No one made Donald J. Trump king, so it was only in his mind that he could seize the United States and abuse her. He has treated her as shabbily as he treated the women he assaulted, the 25 who stepped forward before he took office, according to The Busines Insider. His two sidekicks Attorney General William Barr and Senate Leader Moscow Mitch McConnell assisted him, even stood as guards so that people would not see the Donald’s carry out his dark impulses.
Time and time again, Trump returned to misused America’s military to his own ends and cruelly, caged little children even ripping a nursing baby from her mother’s arms. He felt no need to stop a Russian dictator from putting bounties on our most precious sons and daughters in uniform. He sent ICE agents in the night to terrorize families who fled worse. He ordered his secret police to attack legal peaceful protesters breaking the skull of one. He let 155,449 Americans die from the coronavirus through his negligence and lack of interest.
Americans, those in and out of government jobs, have had to take on righting that wrong. Thursday a woman, Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, tweeted a clearly irritated tweet to the most powerful man in the world. She spoke to him as a parent would talk to a child who was pushing the boundaries of what is right — a child never disciplined by the men in his life. A child who tormented his brother two years older, like a pitbull refusing to quit until his eldest brother dumped a big bowl of mashed potatoes on his head to interrupt the act — POTUS never forgot.
Moscow Mitch and the tweeter-in-chief managed to turn nearly all of the Republican senators into craven cowards, hiding beneath their desks. Instead of protecting the people, they turned away from right and toward the wrong. “Roy Cohn” Barr bent the law, broke it when he liked with the arrogance of the bully goon squad.
Trump tweeted that he wanted to “delay the election” in November:
‘With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???’
That was when the 63-year-old Weintraub had enough of this perpetual, three and one-half-year tantrum. This was what courage looked like, in case we have forgotten:
‘No, Mr. President. No. You don’t have the power to move the election. Nor should it be moved. States and localities are asking you and Congress for funds so they can properly run the safe and secure elections all Americans want. Why don’t you work on that?’
Former Vice President Joe Biden predicted in April that POTUS would try this, and he was right. Trump has been trying to wrest our democracy away from us and leave us in a stunned dictatorship. That appears to have been the catalyst that motivated Democrats and Republicans in Congress to push back against this black hole of emotion.
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) stood up to oppose delays. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted that Article II of the Constitution says:
‘Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.’
‘Reminder: Election dates are set by Congress. And I will oppose any attempts to delay the #2020Election.’
Trump tweet came as he ramped up his attacks on mail-in voting.
Weintraub referred to The Brennan Center for Justice:
‘There’s simply no basis for the conspiracy theory that voting by mail causes fraud. None. The *real* fraud would be if U.S. citizens were deterred from voting and our government reflected the consent of fewer of the governed.’
‘True leaders speak truth. Especially in an election season plagued by pandemic, economic uncertainty, and death, the American people deserve nothing less than the truth from our leaders.’
Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington held nearly full voting by mail. Then, there were 33 states and the District of Columbia have that option. Some have voting-by-mail with limitations.
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