Punishment of Republican Challengers to the Electoral Count
Corporations Stop Donations
As covered in this essay, American corporations announced they're suspending campaign donations to the 147 Republicans objectors to last week's electoral process in Congress. Some people feel this is censorship and didn't like my use of "sedition and insurrection" to describe the Republican's actions.
There have also been calls for the objectors to resign. Some think this is wrong.
Why It Matters To Me
I am a Michigan native, born and raised there. I served my 3 years in the US Army in Georgia. I have lived in Arizona for 17 years. Three states I have personal connections to are among the states being challenged. That pisses me off.
Arizona vs Texas
Arizona was challenged because a Federal District Court judge ordered the state to extend voter registration past the state deadline to accommodate those affected by Covid-19, especially those in minority communities such as Maricopa County that have the least access to election services and were most impacted by the virus. The District Court judge was overruled by a Federal Appeals Court 8 days later and the voter registration extension was shut down.
Since when is supporting Republican challenges of easier voter registration a progressive or c99 thing? That boggles my mind.
Ironically, the extension helped Republicans more than Democrats. There were 10,922 new voters registered as Republicans and 8,292 registered as Democrats. Reference: Extension of registration deadline nets more than 35,000 new voters in Arizona
What pisses me off even more is the partisan nature of the challenge. Arizona was challenged for extending voter registration by 10 days. Texas, on the other hand was not challenged DESPITE its Republican governor extending early voting by 6 days. Gov. Abbot of Texas was sued by the state legislature for violating the state law that sets the dates for early voting. The Texas Supreme Court, which consists solely of 9 Republican members, sided with the Governor.
What Texas did was an obvious non-legislative power grab by the governor supported by the rogue Texas Supreme Court legislating from the bench like a bunch of stoned-on-reefer liberals.
But none of the 147 Republican US Representatives and none of the 13 Republican US Senators challenged the Texas electors that illegally awarded 38 electoral votes to President Trump. They only challenged states that voted for Joe Biden.
The Argument for the Challenges
Are you seriously suggesting rejection of Title 3 of the United States Code? The procedures followed by Congress on January 6 - INCLUDING the opportunity to challenge "irregular" returns - is explicitly set forth therein.
Politicians who take unpopular positions *do* leave themselves open to retaliation by corporate donors (cutting off funds), the mass media (ridicule for "frivolous" challenges), and voters (primarying and/or voting out of office at the next election). But to demand their resignation for following the law is a very, very dangerous move indeed.
My Response to that Argument
As mentioned above, none of the Representatives and none of the Senators challenged the Texas electors. And none challenged other Republican states that changed election rules but voted for Trump. I'm shocked, I tells ya!!
For the general election, at least 30 states plus the District of Columbia have made at least some changes that will make it easier and more accessible for voters to cast their ballots from home. These changes include removing strict excuse requirements or allowing COVID-19 concerns to be a valid excuse to vote absentee, allowing ballot drop boxes, offering prepaid postage on election mail and proactively sending all active registered voters applications to request an absentee ballot -- with some even skipping that step and sending the actual ballots.
The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Source: ABC News
Did you notice that I bolded about half of the states in the list of states that changed election rules? Did you also notice that NOT A SINGLE DAMN ONE OF THOSE STATES THAT VOTED FOR TRUMP WAS CHALLENGED by the Republicans in Congress who were oh so concerned about the sanctity of our elections?
And did you notice Arizona is NOT on the list? From the ABC News article: Prior to the 2020 election cycle, some states -- like Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Washington -- already had robust or predominantly vote-by-mail elections, and voters were familiar with the system, so there hasn't necessarily been a need for them to change the rules.
So it turns out the EXALTED Title 3 challenges by the Republican Heroes were based on whether a state voted for Joe Biden or for Donald Trump. Wow, voting for the wrong guy is now evidence of IRREGULARITY!!
A Quick Summary of the Georgia Challenge
Georgia is a battleground state that is slowly turning blue as them Damn Librul Yankee Baby Boomers from the North move in and as the minority population expands. Georgia was on the challenge list because it had the audacity to give more votes to Joe Biden than Donald Trump.
I give the Governor and Secretary of State partial credit for fighting tooth and nail against President Trump and his campaign minions. Trump even called the SoS and tried to solicit election fraud — "Brad, I need you to find me 11,780 votes I didn't earn. You can just tell people you 'recalculated'. If you don't work with me here, what you've done is illegal."
Let's also have a shout-out for Hero of the Senate Challenge Ted Cruz, who used the Georgia runoff elections as a fundraising tool — FOR HIS OWN CAMPAIGN FUND!!
The runoff is a gold mine for politicians. And now that they can run Facebook ads in Georgia, they’re rushing for it.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) needs your help to keep the U.S. Senate in Republican hands. So blared a handful of Facebook ads that Cruz’s campaign committee purchased this month. But none of them were actually raising money for the Republican candidates in Georgia. Instead, every penny donated went directly to… Cruz.
The Cruz campaign bought 15 separate ads on Facebook over the past two weeks, each featuring a video of the senator dramatically hyping the need to hold two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia runoff contests.
“Gun-grabbing, tax hikes, open borders, and stacking the Supreme Court. That’s the radical Democrat agenda if they win the Georgia Senate elections,” Cruz declared while pocketing the loot.
A Quick Summary of the Michigan Challenge
Michigan is a Democratic state. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 13%. Michiganders have chosen the Democratic presidential contender in 7 of the last 8 elections. Donald Trump barely squeaked out a win in 2016 by a measly 0.24% of the vote.
Yet Trumpsters are convinced Trump won Michigan by 10%. Despite his fumbling of the Federal response to Covid-19. Despite the Trump Recession of 2020 that put 1 million state residents out of work and increased the unemployment rate to 24%. Reference: Michigan jobless rate remains high in May
The underlying thesis of the Michigan challenge (apart from the technologically ignorant and patently false claims about election software that I thoroughly debunked in my Election Fraud Lies series) is that scary Black people in Detroit committed massive fraud by stuffing hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots for Joe Biden into the hands of corrupt election officials.
This, of course, is a lie. As soon as you read these facts, you'll agree. Fact 1: Detroit is 80% Black and strongly liberal. Detroit voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden. Fact 2: Turnout in Detroit was extremely low at just 49.8%. Not the 113% claimed by Election Truthers. Fact 3: The total vote count was just 250,00. That makes it impossible for there to be "hundreds of thousands" of phony ballots.
I stand by my use of the words "sedition and insurrection". These were frivolous challenges.
The challenges were deliberately targeted at overturning the victory of Joe Biden and were not based on verified wrongdoing in the challenged states. As amply evidenced by the unequal treatment of the Arizona and Texas election rule changes. And no challenges issued for the other 12 Republican states that changed election rules due to Covid-19.
There was also an element of racism involved. As shown by claims not backed by any valid evidence that Black and Brown voters in Detroit, Atlanta, and Phoenix cheated and lied and stole the election from Donald Trump. Those claims are ridiculous. Trump lost. He's fired.