“The First Thing We Do”: The Lawless Campaign To Harass Lawyers Representing The Trump Campaign

Below is my column in The Hill on the successful campaign that has forced firms to drop Donald Trump or the Republican Party as clients in the ongoing litigation over the 2020 election. Notably, this campaign started soon after the election was called for President-Elect Joe Biden.

Here is the column:

Less than a week after the election being called for President-elect Biden, supporters are turning to Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” for their first priority: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” That lawless fantasy of the character “Dick the Butcher” appears to have found acceptance not only among some of the public but some lawyers themselves.

Within 24 hours of the election being called, the media and an array of legal analysts declared no evidence of voter fraud to change the outcome. The problem was that we had not even seen the Trump campaign’s filings or evidence. As Trump lawyers began to file cases, alleging everything from deceased voters to biased authentication, the solution became clear: Get rid of the lawyers. No lawyers, no cases, no Trump.

What is most unsettling is that this effort is led or cheered on by lawyers. Take Washington Post columnist Randall Eliason, who gained notoriety supporting an array of theories on impeachment or criminal claims against Trump, including a bribery interpretation long rejected by the Supreme Court and not adopted even by the impeachment-eager House Judiciary Committee. Eliason wrote a column, “Yes, going after Trump’s law firms is fair game.” (Everything seems fair game if the ultimate target is Trump.) Eliason shrugged off the notion that attacking a person’s lawyers, rather than his positions, is beyond the pale: “Law is a profession, but these mega-law firms are also big businesses. Like any business, they can be held accountable by the public — and by their other customers.”

The law is not like any other business, however. Lawyers speak for others, including some of the least popular among us. I have represented clients ranging from judges, members of Congress and whistleblowers to spies, terrorists and polygamists. Many were hated by the public, who demanded that I be fired from my law school — but I have never seen such a campaign led by lawyers against lawyers.

Our legal system works best when competent lawyers present cases to dispassionate judges. In this case, some 72 million Americans voted for Trump, and many believe changes in the process — particularly the massive increase of mail-in voting — undermined the election’s integrity. That is why these cases are important: Faith in our legal and political systems depends on fair access to and representation in the courts.

As in the past, there is a disturbing symbiosis of the media and activists feeding off each other. When Biden was viewed as the likely winner, theories of voting irregularities instantly became “conspiracy theories.” Groups like the Lincoln Project targeted law firms and launched a campaign to force lawyers to abandon Trump as a client.

This effort resulted in Twitter blocking the Lincoln Project for targeting individual Trump lawyers in a tweet (accompanied by a skull-and-crossbones emoji) that was deemed threatening and abusive. That only seemed to thrill the Lincoln Project. It reportedly joined Democrats in targeting law firms like Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur and threatening its lawyers with professional ruin. It claimed that any firm working for Trump on election litigation was part of a “dangerous attack on our democracy.” Trying to strip people of their counsel, of course, is the real attack on our democracy — and it worked: The firm buckled and withdrew, saying the pressure caused internal struggles and at least one lawyer’s resignation.

Other campaigns have targeted individual lawyers and what used to be called “fellow travelers” during the McCarthy period. After the election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for liberals to assemble enemies lists of those “complicit” in the Trump administration. (Ironically, the first entry by a Bernie Sanders surrogate were the Republicans who founded the Lincoln Project). Former Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan proudly tweeted: “WH staff are starting to look for jobs. Employers considering them should know there are consequences for hiring anyone who helped Trump attack American values.”

However, the effort to intimidate lawyers representing Trump or his campaign is not about vengeance. It is about insurance. Even though the success of these challenges is small and shrinking, opponents do not want to risk any judicial scrutiny of the vote. Social media campaigns targeted the clients of firms like Jones Day, while the Lincoln Project pledged $500,000 to make the lives of these lawyers a living hell. It is the kind of tactic used by Antifa and other activists to “deplatform” speakers or harass individuals at their homes.

Trump is highly unpopular with many Americans — and virtually all of the media — so it is popular to harass anyone who supports or represents him. It is mob justice targeting the justice system itself. Yet, lawyers like Eliason are applauding the effort.

