The Death Star Strategy: Is Trump Contemplating The Ultimate Constitutional Trick Shot?

Below is my column in The Hill on the possibility of contesting electoral certifications by key states. With the adverse ruling in Pennsylvania, the Trump legal team is still pledging new evidence of massive fraud as certifications are completed. The options for the team seem more and more reduced to the ultimate constitutional trick shot in engineering a fight on the floor of Congress.

Here is the column:

The Thursday press conference by President Trump’s legal team left many breathless as Trump counsel Rudy Giuliani alleged a global communist conspiracy to steal the 2020 election. While making passing references to credible election challenges over provisional ballots or “curing” rules, he repeatedly returned to the allegation of a purported massive conspiracy directed by Democrats to change and “inject” votes into state tallies.

It was a strange narrative that seemed to move away from the provable to the unbelievable. The question is, why?

One possibility: to raise sweeping allegations with insufficient time to resolve them in order to force an Electoral College fight. The idea would be to give license to Republican-controlled legislatures to intervene with their own sets of electors or block the submission of any set of electors. Concern over such a strategy was magnified when Trump called key Republican leaders from Michigan’s legislature to the White House on Friday.

Call it the “Death Star strategy.”

In “Star Wars,” a struggling rebellion was in full retreat on every front against an overwhelming force in the Empire. The rebels were left with just one strategy and literally one shot. Luke Skywalker had to skim the surface of the Death Star along a trench and fire a round into a small thermal exhaust port to travel down an air shaft and cause an explosion in the core reactor. Then poof! No more Death Star.

However, if this is the Trump team’s plan, it will make Luke Skywalker’s shot look like a beanbag toss.

The electoral ‘trench’

The “trench,” in this instance, is found in state election systems leading to the electoral equivalent of the “exhaust port” in the Constitution’s Electoral College. It is the Electoral College where the actual election of an American president occurs. Each state certifies votes to the Electoral College — a figure that adds up to the number of members the states have in the two houses of Congress, or 535. (In addition, for Electoral College purposes, the District of Columbia is given three electors, for a total of 538.) Thus, a candidate must have at least 270 electoral votes to become president.

To reach that “exhaust port,” Trump’s legal-team equivalent of X-wing fighters must get all the way down the electoral “trench” by creating challenges to multiple state certifications and deny Joe Biden the 270 threshold or claim those votes for Trump. The Trump team has focused on states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania. If the litigation can create serious doubts over the authentication or tabulation of ballots, the Trump campaign could force fights on the floors of these state legislatures. However, after meeting with the president on Friday, the Michigan legislative leaders dealt that potential strategy a serious blow by saying they are unaware of anything that would change their state’s certification for Biden.

The electoral ‘shaft’

Once litigation introduces doubt as to the validity of the vote, the matter travels down the electoral version of the Death Star’s air shaft to individual state legislatures. This is when things move into some uncertain constitutional physics.

Article II of the Constitution states that electors are appointed “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.” All but a couple of states have directed that all of their electoral votes will go to the candidate with the greater number of statewide votes. The question is, what happens if legislators decide they cannot say with confidence who won the greater number of votes?

Such controversies have arisen before, as in 2004, when Democrats objected to counting Ohio’s electoral votes due to voting irregularities. The greatest controversy occurred in 1876 after a close, heated election between Republican Rutherford Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden. Like Biden, Tilden won the popular vote and more electoral votes (184, to Hayes’s 165). The problem was that rampant fraud was alleged in Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. (For example, South Carolina reported 101 percent of voters voting). The controversy led to rival sets of electors being sent to Congress. A long fight led to the improbable election of Hayes as president.

For Trump to pull off a similar maneuver, he would need the cooperation of Republican state legislators. He also would face collateral litigation over who should certify electors — a state’s governor or its legislature. In Bush v. Gore in 2000, the Supreme Court ordered an effective halt to further litigation, but that was just one state. It is possible that such multistate litigation could push the challenges beyond the end of the safe-harbor period for certification on Dec. 8 or beyond Dec. 23, when those votes are supposed to be submitted to Congress. Indeed, it could force a fight on Jan. 6, when Congress gathers in joint session to count the votes.

