Election Day has passed, and we still don’t know who the next president will be. This scenario was not unexpected. Indeed, it was pretty much common knowledge that it would take several more days to determine the winner of the election.
But this election is shaping up to be more than just waiting for all of the votes to be counted, or conveniently found in random places, as the case seems to be. This is the start of the actual battle over the results of the presidential election, and, as I predicted on the Hotep’s election coverage live stream last night, it is looking more and more like the courts will settle this matter.
— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) November 4, 2020
Several battleground states like Georgia, Michigan, and North Carolina are still too close to call. While President Trump enjoys a healthy lead in Pennsylvania, it is still too early to determine whether or not former Vice President Joe Biden has room to make a comeback as the state is still waiting on mail-in ballots to arrive. However, the Democratic candidate did manage to squeak by in a questionable count in Wisconsin. It appears that the Democrats might be attempting to do the same for Biden in Michigan.
At this point, it seems clear that the Democrats are attempting to steal the election. My colleague Streiff noted the Democrats’ suspicious overnight gains in key states:
“The solid lead that President Trump seemed to have amassed last night has evaporated. In Michigan, over 100,000 Biden votes were added to the totals. Not 100,000+ Biden votes and a smaller number of Trump votes. A tranche of 100,000 purely Biden votes were dumped into the system early this morning. This is statistically implausible, but it shows an in-your-face-f***-the-rules attitude that characterizes the rule of our favorite gauleiterin, Governor Gretchen Whitmer.”
President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday, announcing that his legal team will be “going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” and that “we want all voting to stop.”
He added, “We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list.”
The New York Post reported that the Trump team is going to demand a recount in Wisconsin. Bill Stepien, Trump’s campaign manager, told the news outlet that there are discrepancies in Wisconsin counties that raise doubts about the state’s final count.
“Despite ridiculous public polling used as a voter suppression tactic, Wisconsin has been a razor thin race as we always knew that it would be,” he pointed out. “There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results.
He added, “The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”
The Biden camp took issue with Trump’s arguments on Wednesday, calling his remarks “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect.” They claimed they were “a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”
As I wrote yesterday, both campaigns have been raising funds to prepare for the eventual legal battle that will break out after Election Day. Now, it is evident that these funds will be put to good use. Fox News reported that “Trump’s campaign has formed what it has called ‘Lawyers for Trump,’ a coalition to ‘protect the integrity’ of the election’”
From Fox News:
“The coalition is being led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, as well as California Committee Member Harmeet Dhillon and former Deputy White House Counsel Stefan Passantino. The group includes prominent Trump-allied attorneys like Giuliani. former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Attorney General Ed Meese.”
Team Biden has also built its army of attorneys and recruited a number of lawyers, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, to engage in the battle over the contested election. It also includes a team at — wait for it — the Perkins Coie law firm, which hired Fusion GPS to conduct oppositional research that produced the infamous Steele dossier.
Both teams will be litigating lawsuits that were filed before Election Day and subsequent legal actions that will be filed afterward. While some predicted that we would know the result of the presidential election only a few days after Nov. 3, this battle could last weeks, even continuing into December.
All indications suggest that America is in for a prolonged battle and a media circus that will make the 2000 election look like an exercise in sober efficiency. At this point, the race is still too close to identify a victor, and the inevitability of a contested election will create yet another national debate over who should occupy the Oval Office. But it is 2020, so what did any of us expect?
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