Eliason justifies such harassment by saying the Trump campaign and Republican groups “have filed lawsuits that appear to contain baseless allegations of fraud and that seek to have lawful votes rejected.” Note the word “appear.” Eliason did not know when he wrote the column because he has not seen the evidence. Neither have I. We only began to see underlying evidence (or the lack thereof) this week as courts held hearings into pending motions. It is the difference between wanting something to be true and knowing something to be true. That is generally what courts determine.

Yet, there is little patience for discussing, let alone litigating, these legal issues. On Friday, I discussed these challenges, including a Michigan district where thousands of Trump votes were initially tallied as Biden votes; the district used the same voting software that has been the subject of much national debate. While I explained that the mistaken tally resulted from human error and nothing “nefarious,” the question remains whether such new systems or software might be vulnerable to human errors. Despite my stating there was no evidence of systemic problems, Colorado Law Professor Paul Campos denounced me as akin to a “Holocaust denier” who should be fired.   I was accused of “both sideism” for discussing the claims of the Trump campaign, even when noting that Biden appears the duly elected president.

Notably, the person most undermined by these efforts is Joe Biden. Rather than call for a transparent review of these cases to affirm his legitimacy as president-elect, his supporters are harassing lawyers and running a hysterical campaign of retaliation. It is an ironic twist: For years, many of us marveled at how guilty Trump looked in his efforts to bully accusers and scuttle the Russia investigation. The best thing for Trump would have been to support a full, open investigation. Likewise, there is no compelling evidence of systemic election fraud now, and the best thing for Biden would be to support a full, open investigation. Threats and biased media coverage only deepen the suspicions of Trump voters.

There is an alternative. We can all agree that every vote should be counted and every voting case be heard. Our political and legal systems both require a leap of faith — and this crisis of faith has now moved from the political to the legal system. Courts are supposed to be where reason transcends the rage that reigns outside the courthouse. However, it still requires lawyers.

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  1. “IT’S STATISTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE”

    You don’t say!
    ___________

    Clarks Mills, Pennsylvania

    Driving through this rural area late Thursday morning, nine days after Election Day, it’s clear the extraordinary enthusiasm for Donald Trump has not waned. “TRUMP 2020: NO MORE BULLS—” remains a popular sign, as does “DRAIN THE SWAMP,” as does a placard protesting Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Democrats: “FIRE THE LOCKDOWN LIBERALS!” Trump flags fly alongside the American flag in front yards. As usual, there’s not a Biden–Harris sign for miles. Ask folks in these parts, and they’ll tell you that Donald Trump couldn’t have possibly lost Pennsylvania.

    “There’s no way,” says Marty, a 55-year-old president of a manufacturing company down the road, off Rt. 79. He attended the massive Trump rally in Butler, which drew an estimated 58,000. “I will go to my grave believing this election was stolen through mail-in ballots.”

    Marty works with the huge Shell Chemical ethane cracker plant being built in nearby Beaver County — the largest construction project underway in North America. The $5 billion–plus project will create almost 20,000 jobs in the area. It’s a symbol of how the energy sector and fracking have resurrected once-dead mill-towns like Monaca, Pennsylvania.

    “A buddy of mine there tells me that there’s a not a guy in that plant who didn’t vote for Donald Trump,” says Marty of the 5,000-employee factory. “And those are just the guys at the plant. Add in their families and the various support industries. It’s doesn’t add up. There’s no way that Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania. It’s statistically impossible.”

    – Paul Kengor

  2. You are right to point out instances of people intimidating or shaming lawyers for representing clients. Everyone should be able to hire a lawyer. But your analysis otherwise is perverted into extreme bad faith. No one is afraid of having the count scrutinized. The court cases are being knocked down because they lack evidence. That’s the process. What is objectionable is the grotesque lies preceding the cases and their fascistic aim: to get the GOP to reject the results of the election. Trump and his goons will say any smear outside of court to sway their base, which then pressures GOP politicians to go along. But the crazy claims are not repeated in court. That is dispositive: the court cases are a sham, the PR campaign is the real game. That’s why Trump’s lawyers are quitting — it’s all a sham.

    Rudy admitted this in 2017. His public claims of Mueller illegality and bias were not meant to stop Mueller in court, they were meant to rile the base into not accepting the inevitable impeachment trial. He said the “real” court was the people. But he didn’t mean that idealistically. It was a tactic: Trump would not be accountable to the law and the constitution, to the House or the Senate; instead, he would be protected by his gun-toting racist mob. Trump’s legal crew means to use the same tactic to deny that Trump lost the election.

