Category Archives: 2016 presidential election

Neither Trump’s 2016 nor Biden’s 2020 win is fraudulent

Put the pitchforks away.

Think logically.

Recognize facts.

The lunacy that Russia caused Donald Trump to win in 2016 is being matched now by the lunacy that illegal votes helped Joe Biden win the presidency in 2020.

Nonsense.

Trump legally and fairly won in 2016.

Biden legally and fairly won in 2020. (Yes, I’m stating he won; there’s no way Trump is going to make up the difference in at least two of the states in which he trails. He’s lost. Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.)

Toss away your conspiracy theories.

Be an adult.

Accept victory with humility and defeat with grace.

And for those of you who want to argue 2016 all over again, please spare me the tired case that Russia “influenced” the outcome four years ago.

Baloney.

For every disinformation campaign you wish to identify, I can come up with rally after rally in which the Obamas made an appearance. We’re done talking about 2016.

The voters in 2016 made their choice. What has happened since then cannot be changed.

The voters in 2020 have made theirs. What will happen as a result of a Biden presidency is still be to determined.

The victory then and the victory now is legitimate.

Let’s move on and address the problems that need attention in this country.

There will be a new Supreme Court Justice this year

The shift to the right in the United States Supreme Court will continue.

The passing of Justice Ruth Badger Ginsburg opens the door for the President to nominate another justice. It would be his third appointment in the first four years of his presidency.

Wait, you say, Sen. Mitch McConnell established a kind-of unwritten rule in 2016 when he blocked President Obama from nominating a candidate because, in McConnell’s opinion, the American people should first determine who the president would be before anyone new joins the Court.

Get real. Do you really think the senator is going to follow that unwritten rule now?

We should anticipate that the Supreme Court will have, at least on reputation, five conservative justices. That doesn’t include the Chief Justice, who, frankly, appears “liberal” in comparison to some of the jurists with whom he works.

You can argue what that reliably fifth conservative justice will mean to American law.

A quick thought on the Senate/Russia report released today

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

I’ll let all of you hash out what the Senate report on Trump and the Russians means (here’s the New York Times’ full report).

I’ll make just one point: It was released on the second day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. And that guarantees Democrats will have three full days to bash Trump (and Russia).

A coincidence?