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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Not Accepting the Outcome of the Election or the Litigation

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's dishonesty and his record of disregarding the rule of law.  His legal challenges to the election of Joseph Biden have toggled between appalling and farcical.    But his base continues to believe the bogus narrative.

Amy Howe at SCOTUSBlog:

The Supreme Court on Friday rebuffed Texas’ request to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in four states – Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – that provided key electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden. In a brief order issued just before 6:30 p.m., the justices explained that Texas lacked a legal right to sue, known as standing, and did not have a legal interest in how other states carried out their elections. As a result, the court rejected Texas’ lawsuit without considering the merits of the state’s case. Virtually all legal experts had given the lawsuit little chance of succeeding from the moment it was filed on Monday.
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Justice Samuel Alito filed a short statement regarding the court’s disposition of the case that was joined by Justice Clarence Thomas. Alito and Thomas have previously argued that the Supreme Court must take up any case that properly invokes its original jurisdiction, and Alito repeated that belief here. Therefore, Alito explained, he would allow Texas to file its lawsuit, but he “would not grant other relief.” Moreover, Alito added, he “express[ed] no view on any other issue” raised in the case.
Matt Lewis at The Daily Beast:
For some time now, NeverTrump conservatives like David French and Peter Wehner have been warning that “the Trump-evangelical alliance has inflicted enormous damage on the Christian witness in America, particularly among Millennials and Gen Z.” And for some time now, Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have beclowned themselves and ruined their reputations via their servile support of Trump. But what we are witnessing now is next-level stuff. “The stolen election narrative is becoming a new religious phenomenon,” warns author and blogger Rod Dreher, an Orthodox Christian who writes about religion, culture, and politics for The American Conservative.

Indeed, some Christians are attempting to intercede—to use the power of prayer and faith—to miraculously and supernaturally give Trump a second term. In one video, former Rep. Michele Bachmann prays: “Would you deliver these races in Georgia, O Father? Would you deliver various local and state races, Father… and O God, I personally ask, for myself, Michele Bachmann, Lord, would you allow Donald Trump to have a second term as president of the United States?” At least she was asking. In an attempt to supernaturally overturn the election, televangelist Kenneth Copeland performatively laughed at the notion that Biden would become president (this was after the AP called the race for him).