    The only thing unclear is if Trump means to retain power illegally, through violence, or if this is all a ploy to retain his base for an upcoming business venture.

    1. The court cases are being knocked down because they lack evidence.

      Thanks for the recycled meme. Always an education.

  3. OT:

    “South Dakota nurse says many patients deny the coronavirus exists — right up until death”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/11/16/south-dakota-nurse-coronavirus-deniers

    https://twitter.com/NewDay/status/1328319845012824065

    ‘New Day
    @NewDay
    ·
    16h
    A South Dakota ER nurse
    @JodiDoering

    says her Covid-19 patients often “don’t want to believe that Covid is real.”

    “Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real.’ And when they should be… Facetiming their families, they’re filled with anger and hatred.”’

  4. Three Wrong Counts In Three Minutes’: Georgia Recount Auditor Says Things Aren’t Adding Up

    A Republican National Committee monitor in the Georgia recount efforts came forward claiming he witnessed a counted wrongly calling out votes. According to the monitor, the counted called votes that should have gone to President Donald Trump and claimed they were for former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “So, second person was supposed to be checking it, right. So, three times in three minutes she called out Biden. The second auditor caught it and she said, ‘No. This is Trump.’ Now, that’s just while I’m standing there,” Hale Soucie, the monitor explained. “So, does the second checker catch it every time? But this lady, three times in three minutes, from 2:09 to 2:12, she got three wrong.”

    Soucie said he left the original table he was where they were recounting ballots for Cobb County. He claimed he left the table because the second person wasn’t looking at the vote but was automatically assuming that the first counter was correct.

    According to the insider, table 17, where they were counting votes for Cobb County, was where the woman called the wrong votes. Table 18, which was also counting votes for Cobb County, is where Soucie said he witnessed the second person not looking at the ballots.

    “So, I go and report it. They say, ‘Oh, we’ll talk to the [Cobb County] election officials.’ They talk to her. And so I come back by again in a few minutes and she’s not doing it after I’ve talked to her,” he explained.

    The RNC monitor stated that after he left the table, election officials kept a close eye on him and pointed him out despite him simply observing the process.

    “I haven’t done anything wrong. All I’m doing is writing down and observing to tell what happened,” he explained.

    Soucie said he made another slow lap around the room and reapproached the woman. He allegedly heard her say, “‘I’m paid by the taxpayer and this f**king a**hole is coming out and watching me.'”

    – Beth Baumann, TH

      1. CNN is fake news. At best they take political news out of context. All credibility was lost with the Russia Hoax and the Steele Dossier.

  5. While I like the Lincoln Project, I did not agree with this tactic. I, however, am very unsympathetic to attorneys who tie up the courts with bogus claims like these Trump attorneys are doing. Rule 11. It should mean something.

      1. Yes, Kayla, bogus.

        George is a nut and an extreme chauvinist. He thinks women shouldn’t have the right to vote. Did you know that about him? He thinks Black Americans should be sent to Africa. Did you know that about him?

        Do you agree with George that you shouldn’t have the right to vote?

        How is Hugo Chavez relevant to US courts and Trump attorneys tying up the courts with bogus claims?

        1. “George is a nut”

          Whether he is or he is not, that has nothing to do with what was said. You are as much of a nut as he, perhaps more so.

          He was talking about the election and suddenly you bring up other issues. Are you unable to focus on what was said? Apparently not.

          “How is Hugo Chavez relevant to US courts and Trump attorneys tying up the courts with bogus claims?”

          This demonstrates how unaware you are of things that have been proven and things discussed by Democrats including Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, etc.

          Knowledge doesn’t seem to be your strong point.

          1. Why would anyone focus on a comment from an extreme chauvinist who thinks that women shouldn’t be able to vote and that Black Americans should be ?

            Knowledge doesn’t seem to be YOUR strong point.

            1. “Why would anyone focus on a comment from an extreme…”

              The initial poster focused on what George wrote not who George was or wasn’t. You can’t do that because you don’t know very much so you focused on the individual rather than what was written. You aren’t very smart.

        2. “It’s [Lincoln], stupid!”

          – James Carville
          _____________

          I endeavor mightily to provide perspective.

