We all know that Donald Trump has issues with strong women. There are two indelible photos of women standing over him, one Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Trump cannot stand the idea that he lost his election, especially to a woman — Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and President-Elect Joe Biden. So, the president has been flopping around like a fish on a muddy bank trying to cheat his way to a win.
Just Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Election Crimes Chief Richard Pilger resigned over Trump and Attorney General William Barr’s alleged voting irregularities, according to NBC News. There was no voter fraud.
The White House invited a team of international observers to come to observe our election. Much to the president’s chagrin, the team’s preliminary report gave “high marks” to the elections and criticized him for “baseless allegations that the outcome resulted from systematic fraud,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
It reported that individuals’
‘[Attempts to] “stop the count” in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona, “were clear examples of intimidation of electoral officials.”’
The 28 international observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) went to several locations including the battleground states Georgia and Michigan. They went to the polling stations, counting centers, and observed remotely.
The report indicated:
‘While the OAS Mission has not directly observed any serious irregularities that call into question the results so far, it supports the right of all contesting parties in an election, to seek redress before the competent legal
‘authorities when they believe they have been wronged. It is critical however, that candidates act responsibly by presenting and arguing legitimate claims before the courts, not unsubstantiated or harmful speculation in the public media.’
An election observation team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) found like results.
Leader of the short-term OSCE observer task force Michael Georg Link said the allegations were “baseless:”
‘Baseless allegations of systematic deficiencies, notably by the incumbent president, including on election night, harm public trust in democratic institutions.’
In fact, the OAS report actually praised both state and local officials for their attempts to facilitate voting during the pandemic that has so damaged the US. It did have a number of suggestions to improve the US election system in its 20-page report but found no fraud.
The report noted:
‘In his statement the Republican candidate cast further aspersions on the US electoral process, stating that “This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election. They’re trying to rig an election and we can’t let that happen.” The OAS observers deployed in the battleground states of Michigan and Georgia did not witness any of the aforementioned irregularities.’
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro headed the 28-member team which included specialists and observers from 13 countries. The State Department invited the OAS to come from October 23 through November 7:
‘On Election Day, the members of the Mission were present at polling places in Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and the District of Columbia, and observed the process from the opening of the polling centers through to the close of polls and the deposit of voting materials with the appropriate local authorities. Members of the Mission also visited tabulations centers to observe the tallying of result. In the jurisdictions that it observed, the Mission found that the day progressed in a peaceful manner.’
A more detailed final report by the OAS will follow. The full preliminary report can be reached via this link.
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