Mitch McConnell & AG Bill Barr are trying to delegitimize the Biden presidency

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Little surprise, perhaps, that the Republican establishment is deciding to side with Donald Trump’s conspiratorial lunacy. Perhaps they see it as the path of least resistance. After all, they reason, what harm could it do, to undermine the American public’s faith in the integrity of free and fair elections? Yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke for the first time about the election. His speech was disgusting, reprehensible and a mockery of democracy. He basically cosigned Donald Trump’s election conspiracies and castigated Democrats for, like, understanding that Joe Biden won the election.

What all of these MAGA ratf–kers refuse to say is that there is literally no evidence of ballot tampering or voter fraud. If there was ANY evidence, sure, even I might side with Republicans and say that there should be some investigations. What Moscow Mitch is trying to do is delegitimize the election results *just* in the minds of Trump voters. McConnell knows, long term, that he’ll be dealing with President Biden. He just wants to kneecap the Biden administration before they even come in. And Moscow Mitch wants to make the transition as difficult as possible too. I hope the Biden team was watching all of this, and I hope they understand that McConnell will always undermine them. There will be no unity or common ground with McConnell.

Additionally, Attorney General of the United States William Barr continues to act as Donald Trump’s personal mob lawyer.

William Barr, the nation’s attorney general and a Trump ally, on Monday wrote a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to pursue any “substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” He specified that such reviews can be conducted only if there are “clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potential impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

Investigations into more minor claims that, if true, would not affect the outcome of a state’s results, Barr wrote, should be deferred until after the election certification process is completed in mid-December.

In his memo, Barr cautioned that the authorization should not be taken as an indication that the Justice Department has found any voting irregularities that would impact the outcome of the election, but instead had been put in place to ensure that all Americans could have “full confidence in the results of our elections.”

But despite the caveats, the memo marked a step into President Trump’s disinformation campaign about voting. Former DOJ officials criticized the memo as partisan and as validating Trump’s claims that there are substantial voter irregularities. Republican and Democratic election officials agree there has been no evidence of widespread, even low-level, voting irregularities.

Shortly after the memo was released, Richard Pilger, head of the DOJ’s election crimes branch, stepped down from that role in protest over Barr’s memo. He announced the departure to colleagues this evening.

[From NPR]

I was actually somewhat surprised that AG Barr didn’t insert himself into the election weeks ago. Which we’ll probably hear more about in the post-mortems of the Trump administration, because you know Trump probably ordered Barr to have a lot of Democrats arrested. The fact that Barr is trying to insert the DOJ and FBI into the election results after everything is over… well, it’s just sad. And it’s just a play for time. Once again, these people are just trying to f–k over the Biden-Harris transition and kneecap the Biden presidency from the word go.

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  1. goofpuff says:

    I’m not surprised at this. I was just wondering why it took them this long.

    • BABSORIG says:

      This is birther 2. Since it was POC and most especially black people that overwhelmingly voted for Biden, this is the GOP way of telling these American POCs that their votes were not legitimate because they aren’t white. Not even dog whistles but giant bull horns.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      “I hope the Biden team was watching all of this, and I hope they understand that McConnell will always undermine them. There will be no unity or common ground with McConnell.”

      THIS. THIS is why it is SO IMPORTANT to #FlipTheSenateBlue in January. Donate to Ossoff and Warnock’s campaigns if you can, volunteer to call, write, text, help drive people to the polls….ANYTHING you can do to help. If we get these two in, then it’s an equally split Senate, and Kamala is the tie-vote. Biden will be able to put that Diseased Turtle in his place!

      WHY the republiTHUGS continue to go down the Moldy Orange Lame Duck is so completely beyond me, unless their grifting fingers are Gorilla-glued to his moldy orange a$$ in more ways than one!

    • Psudohnihm says:

      Old Mr. Murder McTurtle himself.

  2. Ariel says:

    If there was a “God” he would strike McConnell dead.

    • Winterforever says:

      Agreed. Personally, I hate him more than Trump.

      • NicDix says:

        I live here in Kentucky with him. :-(

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        @ NicDix, and your state has the most robust of all state for federal dollars too!! I knew as soon as McConnell blocked Obamas Sc pick, he was a certifiable pr#ck!!
        Also, let us not forget that this BS investigation will be paid by US the USA taxpayers, not Agent Orange.
        Biden needs ro exercise his legal right to get that twit to sign over the GSA NOW!! She is an Agent Orange appointee that needs to be forced!!

      • Northstar says:

        Agreed. Trump at his base is simply stupid. McConnell at his base is pure evil.

    • lola says:

      Yes! When will he die already?!

    • Snuffles says:

      Well, his hands have been suspiciously blue and bruised lately. Something is up with his health.

      • cassandra says:

        Probably just blood thinners, which a LOT of people his age take. Unfortunately he’s gonna turtle on for a while longer.

      • Suz says:

        @cassandra – I take blood thinners at age 38 and my skin doesn’t turn black/blue. I have no side effects at all, in fact other than a small amount bruising at the injection site on my belly. Is this something specific for people of geriatric age?

