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The Atlantic’s Hysteria: Trump “Could Steal” the 2020 Election

The Atlantic is concerned that Americans don’t have enough to panic about from the cratering economy, the months-long shutdown, rampant unemployment, and the possibility of contracting a deadly disease. No, no, that’s not quite enough fear. So, how to drum up some more of it? Well, why not grab a left-wing professor of political science from the University of Maryland and have him pen a fantasy-laden piece about “how Donald Trump could steal the election”? Sure, why not. Gotta get those clicks.

“This is not a president who cares about the sanctity of the electoral process. After all, he has never seemed particularly concerned about Russia’s efforts to manipulate the 2016 outcome (presumably because they were on his behalf), and he was impeached for demanding Ukrainian help in his reelection efforts,” writes Professor Jeffrey Davis, apparently yet to realize the full extent of those previous hoaxes.

Realizing, perhaps, that referencing Russia and Ukraine doesn’t build the same argument that it might have in an earlier day, Davis attempts to bolster his case with a smattering of weak evidence: Trump has joked about staying in office past his term limits, he’s “embraced authoritarian leaders and policies,” (citation needed), and the Republican Party “has displayed a willingness to bend the rules for its own political gain.” By this last, he means that the GOP has been at the forefront of demanding Voter ID laws and cleaning voter rolls of dead citizens.

Okay, so we’re sure that this menagerie of idiocy is enough to convince the average Atlantic reader that Trump and the Republican Party would be willing to cheat to win the election. In fact, Davis probably could have skipped that whole part because readers undoubtedly came to the article already prepared to believe that hypothesis. The question now is: How would these evil Republicans achieve such a goal?

Well, Davis explains how the Electoral College works for those uninitiated, and then concocts his grand fantasy:

Today, all 50 states grant their residents the right to vote for president, and the people’s vote determines which electors from each state will select the next president. However, any state could change its law and instead allow its legislature to decide which electors will choose the next president.

In other words, states have a lot of power in deciding how the election will run. Today, Republicans control 30 state legislatures and Democrats only 19, with one state divided. (Nebraska technically has nonpartisan legislators, but it is a reliably red state, so I include it with the Republican states.) These red-state legislatures control 305 electoral votes, and only 270 are needed to secure the presidency. Presumably, most red states, if not all, would appoint electors who would elect Trump for another four years. Of those 30 states, 22 also have Republican governors, which means in those states there would be no Democratic governor to veto Republican legislation taking away the people’s opportunity to vote for president. Those 22 states represent 219 electoral-college votes—perilously close to the 270 required for Trump to be reelected.

Before you start shuddering at this scheme, you might want to remember that actually, back here in the real world, nothing has happened. Nothing at all. There has been no talk of canceling the November election. There has been no talk of anything. This is just some professor with too much time on his hands now that his favorite bar is closed. Somehow, The Atlantic thought his ramblings were good enough to publish. Good enough to publish? Oh, good enough to include in their “Battle for the Constitution” series, no less.

Which, of course, would be more aptly titled the “Battle to Turn Trump into a Dreadful, Fictional Monster” series. And on that point, you’re doing a hell of a job, guys.

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  1. President Trump DOES NOT NEED to steal anything. I want to go on record to state that OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT TRUMP, will win re-election by a total landslide. Hopefully taking all 50 states and leaving the demon-crat candidate out in the COLD. Way to go President TRUMP

  2. It is not that Trump would need to steal the election from anyone as the Democrat Party does not have a single individual competent enough to provide a challenge and they know that, so instead of trying to come up with a valid competitor they try to obscure the reality!
    I think the most disgusting thing is how the Democratic Party insults the intelligence of the American public in order to get their way and maintain a position of power!
    They have by their actions indicated that they are untrustworthy and care only about their power and not serving the interests of the American public!!!!

  3. The Dems had 20 people running for office. Plus 2 that came in late. And the best they could come up with is an old man with CRS (Cannot Remember Shit). The Dems circus has been like the show survivor. Except the winner is a loser. Trump is not stealing the election. It is no contest!! The Dems toke a knee! Something I did notice was that there was no FLAG AT THE DEBATES!! The question is what Country were they representing? It sure DID NOT SOUND LIKE THE USA to me! Or is it the Flag does not represent their Party? Does that mean the Dems are racist against the Flag??!!

  4. If Democrats support was as big as their ego , maybe ! But I didn’t see anyone worth a damn , media included , I’m betting they all have the same disease , moronisum ! Or imbecilism ! Democrats are surely have plans to steal the election , remember California 1,500,000 illegal votes . Hillary never won the most popular .

