It’s past midnight as I am typing this. I’m tired. It’s been a long day. But I can’t go to sleep without one more post. For starters, here’s what the Russell has been doing the past few hours:
About an hour ago, I watched our ostensible President do something extraordinary. As little regard as I have for him, what he did was more debased than I dared imagine. Generous Sloper RNeo provided this (boldface is my own):
WILMINGTON, Del./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed that he had won the U.S. election with millions of votes still uncounted after his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, said he was confident of winning a contest that will not be resolved until a handful of states complete vote-counting over the next hours or days.
“Frankly, we did win this election,” Trump said after claiming he was winning several battleground states where votes were still being tallied.
“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump said without providing any evidence to support the claim. Election laws in all U.S. states require all votes to be counted. More votes still stood to be counted this year than in the past as people voted early by mail and in person in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump won the battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and Texas, dashing Biden’s hopes for a decisive early victory, but Biden said he was on track to winning the White House by taking three key Rust Belt states.
Biden, 77, was eyeing the so-called “blue wall” states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that sent Trump, 74, to the White House in 2016 for possible breakthroughs once those states finish counting votes in hours or days to come.
“We feel good about where we are,” Biden said in his home state of Delaware, shouting over a din of supporters in cars honking their horns in approval. “We believe we’re on track to win this election.”
Trump has repeatedly and without evidence suggested that an increase in mail-in voting will lead to an increase in fraud, although election experts say that fraud is rare and mail-in ballots are a long-standing feature of American elections.
Ya know, even now, I have a deep fondness for this country. And this kind of shit is what I would expect from some tinpot dictatorship. If he wants to fantasize that he’s already won, sure, that’s fine, that can get shoved into that diseased little brain of his along with all his other little fantasies about being a successful businessman and a great leader.
But to augment the fiction of having already won with the threat of Supreme Court intervention takes this to a level that is simply sickening. And if this bastard is truly intent on irrevocably tearing this country into two, having his packed Supreme Court provide its blessing would be just the ticket.
What he said, and what he’s intent on doing, is simply un-American. My disgust stems from that simple fact. I have no quarrel with him winning fair and square. I may piss and moan about the Electoral College, but the rules are the rules, and if he wins, fine.
But not this way. It’s just plain wrong.