      • Giddy says:

        @Suz, I can attest that my father had that kind of bruising when he was on blood thinners in his 80’s. With age his skin became very thin and papery. With blood thinners, his skin bruised easily and even tore. It got so bad that we couldn’t even use regular bandaids because removing them caused more damage to already fragile skin. When I saw Mitch’s hands and face I assumed that he fell, tried to catch himself and hit his face. He’s got some health problems IMO.

      • Suz says:

        @Giddy – thank you for the clarification.

      • liz says:

        He had polio as a toddler. His health has always been a bit precarious.

      • elle says:

        I figured he’d gotten a “gentle reminder” to support Trumpty Dumpty from a gentleman with an Eastern European accent.

    • Leah says:

      Exactly. At this rate covid should have stepped up by now.

      • Esmom says:

        He was one of the few Republicans who didn’t dismiss mask wearing and safety guidelines. He said he laid low so avoid the virus. He know he couldn’t risk his health if he wanted to hijack the elections!

    • Regina Falangie says:

      @ Ariel: That’s not how it works with God, unfortunately in this case. Moscow Mitch will pay for his crimes against this world. Consequences are inevitable and they may not come in the way you expect. All that you do, good and bad, comes back to you.

      Mitch has so much ugliness headed his way. I don’t know his life, maybe it’s arrived and been there awhile. It would explain a lot.

    • snappyfish says:

      I think McConnells game plan is centered around the GA senate run offs. He needs those two seats to remain in the majority and he doesn’t want to alienate Trumps wack a doodle base. He knows that Trump is throwing a tantrum and has no way to “win” the election as he has already lost. As for Mitch’s health? He seems to recently had a face to face battle with the Grim Reaper so maybe that is in the near cards.

      Now Barr’s ridiculous memo was one to save his job. It basically said to DOJ in States to do there job IF something should arise. His order was basically saying Go Prosecute Unicorns if there is substantial evidence they are shoplifting”

      All of these people are an embarrassment and I do believe the preventing the transition office from being installed and the mass firings is skirting treason.

  3. Rad says:

    Of course they are! Moscow MItch’s job is on the line if Stacy Abrams delivers the votes in the run-off election in Georgia.

    • goofpuff says:

      We should all be support Stacy and donating for that runoff election. I just can’t with more years of that horrible turtle (who is just as bad as Trump) leading the Senate with those sheepie Republicans.

      • Aang says:

        I donated yesterday and I’m so angry I might donate again today.

      • liz says:

        THIS!! I donated to Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project over the weekend. I’m making donations directly to the campaigns today.

        My Atlanta born & raised nephew turns 18 right before Thanksgiving and will be eligible to vote in the runoffs. He’s getting a voter registration form in his birthday card (although I suspect his sister has already put one in front of him – she’s an organizer for the Georgia Democrats).

      • Other Renee says:

        We donated last month and are going to donate again. We have got to band together to get these two elected in Georgia. I have never donated to the campaign of a state political office outside my own state but this is too important.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        Already donated but they desperately need callers!! I can’t call, but they need callers!!
        Also, does anyone know of an excellent hacker? We could devise a plan to hack into Moscow’s twitter with his stationary and issue a damaging letter stating that he thinks that Agent Orange is a low life coward who cheats on his taxes, his wife and is stealing money from the Us tax payer. All of which is true!!

    • Nina Simone says:

      Praying she will 🙏🏾

      Their empire is crumbling and they are scrambling.

    • sa says:

      The republican senators from Georgia have already called for Georgia’s republican secretary of state to resign because of the election results. They said some nonsense about his “failures,” but it comes down to too many democrats were allowed to vote.

      I’m legit worried about what kind of voter suppression tactics they might be able to push for the runoff election, hopefully having all eyes on them will prevent anything.

      • holly hobby says:

        From what I read, Rump pressured them to do that or else he would tell the MAGATs not to support them. In what world does he still have power? These dumb dumbs are giving him the power over them. Weak

    • AmelieB says:

      I do not want Mitch McConnell to die. I want Mitch to live and watch his power slip away in the Senate. Let the next 6 years of his term be one where he has to go to work everyday and see all of his white nationalist, sexist policies undone. Let the next six years show Mitch he is powerless but because he was reelected he has to keep showing up. When he goes home to Kentucky, I want him to find two married men moved in next door, across the street is a rich, successful black woman. I want the last years of his life to be uncomfortable and complete humiliation. How do we help Mitch reach rock bottom—by focusing on Georgia’s Senate race.

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        That’s a nice thought, Amelie, but a quick, decisive end is always better. These people rarely get what’s coming to them. Drawing things out just gives them more opportunities to hurt more people.

  4. Anna says:

    Trump and the whole GOP are making me feel so nervous with them trying to steal the election.

    • Esmom says:

      Last night I was really getting frantic about PA in particular but after reading Barr’s memo I feel a little better. It seems more designed to appease Babyfists than any real play to overturn the election. Unless someone within the DOJ “finds” something. Which they didn’t with Joe/Hunter Biden so hopefully it will also end up in a dead end.

