As Donald Trump chips away at centuries-old institutions, people stand in disbelief. He does not take them down all at once. No, he does it bit by bit so that Americans do not see the severity of Trump’s bombs. Tuesday, he went for the kill during the presidential election. So what now?
POTUS has been attacking our very democracy on several fronts. Russia and China could not have been happier. He went after Joe Biden like a rat-seeking bulldog, snarling and biting all around his opponent’s credibility. Another way he has chewed through U.S. elections was taking the mail-in voting process to court.
Fortunately, the country still had good judges in spite of the president’s and Senate Leader Moscow Mitch McConnell’s best attempts to destroy that system, too. They have been loading the courts, including the Supreme Court, with Trump’s acolytes. This Montana District Court judge was great.
Judge Christianson said no to the Trump campaign’s best efforts to cut the “expansion of mail-in voting in the state,” according” to CNN.
But District Judge Dana Christensen ruled against Trump’s campaign on Wednesday and rejected its request to block the new voting rules.
The judge’s ruling helped Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) in his election running against Republican Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). In a statement, Bullock wrote:
‘I’m pleased that today’s decision will enable hundreds of thousands of Montanans to vote safely — in person or by mail — this coming election. Montanans can rest assured that our local election administrators will preserve the security and integrity of the election process.’
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) sued Democratic Montana, Governor Bullock. He had issued a directive allowing all counties in the state to move to a basically all-mail system for the 2020 election.
In his ruling, the judge blasted the Trump-backed “fiction” that there is widespread voter fraud in U.S. elections, according to CNN:
‘This case requires the Court to separate fact from fiction… Central to some of the (Trump campaign’s) claims is the contention that the upcoming election, both nationally and in Montana, will fall prey to widespread voter fraud. The evidence suggests, however, that this allegation, specifically in Montana, is a fiction.’
Trump’s attorneys claimed “substantial evidence” caused “election experts and others” to have had a real problem with it. They were not telling the truth. The president’s own commission on voter fraud headed by the voter fraud king Kris Kobach found none. Kobach quietly packed it all up and slinked away into the night.
Christensen said that there was “substantial evidence:”
‘[T]he use of mail ballots present no significant risk of fraud.’
To read the rest of the case, go to this CNN link.
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