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Video From TWO DAYS AGO Shows Trump Saying the Election Could Be Overturned, ‘Watch Arizona!’
We have been forced to cover a tiny minority of these since Trump left Washington in disgrace, most go ignored. There will be an event at either Mar-a-Lago or his New Jersey club, Trump will stand up and start talking, and it will always be about the “rigged election.”
We suspect that this is part of a psychological block, the defense to suffering the ultimate narcissistic injury, the most public rejection imaginable, getting fired. How ironic.
It is no more possible for Trump to appear and leave the election behind him than for him to walk in space in one of his oversized suits. But what makes things different this weekend is that he has something to talk about. He gets to talk about the “Arizona recount” done by his Arizona supporters under “UV light” (seriously, no one knows why, people only know that it might damage the ballots), and “closed circuit television,” and, of course, the result is pre-ordained. Hell, Arizona paid for certain results and they better damned well get them.
But Trump and his supporters have no interest in stopping there. The man looks like the most pathetic, overweight, under-loved, existence-hating, wedding singer. It is truly comical. And yet his “act” is to talk about how all the dominoes are going to fall, they will show that he won, and he’ll be put into the White House again. The problem is that many of these states have hyper-MAGA legislatures who may well follow Arizona’s example and it becomes a recipe for yet another coup, or at least permanent damage to democracy. At best, we’ll have a situation in which Democrats don’t trust a single election held in a red state and Republicans don’t trust any election that they don’t win.
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Is that not where we are headed?
In 2016, Hillary Clinton called Trump the morning after the election. Hillary had at least as good a case as Trump, indeed the FBI would later show that the Russians were in voting databases (they never showed whether votes were flipped or not). But Hillary knew that democracy was unsustainable without a settled decision. Moreover, we knew that democracy was unsustainable and that even if it was shown that the Russians actually flipped votes that actually flipped the election, we had no constitutional mechanism to deal with it and Trump was president until 2020, absent removal by impeachment.
Trump and his supporters have a different idea. Listen to this sad sad sad man, and be very tempted to laugh at the lounge lizard. But then remember that he still controls Mike McCarthy. McCarthy had to not only get over that he was left for dead, but he cannot “fire” Matt Gaetz as the ultimate embarrassment, nor Marjorie Taylor-Greene. They are Trump’s biggest supporters and thus untouchable. This warped man, who looks like he needs to be put in the hospital, still plays a pivotal role in whether we sustain democracy and the Republic:
The one time leader of the free world who now lives alone in a hotel sharing buffets, common areas, and staff with strangers, yearns for attention and relevance so badly, he now stands on a patio step every night ranting to tens of people about a 6 month old election that he lost pic.twitter.com/xIuZ7jAkZD
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) April 30, 2021
“Watch Arizona, some very interesting things are happening in Arizona, and we just had a great ruling, or actually the Senate, the State Senate of Arizona. Let’s see what they find, I wouldn’t be surprised if they found thousands and thousands and thousands of votes. So we’re going to watch that very close to the end after that we’ll watch Pennsylvania and you watch Georgia and you’re going to watch Michigan and Wisconsin and you’re watching New Hampshire, they found a lot of votes up in New Hampshire, a lot of votes up in New Hampshire just now, you saw that? Because this was a rigged election, everybody knows it and we’re going to be watching it very closely but start off by you just take a look, it’s on closed circuit I guess it’s on all over the place and everyone’s talking about yesterday, front page of the New York Times, they didn’t want to write it but that’s because they thought they were going to have a negative decision and the judge gave us a positive decision.”
Band and all. A part of the greatness of the United States is dying, we’ve known that for a while. Now Arizona is simply increasing the danger. As embarrassing, laughable, and pathetic as this video may be, it’s also scary. The MAGAs know it and that’s exactly why they’re doing it.
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