          It was not I.

          It was Lincoln.

          Lincoln and most of the Founders deliberated and planned compassionate repatriation for the benefit of Africans and for the United States.
          _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

          Lincoln’s Support for Resettlement

          Lincoln’s ideological mentor was Henry Clay, the eminent American scholar, diplomat, and statesman. Because of his skill in the US Senate and House of Representatives, Clay won national acclaim as the “Great Compromiser” and the “Great Pacificator.” A slave owner who had humane regard for Blacks, he was prominent in the campaign to resettle free Blacks outside of the United States, and served as president of the American Colonization Society. Lincoln joined Clay’s embryonic Whig party during the 1830s. In an address given in 1858, Lincoln described Clay as “my beau ideal of a statesman, the man for whom I fought all of my humble life.”14

          The depth of Lincoln’s devotion to Clay and his ideals was expressed in a moving eulogy delivered in July 1852 in Springfield, Illinois. After praising Clay’s lifelong devotion to the cause of Black resettlement, Lincoln quoted approvingly from a speech given by Clay in 1827: “There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children,” adding that if Africa offered no refuge, Blacks could be sent to another tropical land. Lincoln concluded:15

          If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery, and, at the same time, in restoring a captive people to their long-lost fatherland, with bright prospects for the future, and this too, so gradually, that neither races nor individuals shall have suffered by the change, it will indeed be a glorious consummation.

          In January 1855, Lincoln addressed a meeting of the Illinois branch of the Colonization Society. The surviving outline of his speech suggests that it consisted largely of a well-informed and sympathetic account of the history of the resettlement campaign.16

          In supporting “colonization” of the Blacks, a plan that might be regarded as a “final solution” to the nation’s race question, Lincoln was upholding the views of some of America’s most respected figures.

          – Robert Morgan

        3. “It’s [the Founders], stupid!”

          – James Carville
          _____________

          I endeavor mightily to provide perspective.

          It was not I.

          It was the American Founders who restricted immigration to “…free white person(s)…,” in four iterations of the Naturalization Act of 1790, and it was the American Founders who restricted the vote to: Male, European, 21, 50 lbs. Sterling/50 acres.

          Their rationale for those restrictions was that the restricted-vote republic in America would not and could not persist in their absence (It appears the American Founders also understood that women make the people of a nation – America is vanishing with its fertility rate in a “death spiral” – more Americans die than are born and America’s population is being imported – American women seek the roles of men and insufficient babies are born. How smart is that?).

          One might easily look around and conclude that they were correct in their assumptions.

          America will shortly be subsumed by your heroes in the global hegemon, China.

          You are the mortal enemy of the American restricted-vote republic of Ben Franklin.

          Take it up with Ben.
          _______________

          “[We gave you] a republic, if you can keep it.”

          – Ben Franklin

  6. Sidney Powell and Lin Wood Promise There’s a Ton of Voter Fraud

    SIDNEY POWELL said that there is a massive amount of voter fraud that is about to be uncovered, enough voter fraud to win President Trump a second term. Sidney Powell is pledging that they have the goods, that they can prove there was enough voter fraud to overturn Joe Biden’s lead.

    “There has been a massive and coordinated effort to steal this election from we the people of the United States of America, to delegitimize and destroy votes for Donald Trump, to manufacture votes for Joe Biden,” said Powell.

    “They have done it in every way imaginable, from having dead people vote in massive numbers to absolutely, fraudulently, creating ballots that exist only voting for Biden,” Powell said.

    “They also used an algorithm to calculate the votes they would need to flip, and they used computers to flip those votes from…Trump to Biden.”

    “We’ve identified,” she added, “at least 450,000 ballots in the key states that miraculously only have a mark for Joe Biden on them and no other candidate.”

    “They had this all planned, Maria,” Powell continued. “They had the algorithms. They had the paper ballots waiting to be inserted if and when needed. And notably, President Trump’s vote in the blue states went up enormously. That’s when they had to stop the vote count. They had to go in and replace votes for Biden and take away Trump votes.”

    I tell ya, if there’s anything about election night that troubles me above all, it was the pausing of the vote counting in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Atlanta.

    I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. Never even heard of such a thing.

    Bartiromo agreed, saying, “I’ve never seen voting machines stop in the middle of an election. Stop down and assess the situation.”

