. Folkenflik, who claims to be an expert, argues that journalism ethics require the media to interrupt the press conference at will to correct Trump’s legal team.
Folkenflik’s reasoning is commonly known as circular reasoning.
He adopts the premise that the public record is correct and therefore Trump’s legal team is incorrect to the extent that its arguments conflict with the public record. It flows from this that Trump’s claim the election was stolen must be false because the public record shows that Republican Joe Biden won.
Affidavit = Evidence
At the press conference, Trump’s legal team outlined its strategy to challenge the public record.
Giuliani pointed to a centralized pattern of voter fraud that focused on big cities controlled by Democrats, and especially those with a long history of corruption.
“What do we have to do to get you to give the American people the truth,” asked Giuliani. “This is real. It is not made up.”