      I am concerned about the resignation of the Election Crimes head, though. Seems like we need him there more than ever right now.

      • Juls says:

        Agreed about the resignation Esmom. If he is so appalled at what Barr is doing, why not stay and fight it? Leaving means a lackey will replace him.

      • Anna says:

        Ok, that kind of make sense. But it still is giving high anxiety and worries. I’m still keeping fingers and toes for Joe and Karmala.

      • Nana says:

        Have read a few takes on the attempted legal actions – that it’s purely just to keep the birthers/Q’ers frothing about something, undermining faith in the democratic process and of course, raising some big bucks to pay off campaign debts.

      • Becks1 says:

        His letter definitely seems more designed to appease trump than anything else. But it’s still worrisome.

        Keep in mind everyone – they have to throw hundreds of thousands of ballots across several different states. This is completely different from 2000. Even if they throw out votes in Georgia for example, we still have Pennsylvania. If they throw out Arizona, we still have PA, GA and Nevada. Its going to be really hard to get judges in different states to throw out enough ballots to give Trump the election. And then you DO have to consider the impact on senate races. And every judge is going to ask why they aren’t challenging the votes in Ohio for example or Missouri or South Carolina.

        It’s going to be messy, and the Republican party is not worth shit at the moment, but they aren’t doing this because they think they are actually going to win and Trump is going to be president for a second term. This is all about hampering the transition and weakening Biden’s presidency from the start.

        NOW that’s bad, and we shouldn’t take it lying down, but McConnell et al know that Biden is the next president. That’s at least worth “something,” and now that we know McConnell’s game plan – to delegitimize Biden’s president – we can work to counteract it starting now.

      • Esmom says:

        Well said, Becks.

    • Seraphina says:

      Becks1 is correct, law professors and public policy professors from highly accredited/esteemed universities are saying the same thing: no way will Trump be able to win due to the imminence task of overturning all the states involved or a fraction of them. we aren’t talking about one state, it’s multiple states. The worrisome aspect of all of this is the undermining of the election process and how no one is stepping in to knock sense into Toddler Trump.

      • Becks1 says:

        Exactly – and don’t get me wrong, the undermining of the election process is a BIG deal, and its also really disturbing how determined to cover for Trump the republicans are. But to the extent that people are worried that Biden wont take office in January – don’t worry. He’s going to be president.

  5. Izzy says:

    They’re attempting a coup, and should both be charged with sedition.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      Vox has written a piece titled “Trump is attempting a coup in plain sight”
      It’s worth reading.

      • Jess says:

        Gingersnaps, that Vox piece is fascinating and terrifying and directly on point. Thanks. What the GOP is doing is completely undemocratic and evil. The only upside is that hopefully this will put an end to the nonsense talk about bridging the divide and working w the GOP. They have shown there is no working with them.

  6. Seraphina says:

    I am hearing on the news there is a silent majority is stalling and waiting to see what happens. Cowards all of them. I don’t believe in party affiliation, but damn if this doesn’t make me vote blue for the rest of my life.

    • josephine says:

      Cowardly and greedy. I am truly disgusted by the Republican party. There’s just nothing left of them anymore.

  7. SamC says:

    I was a poll worker. If the GOP was not being permitted in a precinct to observe, odds are pretty high it was their own fault because they didn’t follow the rules (surprise surprise!). In my town, albeit a tiny microcosm, 3 Trump campaign/Republican poll watchers showed up unannounced. They did not follow the required protocols, which included registering in advance, carrying certification documentation, identifying themselves when they arrived, only one monitor per party/candidate, etc. Yet despite that, at all 9 stations in my town, we allowed them to stay, observe, drink our coffee, even offered them donuts. They were unpleasant, glared at us all day, and left my precinct most unhappy they only had one note on their yellow legal pad after a very long 14 hour day. Friends in other states that also worked the polls had similar experiences.

    And if you are wondering what the note was….an older gentleman came in with a younger woman. Both were voting, and at one point the man called over the woman to help him read the ballot. Because he didn’t note he would need help when checking in, we didn’t have them complete the assistance form. We had them complete the form after they finished their ballots, but the GOP/Trump monitors were all over it.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      Thank you for you and your colleagues work!!

    • MaryContrary says:

      Thank you so much for your service to our country.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Thank you for working there! It is so insulting to people all over the country who did that, as well as those officials in charge of elections. For all of the craziness in our nation, our elections are remarkably secure.

    • Chris says:

      Oh bizarre, we had the same thing. One registered poll watcher woman from the Republican party showed up. She was perfectly pleasant and respectful. She joked around and kept a reasonable distance. No politics talk, it’s not allowed.

      Another “poll watcher” showed up. He was an unkempt guy who stayed for 30 minutes, asked stupid and probing questions. He also complained about people stealing his trump lawn sign which is highly inappropriate. He said he was doing a service to democracy. Then he said some polls close at 4pm. No they definitely don’t. Well you could sign up to be a poll worker then. No that would amount to actually putting in some work. It’s annoying, let us poll workers (both dems and Republicans) do our jobs. As a note, white dudes who aren’t elderly veterans need to show up. The only white guy under 80 I’ve seen working the polls was my husband. Mostly women and people of color.