The electoral ‘reactor’

Only then would the action make it into the “core reactor” equivalent of our constitutional system — the joint session of Congress. This would trigger a law passed after the Hayes-Tilden election. Unfortunately, the Electoral Count Act (ECA) of 1887 is hardly a model of clarity and would become the focus of litigation itself. Under some circumstances, Vice President Pence could issue a ruling in favor of Trump, but one senator and one House member could challenge his ruling.

What if there were insufficient votes overall to elect a president? This is where we could see a rare court intervention in a contested election in Congress. The ECA is ambiguous on what it means to have a majority of electors; it does not clearly state whether a majority of “electors appointed” means a majority of the 538 electors (270) or simply a majority of those electors accepted or successfully certified (allowing election with less than 270 electoral votes). There also are untested terms and provisions, ranging from the weight given to the decision of governors and the meaning of what is “lawfully certified” or whether votes were “regularly given.”

There also is the potential under the 12th Amendment for a “contingent election” when there is a tie or insufficient votes. In such a case, Trump could win again. In that case, the vote for president is held in the House based on state delegations, not individual members. Republicans likely will control a majority of state delegations in the House, despite having fewer seats overall — as well as the Senate, where Pence could be reelected.

Again, that is all quite a long shot — a bit more than Luke Skywalker’s boast that he could sink it because he “used to bull’s-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home.” It is enough to make an Ewok weep. All one can say, to paraphrase Han Solo’s parting words before heading out for Death Star, is “Hey, Rudy. May the Force — and the ECA — be with you.”

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates online @JonathanTurley.


612 thoughts on “The Death Star Strategy: Is Trump Contemplating The Ultimate Constitutional Trick Shot?”

  1. “And why not ?”

    Because, John, these issues are complex, require careful definition and have a lot of fuzziness.

    I want to be as clear as possible before going to war including making sure everyone involved has exactly defined their positions and that every word is understood as best as possible. Even then fuzziness will exist.

    To get to as close as possible to reality one needs careful definitions and definitions change on a continuous basis when dealing with fluid issues.

    Your leftist “slur” doesn’t add to the debate. It is actually a sign your frustrations.

    Reality exists outside of human thought. Human thought doesn’t reflect the most exacting realities that exist. That is why you couldn’t define the word “force” in the context of the discussion we are having.

    1. You need to let go of this “fuzziness” nonsense.

      True or false it is irrelevant. In far to many instances determining whether force can be used can not be a masters thesis seminar.

      It must be decided in an instant based on principles we all know intuitively.
      Fuzzy or not does not matter. There will be no oportunity for debate over definitions.

      I would further note that you STILL can not seem to grasp that we go FROM reality to words and definitions.

      Not the other way arround – Fuzzy or not, the justification for force is based on real world circumstances.
      Those are described by words, and those WORDS are clarified by definitions – but the circumstances are not driven by the words.
      And the fuxxiness is not about reality – it is about words and definitions.

      1. “You need to let go of this “fuzziness” nonsense.”

        You are wrong. Fuzziness is part of life. You want black and white decision making in a complex and ever changing world. It only happens in your world or a world where you are the only one involved.

        “I would further note that you STILL can not seem to grasp that we go FROM reality to words and definitions.”

        You are wrong. A reality is something that cannot be completely defined by humans and fuzziness will always exist.

        Go ahead and give us those definitions that apply to each and every circumstance and that are as clear to each and every person as 2+2. I have been waiting and continue to wait.

        1. “You are wrong. A reality is something that cannot be completely defined by humans”
          Irrelevant. The fact that you can not define something does not mean that thing is fuzzy – only that your perception of it is.

          “and fuzziness will always exist.”
          Because you say so ? Again you confuse the inadequacy of perception with reality.
          The limits of my perception are NOT limits to reality.

          “Go ahead and give us those definitions that apply to each and every circumstance and that are as clear to each and every person as 2+2. I have been waiting and continue to wait.”

          Is this supposed to be an argument ?
          Why must I define something because you demand it ?

          Again you keep trying to run implication backwards.
          You are free to define the legitimate uses of force. Whether you are correct depends on how well you conform to reality – not the other way arround. I doubt I can perfectly define the legitimate uses of force. But without a near perfect universal understanding of what uses of force are legitimate and what are not – government, society is not possible.

