At Thursday’s press convention, the hair dye pouring down Rudy Giuliani’s face might have stolen a lot of the chuckles, nevertheless it was Sidney Powell—first girl of right-wing conspiracy theories—who stepped as much as declare that Biden had deliberate prematurely for the election to be stolen utilizing software program developed to safe the election of a South American dictator. As completely nonsensical as Powell’s concepts sounded, and are, she took them on to Fox Information the place she joined with Lou Dobbs to make it clear she was not solely holding a knife to the nation, she was greater than ready to ship the deathblow. “Your complete election, frankly, in all of the swing states needs to be overturned,” mentioned Powell, “and the legislatures ought to ensure that the electors are chosen for Trump.”
What hurt can “a bit of little bit of time” do? That’s how lengthy it’s taken to get from “nobody critically thinks the outcomes will change” to Trump’s authorized workforce brazenly calling for the election outcomes to be overturned, no matter courts, certifications, or proof.
As The Washington Submit reviews, Trump is exerting the complete energy of his workplace for no function aside from to stay in workplace. This was one of many best fears of the founders, and the explanation why George Washington strolling away from the White Home is universally considered his strongest act—as a result of he didn’t must. Washington set a precedent for peaceable transition and surrendering the workplace to political opponents, however he didn’t must. The White Home presents large entry to each energy and knowledge that gives leverage for any occupant. Trump used that energy in his try to demean Biden and his household earlier than the election. Now he’s utilizing it much more blatantly in his try to easily keep, it doesn’t matter what the voters need.
And Republicans are doing … nothing. Nothing besides encouraging him.
It’s not as if this needs to be a shock. In any case, Trump was caught utilizing that very same energy of workplace to extort a overseas authorities into offering false info he may use on this similar election. The Home of Representatives rightly impeached him for this act. Republicans within the Senate then determined they didn’t even want to talk to witnesses to offer Trump a cross. What’s taking place now is a direct results of what occurred then: Republicans put Trump above the legislation, and have proven no signal of trying to deliver him down.
As a number of sources have famous, regardless of Giuliani and Powell waving round claims of affidavits, they haven’t submitted their claims of an unlimited invisible conspiracy that modified votes in Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, and all over the place else that Trump misplaced. It’s all however sure they by no means will. As a substitute, they may simply proceed to chum the waters for the 70% of Trump voters who already consider that election fraud is an actual factor.
Trump has invited the Republican leaders of Michigan’s Home and Senate to hitch him Friday in Washington. The aim of that assembly is expressly to debate the proposal that Powell bellowed about on Dobbs—changing the electors chosen by the voters with a slate assured to vote for Trump, regardless of his dropping the state by 155,000 votes. Why begin with Michigan, when that state was not even shut? Precisely. If Trump can persuade the Republican legislatures of Michigan to hitch him in a coup, then states with a narrower margin needs to be a pushover.
Trump’s direct manipulation of the electoral consequence has already been evident within the state, as electoral canvassers bought calls immediately from the White Home telling them to refuse to certify the vote, whatever the info. That is the very high of the political pyramid, reaching right down to the very base, to ship a literal order from on excessive to subvert democracy.
Thursday’s press convention, with Giuliani’s hair dye flood and Powell bellowing about somebody who secretly met with a dictator who has been useless for nearly eight years, was actually ridiculous. Nevertheless it doesn’t matter. As a result of Giuliani would possibly as nicely have stood earlier than the microphones and mentioned “we don’t care concerning the proof, we’re right here to steal this factor for Trump.” The impact could be the identical. Ridiculous doesn’t all the time equal frivolous. There’s no proof for something Trump’s workforce is saying, however there’s very a lot some extent.
If Michigan lawmakers come to speak to Trump in the present day, it is going to be one of many darkest moments within the nation’s historical past—and no quantity of hair dye pouring down or bugs dropping in will change that.