      • Anna says:

        @Chris Very telling. Once again, BIPOC women get the job done while white men cry about their loss of white supremacy and work to discredit the election. Sigh…

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        The judge also shot down Moldy’s lawyers with this. He basically said: “Your bar affiliation in on the line. Now, I’ll ask again, DO YOU HAVE OBSERVERS AT THE SITES?” And they answered, “Yes, your Honor.” And God Bless the Judge, because he said, “Then what’s the problem?” and threw it out. LOVE. IT.

      • SamC says:

        At my precinct there were no POC poll workers but we had an almost equal mix of men and women and a pretty wide ranging age group, youngest was 17, oldest was 85, with most of the group 30-45 and taking the day off from FT jobs to work polls.

  8. souperkay says:

    They do not want to lose the senate and are terrified their “cue” base will leave them in mass if they don’t keep up the fraud. It is sick, they deserve to be punished, barred from ever holding office again, and rot the rest of their short miserable lives in jail.

  9. T says:

    What is wrong with these people? It’s beyond disgusting. The hypocrisy is staggering – we love America but let’s do everything in our power to spread discord and create dangerous divides among all the people.
    I am ashamed, truly ashamed, that people like this have positions of power in our country.
    Our humanity is dying.

  10. Jezebeelzebub says:

    Is it weird that nobody ever wanted to really talk about all those findings about how the 2016 election had been tampered with, probably (definitely) by Russia, but NOW there are all these allegations about an election where NOBODY can find any evidence of fuckery?

    No? Just me, then?

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t think it’s an apples to apples comparison. Russia did interfere in 2016 and continues to interfere by sowing and amplifying disinformation. States were more vigilant than ever in 2020 about the actual process of voting, to ensure the integrity of the election even as they had zero control of all the bad information people were immersed in.

      So yeah, just you, then.

      • Also Ali says:

        Someone sent me a screen shot of a Trump supporter’s rant on FB that said those same things about 2016 versus now, that the GSA not acknowledging the results shows there was fraud….and also something to do with numerology.

        We have to accept that almost half the country is lost. However, we ARE the majority. I’m so glad Biden and Harris are moving forward with purpose and for the good of the country.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Esmom- I think you’re misunderstanding JEZEBEELZEBUB- I think her/his point is that nobody wanted to talk about fraud in 2016 when there was evidence, but now in 2020, there’s no evidence, and everyone is talking about it.

        I don’t think JEZEBEELZEBUB is comparing. Not in the “Dems cried fraud in 2016 but are insisting it’s not possible now” way I see Trumpsters comparing. Which is a false analogy and strawman argument.

      • Esmom says:

        Oh, you’re right, Rapunzel and apologies Jezebeelzebub, my reading skills are clearly impacted by my stress levels. I get it. Cognitive dissonance, hypocrisy is all par for the course for the deplorables.

      • Lady D says:

        @Also Ali, It’s not half of the country lost it’s 70 million, approximately 1/5 of your country. Not the worst odds.

    • anniefannie says:

      No, it’s not just you!
      When all of our intelligence agencies had concrete proof of Russia’s meddling in 2016 the GOP when forced would grudgingly acknowledge (some roundly denied ) with little or no effort to address or contain moving forward.
      Now, the mere suggestion of domestic voter fraud with zero evidence these same villains are in a frenzy?!? The hypocrisy & cynicism is staggering!!!

  11. Dss says:

    As an aside to all of this. I think Moscow Mitch is quite ill. Every picture that I see of him, his lips are cyanotic. I truly believe that he is living on borrowed time before he gets swallow up into his special circle of hell. (His circle of hell will be that he is subjected to an eternity of having to do poop patrol for Champ and Major on the East lawn)

    • Esmom says:

      I know, he looks terrible, like he’s rotting from the inside. I wonder how he managed to stay upright. I’m sure a superhuman determination to cling to power is the only thing keeping him going.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      I’m going to say but I hope he keels over soon. He is just an oxygen thief.

  12. Gutterflower says:

    Completely irrelevant, but my god that is an ugly man. Inside and out.

  13. Winterforever says:

    Soulless devil, and that’s a kind definition.

  14. jen says:

    I said this was going to happen:

    “I wish I could celebrate with the rest of you, ,or even hope that this is/will be true, but this is not over. Trump will never leave-his evil has infiltrated so much of this country and he has dirt on so many other traitors and has so many sycophants. I still think Barr and some members of the Supreme Court are going to pull something. And then there is still despicable Mitch McConnell to contend with. And millions of Americans still voted for this racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, greedy, lying, rapist sociopath, who murdered members of their own families by denying COVID. I want to exhale but I can’t. We can’t let down our guards. We owe it to every human being who has been demeaned, attacked, silenced, imprisoned and murdered by this Evil, to keep our eyes, ears and hearts wide open and continue fighting this war for the soul of this county.”

    He is never going to go.

