One week from today states will begin tallying the votes in the most critical election of our lifetimes. Yesterday, despite public outcry and suffering amid a pandemic, Amy Coney Barrett was affirmed to the Supreme Court. Aside from the fact that she’s one of the least qualified SCOTUS nominees, and aside from the fact that she belongs to a religious cult, and aside from her paper trail of radical extremist views, her nomination exposed Moscow Mitch McConnell and the entire GOP leadership as craven liars completely bereft of dignity or scruples. They conducted themselves in bad faith throughout the Obama presidency and when they lucked into an improbable and slender electoral college win with Trump in 2016, they continued their bad faith, culminating in the nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Opposite two weeks before a presidential election. We should never forgive nor forget the shameless and hypocritical packing of the federal courts by McConnell in a treacherous attempt to lock in policies that are unpopular and getting ever more so. This kind of minoritarian rule requires corruption and subterfuge, and that’s what McConnell and Trump have been doing–and will continue to do.
Our only remedy is to vote them out. In order to stop the damage to our nation, institutions, economy and global standing, we have to rid the White House of Trump. And in order to undo much of the damage, we have to flip the Senate. We only have one week left to take action before it’s too late. If Barrett’s confirmation doesn’t motivate you, what will? Both good and bad, elections have consequences.
What can we do? We can help get out the vote in swing states by volunteering with any one of a number of groups, like Indivisible, SwingLeft, MoveOn. See this recent blog post for details:
We can also take action in the sphere of public opinion. It’s obvious that Trump is pushing several lies that he hopes will help him cheat the election, lies that Fox and other outlets will echo to shield his cult from the truth. Here are his top two lies:
1) Mail-in ballots are a giant fraud. Trump needs people to believe this when his lawyers challenge the millions and millions of absentee and mail-in ballots what will be cast this year due to the pandemic. If Republicans in states like Pennsylvania feel they can tell a convincing story to citizens that mail-in ballots were rigged, they can go ahead and cast their electoral votes for Trump no matter how many votes Biden got. This is one way Trump can steal a close election.
Response: In every national election since at least 2010 roughly 25% of ballots cast were absentee and mail-in, and there’s never been any widespread fraud. Our election system can handle a larger volume of mail-in votes, it just takes longer to count.
2) A Red Wave is coming that will elect Trump in a landslide. Once again, Trump needs his people to believe this lie so when Biden beats him he can complain that he was on course to win big and his loss is therefore a sign of massive vote fraud. You can hear him now, “So unfair! They rigged the election!”
Response: We have to point out that Trump has been trailing in the polls for months (while at the same time encouraging Democrats to turn out in big numbers just in case–it’s a tightrope). Even polls conducted by Fox show Trump behind. His lies about a red wave are fantasies based on desperation.
Trump is lying about Covid, too, even as daily case rates hit record highs. Hospitals in many mid-western states are at capacity and some folks are being turned away from ICU beds. Despite Trump’s lies about the virus “rounding the turn” and being “on the way out,” there is no end in sight to the broadening spread, and no effort by Trump and his derelict regime to slow or contain the outbreak. The GOP under Trump has become a death cult.
Early voting continues today and every day through Sunday. If you haven’t already, please make a plan to vote and consider voting early.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”