  5. You cant understand Donald Trump until you ADMIT that there was a literal Palace Coup attempted against him..planted evidence in the form of a Steele Dossier to frame him to make it appear he worked with the Russians..(all proven now)..then the Deep State lying over 17 times to a FISA court…then having the media REPEAT THIS LIE constantly for two years….then Trumptotally pissed off..wants to get to the bootom of how this happens so has a phone call…which ITSELF is used for an impeachment effort…of COURSE Trump doesn’t trust the Deep State…the soul of Saul Alinsky lives in the leftists ..”BLAME YOUR OPPONENNT FOR THE EXACT SAME THING YOU YOURSELF ARE GUILTY OF” …buy did THAT ever happen.

  6. You cant possibly understand Donald Trump until you ADMIT that there was a literal Palace Coup attempted against him..planted evidence in the form of a Steele Dossier to frame him to make it appear he worked with the Russians..(all proven now)..then the Deep State lying over 17 times to a FISA court…then having the media REPEAT THIS LIE constantly for two years….then Trumptotally pissed off..wants to get to the bootom of how this happens so has a phone call…which ITSELF is used for an impeachment effort…of COURSE Trump doesn’t trust the Deep State…the soul of Saul Alinsky lives in the leftists ..”BLAME YOUR OPPONENNT FOR THE EXACT SAME THING YOU YOURSELF ARE GUILTY OF” …buy did THAT ever happen …. !!!

  7. May I make a suggestion? First, consider that there is really no candidate in the Democrat field who can beat Trump. All they can do is try to damage him with the Press and endless accusations and investigations. Biden is clearly past his prime and/or ability to function anywhere near Trump. The rest of the next generation is flawed and uninspiring. They will sacrifice Biden, protect the next level, in hopes they can groom an image for 2024. Socialism will be so damaged by Trump’s next 4 that we will not have to worry about them and neither will the Democrats. If they move down in the draft and grab Cuomo, it will be no better than Sanders or Biden. Trump has shown that looking to Government for help has not worked. The great Capitalist system we have has come through and will win this. Government actually succeeded when they stepped aside at Trump’s guidance.

  8. If anyone tries to steal elections, it’s the left! Look at all the election-stealing garbage Pelosi was trying to ram into the coronavirus relief bill. It’s disgusting. Trump doesn’t have to steal an election – he’s a leader that does what he says he’s going to do. Unlike the Dems and the RINOs. TRUMP 2020! And someone like him in 2024, 2028, 2032……

  9. Wow……..I thought I had heard everything from the lunatic fringe but this is really frigtening. Too bad our asylum has been closed down. They would snap this loonie up in a heartbeat. President Trump does not need to steal anything. He has outworked, campaigned better and performed better than any lib president in history, especially the corrupt and incompetent Obama

  10. The Democrats ‘gave away” the election with their ridiculous antics and ILLEGAL COUPS (impeachment SHAM) among many OTHER things. The Democrats are going to lose one election after another in 2020 and POTUS Trump will win in a LANDSLIDE victory . . . with OR without the Great ROARING economy. The American People are FED UP with The Democrats DIRTY TRICKS and their DISHONESTY. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  11. Boy if that isn’t some arrogant noise. STEAL? Uh, I don’t think you would call “taking candy from a baby” in this instance stealing. Biden wasn’t supposed to win. He “won” the nomination by default, and the Democrats showed their hypocrisy again by throwing one of their strongest leaders, Tulsi Gabbard, IMO, under the bus. You got to hand it to the Democrats, they sure continue with their conviction that the American voter is blind, and STUPID. You’d think they would have learned in the 2016 Election that you can only piss down a man’s leg so long and make him believe it’s raining before he wakes up to being pissed off. The “writer” is mis-informed because of January of 2020, there were 26 Republican Governors…

  12. He could only “steal” the 2020 election if it belonged to someone else. Since it does not, Trump will simply WIN the election again, just as he did in 2016.

  13. I think that many of you in the Media have it wrong. While Hillary won the popular vote she lost the election because neither she or her staff respected the Electoral Collage. Our President and his staff paid attention and will continue to follow the standards of our Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

  14. Babs, HOPEFULLY the populace is WARY of the dishonest dealings of the Democrats! let’s hope and Pray . . . Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  15. Not much in the Legislative Branch will ever be accomplished until the lifetime slugs, criminals, and other dregs of society in the Demomarxist party are voted out or retire. Term Limits to save the Republic. Please, Please Please. If it was not for President Trump taking charge of this horrific pandemic our death toll would be astronomical. Yet they criticized every move he made to protect us from the coming DEATH. The Sparring and in some instances depriving ill and dying Americans the quinine and ant-i biotic combo because it has not had the blessing of the Bureaucrats. My God, this combo was used during the Korean Conflict 1950-53 and saved many soldiers lives. Read the Army medical manual online. Quinine kills viruses and the antibiotic kills the bacterial infection that follows a viral attack. Yet two governors forbid it’s use until recently. How many died for their ignorance??

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