    • MsIam says:

      I believe the Money Cabal is going to move Trump along one way or another. The US looking unstable is bad for the bottom line, especially with Europe on the verge of shutting down due to COVID. If the Supreme Court or Mitch McConnell look like they are tampering with the election results you would have unrest from coast to coast, which again is bad for business. Plus how can other nations have confidence in the US government if elections can be overturned if the losing party is mad? If that can happen with the president then why not with any election? I think they are letting Trump have his tantrum for a few more days and then someone will say “Enough!”

      • Suz says:

        @MsIam – You are right. If they overturned an election that Biden clearly won, with no evidence of massive voter fraud, we are inching ever closer to a civil war. I know Republicans love war, but they usually like to bomb poor countries far away. Trump wouldn’t give a sh*t if all of America burned down. I’ve always believed that he’ll try to burn the whole place down to take us down with him. He’s a psychopath. But is this really what the rest of the GOP wants?

      • Anna says:

        Agreed @MsIAm My concern is that they haven’t worried about how the U.S. looks to the rest of the world one bit over the last four+ years so why would they worry now? The party and their leader actively encourage unrest from their minions across the country so why would they care if the country is burning from coast to coast? That actually works in their favor to delegitimize Biden’s incoming presidency. They want to destroy the country after they’ve squirreled away as much of the “spoils” as possible. So what really is keeping them from this.

      • MsIam says:

        Anna, I’m not talking about other countries, I’m talking about these big multinational corporations and investors. It’s what they think and where they will put their money. And the unrest that has happened has been pretty isolated and short lived. But the longer this drags on the greater the chance something bigger will jump off. I think they will let Trump grump around for a few more days while they work out a “deal” and then he’s gone. He never wanted to be President anyway, he doesn’t care about traditions or an orderly handoff. He just wants to be Trump.

  15. heygingersnaps says:

    how can people still elect that racist and garbage of a human being called moscow mitch?!?! How?!!!!?!
    I hope Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win the GA senate run offs!

    • liz says:

      Hubby used to spend a lot of time in Kentucky for his job. He was in Louisville three or four days a week, 3 weeks a month, 6 months a year. Mitch is fucking institution and has the backing of every major employer in the state. He makes sure that the coal mines don’t have to clean up after themselves and he made sure that Humana got the big contract with TriCare. He directs just enough of the agricultural subsidies to KY to keep them happy. The people who have those jobs don’t want to lose them, so they keep Mitch in office.

      McGrath was also just a terrible candidate. That state would have (and did) vote for a corrupt walking corpse instead of her.

  16. Busyann says:

    Why are they like this? What happened to these people? Do they think people are going to forget how they reacted to Biden winning?

  17. Deanne says:

    As a Canadian, can anyone explain to me how Trump was robbed in the votes, but Mitch the Bitch and all of the other Republican assholes were still elected on the same ballot? Wouldn’t the Senate seats have been flipped as well, since they control everything? It literally makes zero sense, You seem to be on the verge of losing your democracy.

    • Nana says:

      Have been listening non-stop to NPR from OS for over a week now and no…. no-one’s been able to answer that question.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Deane- I’ve heard that question answered with “that’s how you know the Presidentsl vote was fraudulent… because Republicans did so well in the other races” I was like, “Huh?” That’s nonsensical.

      I’ve also heard it simply answered with “well the voting machines were only changing the Presidential votes because the Dems are dumb.” I’m like, “Huh?”

      The better question is “if it’s fraud, then why wasn’t it a landslide for Biden?” There’s zero logic in rigging a race and making it close enough for a recount and so close that it takes days to call.

    • Anna says:

      I have this same question.

  18. Veronica S. says:

    I think the thing that surprises me most is that they clearly had no backup plan. Like, they were 100% convinced that all of this voter suppression would work and people wouldn’t get Trump out. The fallout has been very telling about just how much damage they were planning to do. Voters will need to be very vigilant in the next two elections. These people will fight us every step of the way to burn the country down on their way out.

    • Esmom says:

      Right. They were counting on the system they have spent decades breaking to come through for them. We should be relieved that it has held, but there is so much work to do, so many guardrails that need to be put into place, so that we don’t come so close to crashing over the cliff again.

  19. LightPurple says:

    McConnell voters in Kentucky, is this what you really wanted? The destruction of our Republic? Because that’s what this guy is aiming for.

    Why don’t you just secede from the USA and leave the rest of us alone?

    • Anna says:

      Yes, please.

    • AmelieB says:

      I have no idea how Mitch won Kentucky so easily even with the Pro-lifers and Christian sexism (The whole argument that supposedly the Bible says women cannot be leaders. I constantly hear that one when canvasing). But this year was different. I had 70 year old, hard core Republican neighbors saying Trump had deceived them and Mitch needed to retire. On the most rural roads of Kentucky there were McGrath signs and handmade Dump Trump signs. Everyone is praising Democratic Governor Andy Beshear for his response to Covid–Ky is a pre-existing medical condition cesspool–We should of been obliterated by the virus. Don’t forget, we are in a Pandemic and a young, hard-working, aspiring nurse, Breonna Taylor, was gunned down in her sleep by police. This was going to be the year where Mitch loses big time. I heard the KGB strategy is to accuse the other side of the crime you yourself are committing. But no one is going to investigate Republicans for voter fraud. The Kentucky voters website only allows you to see if your mail-in ballot was “received”. I have no way of telling if it was counted. I have contacted the county clerk’s office three times and they reassure me I would have received a letter in the mail if my ballot was rejected but with the USPS shenanigans who knows if or when I would ever receive that letter. Kentucky does not need to secede. Ky is sending an SOS to the rest of the country.