    Regardless… That’s one helluva charge Powell is making, and there is little doubt she’s staking her reputation on coming up with the goods.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    LIN WOOD is asking for patience but outright promising, “I have seen overwhelming evidence that massive fraud was in the computer voting system in addition to mail ballots”:

    He says he has the goods to overturn Biden’s lead in Georgia:

    He also said of Powell’s Sunday Morning Futures appearance, “Sidney Powell is a truth giver. When Sidney speaks, listen carefully”:

    Surrounding this contested election, there is a lot of nonsense out there. A lot of theories and accusations. Then there’s the empty fury from a fake media desperate for us to not look closely at the election results.

    But in the center of the circus are two attorneys who have spent decades building up reputations for honesty and integrity, for not being a part of the circus, and they say they have the evidence.

    – John Nolte

    1. George all these complaints are real whether or not Trump prevails. Note how the left stays away from such discussions. Note how the left has been supportive of communist nations and anti American sentiments.

      These problems are real.

    1. I hadn’t realized that you’re a conspiracy theorist, Olly. No doubt Trump’s new lawyer, Scaringi, will point this out to Judge Brann in PA tomorrow, right?

        1. Of course. There’s a lot you don’t realize either. There’s a lot that every single person on earth doesn’t know.

  7. Georgia’s (Republican) Secretary Of State Is Getting Death Threats

    And Heaps Of Abuse By Fellow Republicans

    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that he has come under increasing pressure in recent days from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who he said questioned the validity of legally cast absentee ballots, in an effort to reverse President Trump’s narrow loss in the state.

    In a wide-ranging interview about the election, Raffensperger expressed exasperation over a string of baseless allegations coming from Trump and his allies about the integrity of the Georgia results, including claims that Dominion Voting Systems, the Colorado-based manufacturer of Georgia’s voting machines, is a “leftist” company with ties to Venezuela that engineered thousands of Trump votes to be left out of the count.

    The atmosphere has grown so contentious, Raffensperger said, that he and his wife, Tricia, have received death threats in recent days, including a text to him that read: “You better not botch this recount. Your life depends on it.”

    “Other than getting you angry, it’s also very disillusioning,” Raffensperger said of the threats, “particularly when it comes from people on my side of the aisle. Everyone that is working on this needs to elevate their speech. We need to be thoughtful and careful about what we say.” He said he reported the threats to state authorities.

    The pressure on Raffensperger, who has bucked his party in defending the state’s voting process, comes as Georgia is in the midst of a laborious hand recount of about 5 million ballots. President-elect Joe Biden has a 14,000-vote lead in the initial count.

    The normally mild-mannered Raffensperger saved his harshest language for Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), who is leading the president’s efforts in Georgia and whom Raffensperger called a “liar” and a “charlatan.”

    Collins has questioned Raffensperger’s handling of the vote and accused him of capitulating to Democrats by not backing allegations of voter fraud more strongly.

    Raffensperger has said that every accusation of fraud will be thoroughly investigated, but that there is currently no credible evidence that fraud occurred on a broad enough scale to affect the outcome of the election.

    “I’m an engineer. We look at numbers. We look at hard data,” Raffensperger said. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Collins is running around lying to everyone. He’s a liar.”

    Collins ran unsuccessfully for Senate this year and is blamed by some Republicans for pushing the incumbent in that race, fellow Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, into a runoff against the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.

    Edited From: “Georgia Secretary Of State Says Fellow Republicans Are Pressuring Him To Find Ways To Exclude Ballots”

    Today’s Washington Post
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    As a Trump enabler, Johnathan Turley must take some responsibility for the abuse Mr Raffensberger is taking. Trump’s denial of the election results is prefaced on an extensive web of lies. The many lawsuits filed by Trump’s campaign creates a smokescreen to obscure said lies.

  8. confidence in big government is rapidly collapsing. Where it leads to is not promising. Corruption, Unwilling to compromise, dark ties to big tech, big pharma, big military. No question a decaying once proud country that now thinks the Great Reset is the answer, hence let’s kill off small business, destroy employment. Let’s run the country and globe through big tech, box stores, the UN, the WHO, big pharma, Monsanto, and let’s let the remainder of us live off universal income. We new this day would eventually come but little did I expect the corrupt parties would deliberately take us down this path. Listening to Trudeau, Johnson, Merkel, Macron, Andrews, Biden, Pelosi, we hear the exact same pitch about eradicating the virus which translate to shutting the economy with intent. Watch out as our great leader Klaus Schwab is promoting something more dire like a cyber attack that will happen soon. We have some very dark people on this planet and we hope to survive this Global Reset agenda, it will take all the courage we can summon.

