Sure, it’s a confusing time with claims and counter-claims about yesterday’s elections being shot off the sides of the political parties’ campaign warships faster than any automatic weapon could fire them.
Determining what to believe might be difficult, until, that is, you realize that one of the two parties in the battle is headed by Donald Trump whose lips have never uttered anything remotely resembling the truth.
Here is a man who can’t even get his story straight from one hour to the next.
A man who is so panicked and covered with flop-sweat that it’s amazing that he can see with all the water pouring from his forehead down into his eyes (metaphorically, of course, for the benefit of you over-zealous fact-checkers).
A man who just an hour ago made a regrettable false and overreaching claim of victory in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — conveniently clarified as being “for electoral vote purposes” — as well as in Georgia, North Carolina, and Michigan, despite the fact that none of those states having officially finished counting their ballots and certifying the results.
Now, Donald Trump — having selected that fine example of probity and sober living, Rudy Giuliani, to head up his legal team in order to sue the Pennsylvania Election Board into submission — is complaining that a lack of “meaningful access” by his self-deputized “poll watchers” is damaging public faith in the integrity of the United States’ election system.
He expressed his displeasure in the usual manner, through his Twitter feed.
Our lawyers have asked for “meaningful access”, but what good does that do? The damage has already been done to the integrity of our system, and to the Presidential Election itself. This is what should be discussed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
Well if Trump is open for discussion, perhaps he should contemplate his own role in demolishing the integrity of the elections with his constant spewing of lies and misinformation throughout the campaign, particularly his ludicrous and incoherent demonization of the mail-in balloting process that was so transparently an effort to suppress the vote from Democrats who actually have enough brains to chose perfectly legal mail-in voting as their preferred method of exercising their franchise in the midst of an ever-worsening pandemic.
Trump’s sudden turnabout in attacking the results of a contest that he claimed victory in earlier in the afternoon led to much derision on social media,
4 PM: We have won Pennsylvania!
6:24 PM: Here's why I lost Pennsylvania! https://t.co/XQJm7gmWLJ
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) November 4, 2020
You have received the same “meaningful access” as every other Presidential candidate is in the past. You don’t deserve any more or any less.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) November 4, 2020
yes he did
— Lulu (@Dianegagne16) November 5, 2020
Every vote, whether it’s a Trump vote or a Biden vote, must be counted. You can’t just count the Trump votes and call all the Biden votes fraudulent and throw them out. We live in a democracy. Every vote matters. And every vote must be counted to ensure we have a fair election.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 4, 2020
No shit, as soon as you got ahead they should have stopped the vote! I mean you were ahead at one point.
So unfair! Boo Whooo! pic.twitter.com/417cYPjl43
— Jeff Mart (@Jgmart1) November 5, 2020
Trump getting the popular vote, but losing the electoral vote, would have resulted in him self combating all over fox news. As an Aussie, I find the whole process bizarre.
— Donna Arandt (@LouieLouie46) November 5, 2020
This is what should be discussed!
— Katrina Bailey (@kitty73990) November 5, 2020
so does this mean all of us around the world have to stop viewing most americans as uneducated and slow in the head….coz there was still a lot who voted for trump, just saying
— choppa (@choppa554) November 4, 2020
Oh yeah!!!! There’s covid all over that place!!!
— EvaRoby (@EvaRoby3) November 5, 2020
Oddly, there were few signs of MAGA fans dwelling amongst the replies to this tweet.
Perhaps they are all busy making unwarranted attacks on state election offices trying to “observe” the counting of mail-in ballots.
Let’s face it. No one expected Donald Trump to leave quietly in dignified defeat.
We just never knew how low he would go to embarrass himself in the process as he stamps his feet and cries “Not fair!!!”
Once a slimy weasel, always a slimy weasel.
Better keep an eye on him until he’s permanently removed and can’t destroy the White House on his way out.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.