  20. alexc says:

    And this is another reason Biden should end all discussion of any bipartisan BS. You don’t negotiate with people trying to destroy you.

  21. Millennial says:

    It’s funny to me that Barr (and the rest of them) acts like he’s not going to stab Trump in the back the second it’s no longer politically advantageous to be his crony. I imagine half the administration has book deals already lined up ready to spill all the tea on Trumps illegal shenanigans

  22. Leah says:

    They can say what they want, but the people have spoken.

    Georgia is what is important now and Mitch (and his crew of traitors) are trying to distract). They win those two seats and Mitch gets knocked down a few pegs.

  23. Rapunzel says:

    The PA lawsuit is essentially just them demanding mail in votes be discounted. That’s a DOA argument. No lawsuit of there’s will succeed.

    Barr’s committee is going to find nothing, and Trump will fire him and say he’s responsible for the Trump loss because he didn’t do his job and find the fraud. Trump will leave for Mar-a-Lago at Thanksgiving. When votes are certified on 11-30, it will be during this vacation. He will spend the rest of his presidency in FL Tweeting about how he was robbed. While Biden is inaugurated, he’ll hold a rally.

    • Suz says:

      Yes, I was thinking he’ll hold one of his nazi rallies during Biden’s inauguration. If he did stay in D.C. that may be the only way to get him out of the Oval Office – his narcissism can’t resist the adulation of his cult members. He won’t be able to get back in after. Thanks, Secret Service!

      • Anna says:

        Speaking of D.C., I absolutely loved seeing how it was almost 100% for Biden-Harris (mid-to-high 90%)! And the people dancing and celebrating in the streets! Ha! Bring it! To quote P Funk’s George Clinton from the 1975 classic “Chocolate City”: You’re my piece of the rock, C.C. and I love ya!…Gainin’ on ya!”

      • Sara says:

        @Anna – D.C. is a predominantly Liberal Democrat City (and my old home). We voted 96% for Hillary in 2016.

    • Cheryl says:

      Yes! I like this prediction. It seems likely!

    • Veronica S. says:

      Specifically, the PA lawsuit is about the election offices allowing ballots to be received up to three days after the election as long as they are postmarked the day of the election due to mail service slowdowns. The Republican legislature challenged it, and the SCOTUS deferred to rushing it through ahead of the election. Pennsylvania’s SOS and AG saw this coming well ahead of time, though, and made sure to set those ballots aside and count them separately, predicting what Alito told them to do shortly after. They’ve been pretty blunt about the fact that it isn’t close to enough to change the election, though, so that’s pointless, but I guarantee you it’s what their plan was all along had the margins been closer.

      That’s a decision that we’ll actually want to watch, though, because the reverse just happened in Wisconsin – Democrats had sued to get the hours extended against the legislature’s will because of the pandemic. The ruling came down against the Democratic lawsuit on the basis that states determine elections and the federal court had no right to intervene, so it’ll be real interesting to hear what they have to say about our extension that was extended by the state itself. If it’s some nonsense contradictory to what the ruling on Wisconsin did, then it’s simple and blunt evidence that they’re acting in bad faith partisanship against Democrats. At that point, blue states should, quite frankly, grow a spine and start defending their states rights vigorously, openly challenging SCOTUS in the future if they try to intervene with policy choices. The best way to defang the conservative SCOTUS will be to quite literally provide it no legitimacy through acknowledgement. Play their own game, since this court increasingly has no respect for stare decisis, anyway. Barrett told us as much in her confirmation hearings.

  24. MaryContrary says:

    This is just so gross. Barr and McConnell (and those right wings a-holes like Hannity) are well aware that Biden won (BY A LOT) and will be sworn in on January 20th. They are doing this to keep the man-baby happy, and to appease the cult members. Of course by dragging this out, it hurts all of us. But they don’t care. There needs to be a serious war on disinformation going forward-because that is going to continue to damage our country.

  25. Rapunzel says:

    We also need to remember that the GOP leadership is making enemies in these states they’re contesting. These folks do not like being accused of fraud and I’m sure there are many folks in these states who are pissed that these yahoos are trying to discount their votes. PA in particular, they seem to be asking for all those electoral votes to be discounted all together? Not smart. This sh– outrages folks, so they aren’t gaining fans or voters with this.

    • Esmom says:

      Really good point. I feel like so many Trumpers, many of whom really weren’t politically engaged before this audaciously idiotic and rude guy ascended to the White House, have no idea what goes into the elections process, how dedicated these clerks and workers are and how the civic duty of voting for many of them transcends the insanely partisan war that Trump has been stoking.