    1. “the Great Reset”

      Just the latest euphemism for socialist redistribution of income, and greater government control over the individual’s life and property.

  9. Plan B and C

    https://www.wbap.com/news/dershowitz-trump-seeks-to-deny-biden-270-puts-election-in-house/

    Dershowitz: Trump Seeks to Deny Biden 270, Put Election in House
    Dershowitz: Trump Seeks to Deny Biden 270, Put Election in House
    The legal battle for President Donald Trump is no longer about him reaching 270 electoral college votes, but denying Joe Biden from reaching it, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

    “Let’s look at the big picture: The big picture now has shifted,” Dershowitz told “Saturday Report.” “I do not believe that President Trump is now trying to get to 270 electoral votes. I think he thinks that’s out of the question.

    “What he’s trying to do is to deny Joe Biden 270 votes, by challenging in Pennsylvania, Georgia, in Nevada, in Michigan, in Arizona.”

    Keeping Biden from 270 would put the election on the House delegations – a state-by-state majority held by Republicans 26-23-1 – as designated by the U.S. Constitution.

    “If he can keep the Biden count below 270, then the matter goes to the House of Representatives, where of course there is a Republican majority among the delegations of states, and you vote by state if it goes to the House,” Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. “He’s trying to follow the playbook of three elections of the 19th century.”

    Barring that narrow path to victory, Dershowitz speculated Trump will announce he will run for reelection in 2024, “and to campaign against what he regards as ‘corrupt bargain’ as analogous to what happened in 1824 and two other times in the 19th century.”

    “I think that’s the strategy that is now in operation,” Dershowitz concluded.

    “You need a perfect storm for it to work. You need to get enough states, enough state attorneys general, or state departments, or whoever, secretaries of state or governors that are Republican that legitimately refuse to certify the results because they’re under challenge on the day the electoral college meets by statute.

    “If on that day, Biden doesn’t have 270 votes – you don’t get to vote two or three times on that; as far as the Constitution’s concerned, it’s one vote – and if the one vote doesn’t give the leading candidate 270 electoral votes, then automatically it goes to the House of Representatives, where a whole new process takes over, and a process that clearly favors President Trump.”

  10. Off Topic on Darren Smith’s Weekend Contribution.

    The photos he presents give a good example of renewal following a fire and they led me to other thoughts.

    Renewal or revival is common in nature. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens blasted life away from its slopes and yet it is returning. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/ecologist-has-been-studying-mount-st-helens-it-erupted-40-years-ago

    In his autobiographical account of his life in science, ‘Naturalist’, E.O. Wilson wrote of an experiment removing all life from an island and then watching to see how life returned and in what character. It was different in some respects, but life still.

    Life in some form appears to be everywhere on our planet and above it. Microbes survive in space on the exterior of the International Space Station.

    Meteorites have been discovered with complex organic chemicals https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2018/01/10/organic-meteorites/ and spectrometry has revealed organic chemicals in outer space.

    We have wondered how life got started on Earth, but perhaps it did not start here. Possibly the presence of life is the default setting throughout the universe. It may be everywhere, floating around nearly every bright light we can see in the sky..

    Thank you for the prompt to thought.

  11. Trump supporter sucker punched by Antifa.

    The 2020 election was sucker punched by Antifa and the communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs).

      1. There is a longer video of the fighting, and it shows that the guy who was punched had previously been attacking others. Neither are peaceful. I wish people would learn to control their inclination to become violent.
        Video here: https://twitter.com/blacky_chann/status/1327767706137997317
        More reporting here about the 20+ people arrested on both sides: https://web.archive.org/web/20201116141059/https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maga-million-march-washington-violence/2020/11/15/93edc480-2748-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html

        1. So the republicans/conservatives sucker punched the communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) previously?

          Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

      1. Isn’t that ironic.

        I was actually thinking how your mental meanderings are reminiscent of Groucho Marx in later life, suffering the same Stage IV Sundowners as Fake Joke Buydem.

  12. Jim Sciutto (CNN): “New: The night before the hearing in Pennsylvania election lawsuit, Trump campaign lawyers withdraw from the case: https://pacer-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/147/127057/15517433609.pdf
    https://twitter.com/jimsciutto/status/1328481216287416320 (copy of withdrawal motion appended to the tweet)

    Marc Scaringi will now be the lawyer for the campaign in the case.
    Scaringi’s last tweet: twitter.com/MarcScaringi/status/1323806430022017028

    1. “:Lincoln’s Support for Resettlement”

      “Lincoln’s ideological mentor was Henry Clay, the eminent American scholar, diplomat, and statesman. Because of his skill in the US Senate and House of Representatives, Clay won national acclaim as the ‘Great Compromiser’ and the ‘Great Pacificator.’ A slave owner who had humane regard for Blacks, he was prominent in the campaign to resettle free Blacks outside of the United States, and served as president of the American Colonization Society. Lincoln joined Clay’s embryonic Whig party during the 1830s. In an address given in 1858, Lincoln described Clay as ‘my beau ideal of a statesman, the man for whom I fought all of my humble life.’14

      “The depth of Lincoln’s devotion to Clay and his ideals was expressed in a moving eulogy delivered in July 1852 in Springfield, Illinois. After praising Clay’s lifelong devotion to the cause of Black resettlement, Lincoln quoted approvingly from a speech given by Clay in 1827: ‘There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children,’ adding that if Africa offered no refuge, Blacks could be sent to another tropical land. Lincoln concluded:15

      ‘If as the friends of colonization hope, the present and coming generations of our countrymen shall by any means succeed in freeing our land from the dangerous presence of slavery, and, at the same time, in restoring a captive people to their long-lost fatherland, with bright prospects for the future, and this too, so gradually, that neither races nor individuals shall have suffered by the change, it will indeed be a glorious consummation.’

      “In January 1855, Lincoln addressed a meeting of the Illinois branch of the Colonization Society. The surviving outline of his speech suggests that it consisted largely of a well-informed and sympathetic account of the history of the resettlement campaign.16

      “In supporting “colonization” of the Blacks, a plan that might be regarded as a “final solution” to the nation’s race question, Lincoln was upholding the views of some of America’s most respected figures.”

      – Robert Morgan

    1. “Turley is a particularly despicable kind of academic snake: the kind that poses as some sort of disinterested party, soaring above it all, when in fact by supporting this outrageous and unprecedented refusal on a sitting president’s part to acknowledge that he’s lost an election that there’s absolutely no doubt that he lost, he’s just another of Donald Trump’s hatchet men, doing (I assume) for free what Trump’s various sleazy lawyers are doing for some money, or more realistically, the hope of some.” Lawyers, Guns & Money blog.

      Your reputation is set Turley. I’m not the only lawyer who thinks you’re a snake. I can’t understand or respect a pointless careerist so I’ll take my leave of your festering web site.

      1. “I’ll take my leave….”

        Can you say Preetentious?

        And your “respect” matters because why?

        buh bye, oh so pretentious one.

      2. Campos belittles Turley with some vicious ad hominem, Darrin. That leads me to wonder if Campos’ arguments are flawed:

        https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/11/shorter-jonathan-turley-witch-hunts-are-good-if-the-witches-have-a-good-chance-of-being-acquitted

        1. “Instead, let’s focus on the fact that Turley actually admits that these lawsuits are frivolous! If there’s “no evidence of systemic election fraud,” then there’s no evidence that would actually support bringing these lawsuits, which by definition means these lawsuits have no reasonable basis in law and fact, which in turn is the definition of frivolous litigation.”

        So, until a judge has seen the evidence of a crime, the crime has not taken place?

        2. “The notion that Trump still has the “right” to file and pursue these lawsuits because he’s found people with law licenses willing to file them is as specious as the notion that people with driver’s licenses have a right to drive drunk.”

        This is not the same as saying, “A lawyer has no more right to file a frivolous lawsuit than a licensed driver has a right to drive drunk.”

        Nor is it the same as saying, “Trump has no more right to ask a lawyer to file a frivolous lawsuit than Trump does to drive drunk.”

