And here we thought that Donald Trump had been virtually silent for the past six days. Oh, there were a few tweets, but nothing like those sent in the pre-election days and no spoken words. it was eery…until now.
It seemed, POTUS called Byron York on Thursday to give his newsletter an exclusive. He wanted to get the word out about how the election challenges his campaign is making, especially in some key states. He claimed he would get 270 electoral votes. Okay, we are back in eery territory.
Trump explained he would like to see this:
‘We’re going to win Wisconsin. Arizona — it’ll be down to 8,000 votes, and if we can do an audit of the millions of votes, we’ll find 8,000 votes easy. If we can do an audit, we’ll be in good shape there.’
Then, Trump was off to Georgia and its two senators. If the Democrats win, then they control the Senate, but is that the president’s intent? He added:
‘Georgia, we’re going to win, because now, we’re down to about 10,000, 11,000 votes, and we have hand-counting (recount). Hand-counting is the best. To do a spin of the machine doesn’t mean anything. You pick up 10 votes. But when you hand-count — I think we’re going to win Georgia.’
Biden joked, and who knew he could even do that? He said:
‘He’ll also win North Carolina, unless they happen to find a lot of votes.’
‘When are they going to put in the new votes in North Carolina? When are they going to find a batch from Charlotte?’
The president continued:
‘They wouldn’t let our poll watchers and observers watch or observe. That’s a big thing. They should throw those votes out that went through during those periods of time when [Trump observers] weren’t there. We went to court, and the judge ordered [the observers] back, but that was after two days, and millions of votes could have gone through. Millions. And we’re down 50,000.’
York claimed that Trump’s opinion was “optimistic.” It was certainly clouded thinking. York continued:
‘Wisconsin has already been called for Joe Biden, who has a lead of 20,546 votes. Arizona has just been called for Biden, with a lead of 11,390 votes. Georgia has not been called yet and is headed for a recount, the hand recount that Trump wanted, with Biden leading by 14,057 votes. North Carolina, on the other hand, looks good for Trump. Although it has not yet been called, the president leads Biden by 73,244 votes.’
‘Both Michigan and Pennsylvania have been called for Biden, too, 148,382-vote lead over Trump in Michigan and a 54,273-vote lead over Trump in Pennsylvania. There is no way that many votes for Trump could appear, so the president’s hope is for the protests to work — so far, they haven’t — and also, in Pennsylvania, for a judicial victory over the state Supreme Court’s unilateral decision to extend the deadline in which mail-in votes could be received.
‘That is a case Trump should definitely win — the state court completely ignored the legislature’s constitutional authority to make such decisions — but that does not mean it will make much difference in the vote totals.’
‘Americans should not worry about these suits, Indeed, we should welcome them.’
‘It is also a bad idea, as a general matter to object to election law litigation. In two years, or four years — and possibly in two months in Georgia — the shoe may be on the other foot. It would look hypocritical to condemn the very idea of challenging an election result now, only to turn around and do so in different (albeit more legitimate) circumstances.’
Is York the optimist? Or is he trying to play a joke on all of us? You decide.
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