      They’re idiots and my hope is that a lot of them disengage again when Trump is gone. They’re not Republicans, they’re Trumpers.

  26. Liz version 700 says:

    The real sneaking thing they are working on here is to try and globally work on ways to restrict ballots going forward. They can’t overturn this election. Not anything near just cause. The two current senators in GA want the Secretary of State fired for registering so many black people. I kid you not they said it. We have to spend the next 4 years working to help engage people in the process and register new voters. Democrats growing numbers scare them. Let’s scare them more.

  27. Seraphina says:

    Becks1 is correct, law professors and public policy professors from highly accredited universities are saying the same thing: no way will Trump be able to win due to the imminence task of overturning all the states involved or a fraction of them. we aren’t talking about one state, it’s multiple states. The worrisome aspect of all of this is the undermining of the election process and how no one is stepping in to knock sense into Toddler Trump.

  28. Tiffany says:

    The long game is not being seen here. They are setting up a case to take to the Supreme Court to make sure Black people never vote in this country again. The are worried about Georgia, and they fear Stacey Abrams and Latosha Brown and all the other Black, female grassroot organizers who made this possible. That is why they are calling our vote ‘illegal’ now.

    But don’t worry white woman, y’all will be next.

    • Lightpurple says:

      The Supreme Court hears arguments on the ACA today. Jesse Barrett’s puppet wife will do exactly what Moscow Mitch hired her to do – vote to kill us all.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Tiffany- yep. I’m a white woman and I’ve been saying it since RBG died: they’re coming for Roe, then Griswold. They want to take our right to choose and our birth control. Then, they will go after a woman’s right to vote. For sure. They already had a woman speak on it at the RNC this year.

      Ladies who vote Republican are shooting themselves in the foot.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think they’ll go after Griswold before Roe. But what a terrifying conversation to be having.

        Lightpurple is exactly right and that’s the only to put it – she’s doing the job she was hired to do by McConnell.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Becks1- Griswold might be first to make it easier legally to justify taking down Roe. But taking down Roe is going to be far more palatable to their constituents, so I think it’ll be first.

        And it infuriates me we’re even worrying about this. I take BC for medical reasons, not for birth control. And I cannot survive without it. I’m sure CA, where I live, won’t outlaw it, but I’m mad for the woman who will suffer. And the women who will lose access due to the price going up- which is guaranteed to happen in this scenario.

      • lanne says:

        I think there are a lot of woman who voted republican and have no idea what it means for them. They were either “cool girling” or they are claiming to be economic conservatives (I’m talking about the nonreligious ones). They have never heard of Griswold and barely know about Roe. They’re going to freak out when they realize their access to birth control could be taken away.

      • Tiffany says:

        @lanne.

        They know, do not and have not cared about anyone but themselves. They are the textbook ‘I Got Mine. Screw you.’ mentality. It is racism, pure and simple. They still believe this is about Black and Brown people.

        The only reason it has lasted this long for them and they have survived having them is because Black women are out here doing the work for everyone.

        They are now going to truly see where they stand and their importance.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Yep. They’re going to burn this country down if they can’t have it, and they’re going to do it by riling up the 70 million people who voted for them and convincing them that they had their American stolen from them, rather than facing the reality that the America they knew just doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s telling how Fox News is reacting to all this in that even they weren’t prepared for the beast they awakened. Voters better be prepared for what 2022 and 2024 is going to bring. This is going to be a very decisive decade for America.

      It’s why I’ve been telling people who want progressive legislature to start focusing on state coalitions. We need to get those protections in place at a state level so there are havens to which other American can escape and be protected. The federal system should be recognized as broken and favoring a regressive model. The one thing conservatives were right about is the importance of state power; it’s just ironic that Democrats will need to be the ones to uphold them.

      The unfortunate and ugly reality is that we may need to step backwards and stumble before moving forward. I hate it because it means lots of women and particularly minorities are going to pay the majority of the toll, but they’re going to come for us regardless. Stop trying to save these deep red states right now by beating against the wall and start trying to help people get out of them when the sh*t really starts hitting the fan. The simple truth is you can’t save people who don’t want to be.

      • Tiffany says:

        Deep red states have non white people whose voices are not being heard by design. They do not deserve this.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I do not remotely think those people deserve it. I grew up in the South and am aware of the voter suppression issues. Stating state coalitions and building up does not mean abandoning federal work attempts to take control of the legislative branch, and I am certainly fighting with an eye toward 2022 if we can’t swing Georgia. However, I do think we need to start preparing ourselves for what could happen in a 2024 situation if they wage a successful Trump 2.0 predecessor.

        When I say “stop trying to save deep red states,” I mean stop pandering to their dominant demographic that controls things there by letting it pull the Democratic Party further and further right in the national platform under the illusion of “concession” when they really want capitulation. Stop using the voice of only white working class people as the ones to drive the direction of the party; at this point, a lot of them are not being converted at any price. That just alienates the very people we’re trying to help. The tide is turning against the Republican, but they have a very powerful propaganda machine in place and a divided America to work with. We need to be hedging our bets by creating rights legislation at the state level and reinforcing them fiercely so if the worse happens, there are protections in place somewhere.