        This is nearly the same as saying, “Because licensed lawyers are just as capable of violating their licenses as a licensed driver is capable of driving drunk, the President of the United States of America has no right to file election irregularity lawsuits.”

        If a duly licensed lawyer says POTUS has a lawsuit, POTUS shouldn’t file, because lawyers sometimes violate their licenses in the same way that people with driver’s licenses sometimes drive drunk?

        Or, if a lawyer for POTUS files an election irregularity lawsuit in state or federal court, the court should dismiss the case evidence unseen, because the lawyer is already guilty of malpractice?

        I am not a constitutional law professor. I am sure there is something I am missing here. But it seems to me now is precisely the time a credible judiciary must do everything in its power to guard against an open-and-shut-case in the court of public opinion.

  13. “Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger [a Republican] said Monday that he has come under increasing pressure in recent days from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), to question the validity of legally cast absentee ballots in an effort to reverse President Trump’s narrow loss in the state.
    “In a wide-ranging interview about the 2020 election, Raffensperger expressed exasperation with a string of baseless allegations coming from Trump and his allies about the integrity of the Georgia results, including claims that Dominion Voting Systems, the Colorado-based manufacturer of Georgia’s voting machines, is a “leftist” company with ties to Venezuela that engineered thousands of Trump votes not to be counted.
    “The atmosphere has grown so contentious, Raffensperger said, that both he and his wife, Tricia, have received death threats in recent days, including a text to him that read, ‘You better not botch this recount. Your life depends on it.’ ‘Other than getting you angry, it’s also very disillusioning,’ Raffensperger said of the threats, ‘particularly when it comes from people on my side of the aisle. Everyone that is working on this needs to elevate their speech. We need to be thoughtful and careful about what we say.’ He said he reported the threats to state authorities. …”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/brad-raffensperger-georgia-vote/2020/11/16/6b6cb2f4-283e-11eb-8fa2-06e7cbb145c0_story.html

    1. Good citation, CTHD.

      https://www.mediaite.com/election-2020/georgias-republican-secretary-of-state-claims-lindsey-graham-proposed-he-exclude-legal-ballots/

      In a new interview with the Washington Post, Raffensperger made a pretty serious claim about a conversation he had with Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

      After the article and the accusation against Graham spread around Twitter, Graham responded in a statement saying, “That’s ridiculous … what I’m trying to find out was how do you verify signatures for mail in ballots in these states … I thought it was a good conversation, I’m surprised to hear him characterize it that way.”

  14. Following the ongoing election fraud investigations, Dallas Jones, the Democrat Director of Texas state political strategy for the Joe Biden Presidential campaign has been arrested for electoral fraud.

    Dallas Jones was formally accused of helping to run an illegal ballot harvesting operation in the state of Texas on behalf of the Joe Biden campaign during this contested Presidential election.

    According to the National File, two investigators, including a former FBI agent and former police officer, testified under oath that they have solid evidence which includes Democratic Party internal documentation, as well as video evidence and witnesses which proved that Dallas Jones actually committed the said crime…

    “I have in my possession video-taped interviews of witnesses attesting to the aforementioned people having groups of people completing thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots, including completing ballots for deceased individuals; illegally going into nursing homes, with the complicity of the nursing home staff, and filling out and forging the signatures of nursing home residents; signing up homeless individuals to vote using the ballot harvester’s address, then completing the ballot and forging the homeless individual’s signature.

    “This entire operation is being run by the elite politicians of the Democrat Party in Houston/Harris County.”
    https://newsblenda.com/news/politics/joe-biden-campaign-director-arrested-for-electoral-fraud/

    You’re welcome!

      1. Your intellectual curiosity is truly limited, isn’t it? You blew right by the alleged crime and evidence to support the arrest to nothing to see here, Trump already won the state. Go back to sleep.

      1. So how do we know this software was not used by Republicans to shift Senate votes to Republicans in key states? Seems more likely than Biden votes switching – Biden was leading in all the polls so no need for Dems to do that.

        1. What’s important is that we do know that the Deep Deep State cheated to ensconce the sundowner Biden, “Fake” Biden will be proven to be the loser and Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States of America.

        2. Because there weren’t any ballots on which Graham was the only candidate marked as with Biden, among a million other reasons. Give us a break.

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