As you’ve seen in recent weeks, I’m struggling to convey the correct tone for what’s happening in this presidential transition. On one hand, I absolutely knew the transition would be bonkers when Joe Biden won, so I’m not really “surprised.” On the other hand, it’s really difficult to strike the correct tone of disgust, concern, nausea, disbelief, astonishment, hatred and utter bewilderment as literally the stupidest people in the country attempt a slow-motion coup with the full support of millions of dumbass Vanilla ISIS supporters.
So, here we are yet again: the Trump campaign’s legal efforts are being led by Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor who forgot how to lawyer. Rudy’s 2020 lawyering skills are basically standing in front of whatever microphone in various parking lots and screaming about voter fraud and My Cousin Vinny, all while something dark and brown leaks out of his head. I suspect that Rudy is so full of sh-t that it’s coming out of his pores. Either that or he used spray-in hair dye and he began sweating it off within seconds of standing in front of those hot lights.
Imagine, just for a moment, that ANY Democratic operative behaved this way. My God. Does it even matter what the Ghoul was even trying to say or do? From Reuters:
President Donald Trump’s strategy for retaining power despite losing the U.S. election is focused increasingly on persuading Republican legislators to intervene on his behalf in battleground states Democrat Joe Biden won, three people familiar with the effort said.
Having so far faced a string of losses in legal cases challenging the Nov. 3 results, Trump’s lawyers are seeking to enlist fellow Republicans who control legislatures in Michigan and Pennsylvania, which went for Trump in 2016 and for Biden in 2020, the sources said.
Michigan’s Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield has said the person who wins the most votes will win the electoral votes of his state, where Trump trails by more than 150,000 votes. But Chatfield and Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey will on Friday visit the White House at the president’s request, a source in Michigan said, adding they were going to listen and see what Trump had to say.
Trump’s lawyers are seeking to take the power of appointing electors away from the governors and secretaries of state and give it to friendly state lawmakers from his party, saying the U.S. Constitution gives legislatures the ultimate authority. A person familiar with the campaign’s legal strategy said it has become a “more targeted approach towards getting the legislators engaged.”
A senior Trump campaign official told Reuters its plan is to cast enough doubt on vote-counting in big, Democratic cities that Republican lawmakers will have little choice but to intercede. The campaign is betting that many of those lawmakers, who come from districts Trump won, will face a backlash from voters if they refuse to act. The campaign believes the longer they can drag this out, the more they will have an opportunity to persuade lawmakers to intervene, the official said.
Just so we’re clear, elected Republicans at the state level cannot unilaterally decide to reject the will of their state’s voters on Donald Trump’s say-so. The whole point – theoretically – of letting Trump run to the courts was to see if there was any kind of cogent legal strategy by the Trump campaign, and to see if there really was any fraud or tampering. The consistent arguments from the Trump campaign is that “isn’t it suspicious that Black voters voted” and “please, Republicans, help me steal this election.” It’s batsh-t insane that this is where we are.
Oh, and of course Rudy made a My Cousin Vinny reference.
Giuliani's reenacts a scene from "My Cousin Vinny" and then casually accuses Biden of crimes. Unhinged. pic.twitter.com/3RKJeX8cWs
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
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