  29. Chris says:

    Oh I’m sure McConnell knows it’s over but he needs to keep trump voters on board for the Georgia runoffs. He has to say he supports the president publicly to be able to say that he did everything for trump. He’s a snake, but he’s a smart self interested snake. I’m not saying he respects democracy(lol), but he would rather preserve his control of the Senate. The rest of the Republicans are supporting trump because they’re 2024 hopefuls and they need trump’s support when they run. A bunch of selfish ghouls.

    People think the Barr thing is a PR move to placate trump, not a real move to change election results. Either way, it’s troubling.

    The longer his refusal to concede goes on, the more pathetic he looks. It makes him look weak.

  30. MsIam says:

    That memo sounds like Bill Barr’s pat on the head for Trump. There are enough “ifs and buts” in there to fill a stadium. As for Mitch, I think the real fear for him and the other republicans is the MAGA nuts may want to split off and form a third party if they don’t get their way. They know it’s toast for the old guard if that happens. The dems are worried about the same thing with AOC and that bunch. They know they need people like her to keep young people involved and she’s already talking about quitting after two years because the dems “didn’t have her back”.

  31. Suz says:

    Here’s what Moscow Mitch is doing: They need Trump to campaign for Republican votes for the Georgia Senate race. He is defending Dump’s lunacy so he keeps him on his side and hopes he keeps his job come January. Now that he’s lost, Dump perceives Republican politicians as having not done enough for him, not being loyal enough and therefore perceives them as his enemies. If Moscow Mitch supports his stupid claims, maybe just maybe he can get Dump to campaign for the Republican candidate in Georgia. At this point the only thing Dump will probably say at rallies is how he was cheated out of another term and the voting system doesn’t work, thereby disenfranchising Republican and swing voters. Because, (now I don’t mean to shock you) the ONLY thing Dump cares about is himself.
    I hope among all hope that the Dem candidate wins and McConnell is out of his Senate Majority leader power soon. Because he’ll do to Biden what he did to Obama and refuse to work with him on anything. And it’ll just be another four year long campaign rather than getting anything done for the country. McConnnell is so bad for his country including his constituents who continue to vote for him. But they love to vote against their own interests to stick it to the Libs and POC.

    • Cheryl says:

      It seems true. This evil being wants to keep the trump folks aroused and hoping trump will help push the vote in Georgia. But trump has never acted for anyone but his own’s interest. I suspect trump will have moved on to other endeavors by January that star himself or funnel fundraising to his own legal issues. I can’t see him getting animated for the GOP and Georgia. Trump doesn’t give back, he only takes.

      • Suz says:

        Exactly – I laugh when I read any articles about how Trump himself will still be an important figure in the GOP. Are they high? He was never a Republican. He only subscribes to the party of himself.
        What is going to last though is Trumpism which has always been the underlying characteristic of the GOP. White supremacy, voter suppression, sexism, make the rich richer and the poor poorer, etc. He just ripped all of the subtlety out of it.

  32. AmyB says:

    I just want to add here: If McConnell and Barr are backing up Trump’s claims to fraudulent and illegal votes for Biden, then why the FUCK are they fine with all the Republican votes for the Senate? McConnell is fine with the GOP taking control of the Senate right? He is not contesting any of those votes, or any of the House of Representative votes!

    Last I checked, on the same damn ballot, you vote for your choice for President, your choice for Senator, your choice for House Representative and so on. IF the ballots are illegal/fraudulent, wouldn’t all those positions be up for investigation Mitch?????? LMAO

    He is human garage and the height of hypocrisy. Term Limits people!!

    • Other Renee says:

      AmyB, absolutely yes to term limits. But how do you get politicians to vote for something that would put a limit to their power and length of time on the job?

  33. NicDix says:

    Thank you, Richard Pilger, for having integrity. The universe will bless you.

  34. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Good thoughts, good words, good actions flies straight out the window with McTurtle ( and Barr)-

    I hope they both get covid and die. Soon.

    There, I said it.

  35. Guest with Cat says:

    I can’t add to all the wise observations already made here. I will just say that the photos in this post will greatly help me lose the extra pounds I may have gained from stress eating. I think I’m going to put Moscow Mitch’s photo up in my kitchen to help me lose my appetite. Ugly inside and out, that one is.

  36. Arwen says:

    Satan, come get your turtle please. He’s loose again.

  37. teehee says:

    …..
    “But what I didn’t expect, was that it would hurt so much”

  38. L4frimaire says:

    This is all about trying to win the Georgia run-offs for the GOP. This is so cynical and manipulative. I have nothing but bad wishes and misfortune for McConnell. Trump will stay Trump but those two clowns are deliberately misleading the American people.

  39. shanaynay says:

    They are both DT’s b*^ches! They are just puppets to him. Nothing more!!! Cannot wait until Karma takes over for these despicable animals! They aren’t men! These are two little wussies waiting to get fed a treat from DT for doing tricks for him!