Notes From America: Backwards

On Monday, the Electoral College has cast its votes for president, confirming – shocker! – Joe Biden as the President-elect.* So is it over? That would be nice, of course. However, good American law provides yet more ways to contest an election. It was designed this way, but not for the purpose that those Bananarepublicans seek.

But, the option is there, so we can be damn sure that some old white backwards 🤬 from the south will gladly rise to the occasion. And that would be Mr. Mo Brooks from Alabama, starring in: Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence. Yee-haw, y’all:

My No. 1 goal is to fix a badly flawed American election system that too easily permits voter fraud and election theft,” Mr. Brooks said. “A possible bonus from achieving that goal is that Donald Trump would win the Electoral College officially, as I believe he in fact did if you only count lawful votes by eligible American citizens and exclude all illegal votes.

The number of hair-raising WTFs in this statement are just yet another expression of the Bananarepublican’s disdain for actual Democracy. If Mr. Brooks was actually interesting in fixing the “badly flawed American election system”, he could start by getting his home state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, for example – but as it is, this is just more of the usual Bananarepublican speak for “let’s try to disenfranchise as many people who won’t vote for us as possible.”

It’ll be interesting to see the drama unfold on January 6th, at the “counting of votes”, and the turmoil that will ensue. Because despite McConnell’s (private) request to GOP senators to not join, I’m DAMN sure that Mo from Alabama will find an ally. I can’t possibly eat as much as I want to throw up when I think about all the despicable and divisive things these people have done now.

Also, on Tuesday Mr. McConnell decided – about 6 weeks too late to prevent Trump and his minions from spinning completely out of control – to recognize Joe Biden & Kamala Harris as officially elected. A move that promptly drew him into the crosshairs of Trump’s must delusional-devout followers, of course.

I’m really sorry to do this to anyone who’s reading this post but this is a perfect illustration of the sheer insanity that has these people in their grip:

I’m not even talking about the hilarious and outlandish statement about a “Chinese Communist Party takeover of America”. This is an official representative, democratically elected to the House. She is attacking the very same election process and results that got her elected. She’s by far not the only one. You can’t make it up.

Also today (and I won’t embed it here), Mr. Trump tweeted that there is “tremendous evidence” for voter fraud.

Just like there’s tremendous evidence that the Earth is flat.

*) some Bananarepublicans in “battleground states” had their own slate of pro-Trump electors cast votes also (see also: There’s Still a Loaded Weapon Lying Around in Our Election System) – these were not by state legislatures but just by the state parties, so as far as I can see, they’re completely irrelevant (since they’re not certified by the respective secretaries of state).

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