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George Conway Blasts Trump as a ‘Blundering Cheat’ Who Will Con His Way to Re-Election: ‘He Must Lose, and Lose Badly’
George Conway, the conservative Republican who is the husband of Kellyanne Conway, believes that Trump’s statement about moving the election back puts him in another category, outside normal presidents, in its danger to the republic. The statement was a rejection of democracy and thus – in some way – the United States itself. Because of this threat, Conway argues that the nation must remove Trump from office in a show of brute electoral strength – a decisive loss and rejection by the American people at the polls, but considers this only to be the very start as to what’s needed.
After reviewing the unquestionable fact that Trump literally cheats at everything, Conway asserts that Trump’s attempt to delay the election was an unforgivable act, and one doomed to failure. Per the Washington Post:
But Trump is apparently too inept, ignorant, desperate or deluded — probably all four — to realize or care: His suggestion is absurd. The electoral calendar is set in stone, by law. Title 3 of the U.S. Code makes clear that the election must be held on Nov. 3, that members of the electoral college must meet and vote on Dec. 14, and that their votes must be counted before a joint session of the new Congress on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. sharp. And the 20th Amendment provides that, no matter what, Trump’s current term ends at precisely noon on Jan. 20, and that if no president has been elected, another provision of Title 3 would confer the presidency’s powers on … the speaker of the House.
There are some problems with Conway’s answer, in that Trump’s end game might be to ensure the electoral college doesn’t have sufficient votes to elect a president (270) by litigating the matter into oblivion, sending the election to the House for a vote by state – fifty total votes. But that is not the primary point, the point is that it was an act of a dictator and that history should place Trump in his own category as president, someone who should live in infamy.
Even the worst of Trump’s enablers in Congress dismissed out of hand the idea of delaying the election. But Trump’s suggestion was more than just imbecilic. Steven G. Calabresi, a law professor who was a founder of the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers’ group of which I’ve long been a member (and a member of its visiting board), nailed it: Trump’s suggestion was “fascistic.” It was the ploy of a would-be dictator, albeit an inept one….
…Trump’s sanction must come at the polls, and beyond. For the sake of our constitutional republic, he must lose, and lose badly. Yet that should be just a start: We should only honor former presidents who uphold and sustain our nation’s enduring democratic values. There should be no schools, bridges or statues devoted to Trump. His name should live in infamy, and he should be remembered, if at all, for precisely what he was — not a president, but a blundering cheat.
His name should live in infamy. Sounds exactly right, and there are many people already talking about visiting a potential gravesite someday.
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