US POLITICS: Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company – NYT

Denying defeat, claiming fraud and using government machinery to reverse election results are the time-honored tools of dictators.

Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

MOSCOW — When the strongman ruler of Belarus declared an implausible landslide victory in an election in August, and had himself sworn in for a sixth term as president, the United States and other Western nations denounced what they said was brazen defiance of the voters’ will.

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s victory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month, was “fraud.” Mr. Pompeo added: “We’ve opposed the fact that he’s now inaugurated himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. They want something different.”

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  • brandli62  On November 13, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    An interesting analogy! Is it know, whether Trump has called Putin and asked for help?

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

    New York Times:

    Mr. Trump condemned Mr. Maduro’s “usurpation of power” and said that all options, including military intervention, were on the table to remove Mr. Maduro from office and install Mr. Guaidó to the presidency.

    Just in September, the Trump administration imposed additional sanctions against what it called the “Maduro regime’s attempts to corrupt democratic elections in Venezuela.”

    Now, Mr. Trump is also refusing to accept the election results.

    Temir Porras, a former minister in the Venezuelan government who has since left Mr. Maduro’s party, said Mr. Trump’s refusal to recognize the U.S. vote “delegitimizes” America’s role as an international arbiter of democracy.

    “The argument of ‘moral superiority’ that the United States had,” he said, “without a doubt is affected by Trump’s behavior.”

    Geoff Ramsey, the Venezuela director for the Washington Office on Latin America, a Washington-based research group, said: “How does the U.S. government expect to call for free and fair elections in Venezuela when our own president won’t recognize the results of a clean electoral process in our own country? …….

    THIS IS A PROPAGANDA GIFT TO MADURO AND EVERY OTHER AUTOCRAT AROUND THE WORLD, AND I GUARANTEE THEY ARE LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF THIS.”

    Mr. Maduro certainly hasn’t missed the opportunity to gloat. “Donald Trump, here we don’t lose elections because we are the truth,” an upbeat Mr. Maduro said in a national address on Tuesday.

    Reporting was contributed by Adam Nossiter from Paris; Julie Turkewitz from Bogotá, Colombia; Anatoly Kurmanaev from Caracas, Venezuela; Abdi Latif Dahir from Nairobi, Kenya; and Monica Mark from Johannesburg

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 14, 2020 at 7:58 am

    MarketWatch by Nicole Lyn Pesce:

    Obama says ‘humoring’ Trump’s unproven election fraud claims is ‘a dangerous path’ for democracy

    Former President Barack Obama isn’t surprised that President Donald Trump has refused to concede the presidential race after Joe Biden was named the winner by the Associated Press and other major U.S. news organizations over the past week. BUT HE IS DISAPPOINTED THAT SO MANY REPUBLICANS HAVE BACKED TRUMP’S BASELESS CLAIMS OF ELECTION FRAUD.

    “The president doesn’t like to lose and never admits loss,” Obama tells “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in an interview that will air this Sunday. “CBS Evening News” previewed a clip of the upcoming segment on Thursday.

    “I’m more troubled by the fact that other Republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humoring him in this fashion,” Obama continues.

    “IT IS ONE MORE STEP IN DELEGITIMIZING NOT JUST THE INCOMING BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, BUT DEMOCRACY GENERALLY. AND THAT’S A DANGEROUS PATH.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 14, 2020 at 10:58 am

  • Dennis Albert  On November 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Rules for everyone else, except the hypocrites America, Canada and the EU.

    North of America is going to face huge electoral fraud. Justin Trudeau is planning to import 1 million immigrants and refugees yearly starting from 2021. He is bloating his voter base. Canada’s population is mainly concentrated in three major cities Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Good luck living like the slums of Asia, and Asia coming to Canada.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    As Biden Officially Flips Arizona, Meghan McCain Celebrates:

    ‘I Like People Who Don’t Lose Arizona’

    Reuters and Haaretz

    President-elect Joe Biden cemented his electoral victory by capturing the battleground state of Arizona late on Thursday, but the transition to his administration remains in political stasis as President Donald Trump refuses to accept defeat.

    Biden was projected to win Arizona after more than a week of vote counting, Edison Research said. He becomes only the second Democratic presidential candidate in seven decades to win the traditionally Republican state.

    Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Republican senator and presidential candidate John McCain shared a meme on Twitter with the line, “I like people who don’t lose Arizona,” with the caption: “In light of tonight’s news…. *sorry I had to, the meme is too funny.*”

    McCain was referencing Trump’s infamous comments about her father during the 2016 presidential campaign, in which he said, “I like war heroes that don’t get captured.”

    Cindy McCain, the widow of John McCain, endorsed Biden during the 2020 campaign and is now serving on his transition team. The McCains have been a major part of Republican politics in Arizona for decades and many conservative commentators blasted Cindy McCain over Trump’s loss in Arizona.

    Biden’s win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, more than the 270 needed to claim victory. Biden is also winning the popular vote by more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points.

    With only a few states still counting votes, the electoral math is daunting for Trump, who has claimed without evidence that the election was marred by widespread fraud.

    In order to erase Biden’s advantage, Trump, a Republican, would have to overtake the Democrat’s lead in at least three of the competitive swing states.

    The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits challenging the vote counts in numerous states, although some have already been thrown out by judges. Legal experts have said the litigation stands little chance of altering the outcome, and state election officials have said they see no evidence of serious irregularities or fraud.

    Trump’s refusal to accept the result of the Nov. 3 election has stalled the process of transitioning to a new administration. The federal agency that normally would release funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has not yet recognized Biden as the winner.

    Biden’s pick for White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, told MSNBC on Thursday that receiving transition funding is important given the U.S. government will roll out a coronavirus vaccination campaign early next year.

    “The sooner we can get our transition experts into meetings with the folks who are planning a vaccination campaign, the more seamless the transition to a Biden presidency from a Trump presidency can be,” Klain said.

    Biden was set to meet with transition advisers again on Friday as he maps out his approach to the pandemic and prepares to name his top appointees, including cabinet members.

    BRIEFINGS FOR BIDEN

    Most Republicans have publicly endorsed Trump’s right to pursue court challenges and declined to recognize Biden as the winner. But more signs of dissension began emerging on Thursday.

    Party figures such as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and Karl Rove, a top adviser to former President George W. Bush, said Biden should be treated as the president-elect.

    Meanwhile, a number of Republican senators said the Trump administration should allow Biden to receive classified intelligence briefings, though they stopped short of explicitly calling him the winner.

    The incoming commander-in-chief is typically given the briefings to ensure national security is not compromised during the transition.

    “I don’t see it as a high-risk proposition. I just think it is part of the transition. And, if in fact he does win in the end, I think they need to be able to hit the ground running,” Senator John Cornyn told reporters.

    The top House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, opposed the idea, suggesting Trump could still prevail.

    “He’s not president right now,” McCarthy said of Biden. “I don’t know if he’ll be president January 20th.”

    Democrats have assailed Trump, and the Republicans giving him cover, for undermining the country’s institutions. In an interview that will air on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, former President Barack Obama said Republicans were walking a “dangerous path” by endorsing Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

    Biden has taken a measured approach, saying this week he viewed Trump’s claims as “embarrassing” but insisting he was not worried about the impact on his transition to the White House. His legal advisers have dismissed the Trump lawsuits as political theater.

    The top Democrats in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on Thursday called on Republicans to accept Biden’s victory and work on crafting a relief package to address the effects of the pandemic, which has killed more than 241,000 in the United States.

    A number of states and cities have begun implementing fresh public activity restrictions in the face of a huge nationwide resurgence in cases.

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