          1. “Irrelevant. The fact that you can not define something does not mean that thing is fuzzy – only that your perception of it is.”

            Fine. That is why one needs definitions and there will always be some fuzziness in the complex decisions involving war and peace.

            “Why must I define something because you demand it ?”

            I don’t demand it but you keep telling me how clear these words are yet you cannot define them so that all people will have the same exact understanding under different circumstances.

            “without a near perfect universal understanding”

            Is that sort of like, fuzziness?

            1. Do not confuse what I cannot do, with what I will not do.

              I am not engaging your defintional debate as it is an irrelevant distraction.

              Fighting over shades of differences in definitions will not change reality.

              1. “I am not engaging your defintional debate as it is an irrelevant distraction.”

                It is a distraction because you seem to believe that only your definitions count despite the rest oof the world that relies on dictionaries such as Merriam Webster.

                According to you, no one except you can define terms based on reality, so the rest of the world is left in the dark.

  2. one way to resist the upcoming false victor Biden is withhold income taxes

    imagine if 70 million americans refused to file 1040s as a “PEACEFUL PROTEST”

    ouch. billionaires would feel that one, because their Treasuries would take a dump in bed

    billionaires are the enemy

    Saloth Sar

  3. If you guys think I am crazy and that another civil war is at hand, then answer this query.

    Why is there no ammunition on the civilian market? Tens of millions of shooters in the USA and all you can get is shotgun ammo. If that.

    There has never been a higher price for ammo than now.
    I have watched this for decades and seen shortages before.
    nothing like this. what is for sale is gone fast, at the highest prices ever
    The past year has seen supply plummet, demand skyrocket, and prices can’t even make up for shortages.

    Either the military is building up for war or the rest of us are.

    Or both. Understanding that, the why comes easy.

    Billionaires and their steppinfetchits are the foe.

    Saloth Sar

  4. Trump dead-enders, listen this guy is not only generally an indiscriminate liar, but on the election blatantly so.

    1. He repeats the nonsense that there is no way he could have been so far ahead on the night of the election and then lost, as if we – including him – don’t know there was a record breaking mail in vote due to the virus. Of course he did nothing before the election to mitigate this fact except setting you up to buy the fraud BS – he knew he’d lose – and GOP legislators in Michigan , Wisconsin m and Pennsylvania all voted down proposals to allow mail in votes to be counted as they came in.

    2. He continues to blame the result on crooked big city vote counting, naming Atlanta, Philly, Detroit, and Milwaukee. The fact is that Biden either under performed Hillary in those cities or at best equaled her results. He over performed her in the suburbs of those cities and mostly across those states, including in red counties.

    Don’t be a sucker for this obvious con man loser

    1. “Trump dead-enders, listen this guy is not only generally an indiscriminate liar, but on the election blatantly so.”

      Insulting Trump voters is a very effective means of persuasion.

      Regardless, I am not interested in Trump. I am interested in election fraud.

      “1. He repeats the nonsense that there is no way he could have been so far ahead on the night of the election and then lost”
      That is one argument – and an excellent one. It is not impossible, but it is highly unlikely. Equally importantly indications are that all Bidens gains came in 5 cities accross the country, that in each city observers were told that counting was being stopped for the night and were sent home and then without observation suddenly mailin ballots started trending heavily and uniformly for Biden.

      “as if we – including him – don’t know there was a record breaking mail in vote due to the virus.”
      False – Trump voted Absentee. Not Mailin. The process is radically different.

      Even Absentee balloting typically has a rejection/fraud rate of 6% – that of mailin ballots is typically 20%.

      Yet, miraculously the rejection rate of Mailin ballots in Philadelphia was only 0.25% – so somehow Philadelphia voters became 800 times more accurate than the past or 800 times less fraudulent than in the past ?

      That is theoretically possible. But the statistical odds against it are enormous.

      If you chose to vote by mail – knowing the risks associated with mailin voting – you should not be surprised that you vote may get rejected,

      I voted in person. I drove to the polls, wore a mask, social distanced, It was no more dangerous than going to the grocery store.

      If you are so terrified then maybe you should not vote. There is no obligation of the rest of us to coddle you.

      Regardless, for those under 65 the risk of C19 is less than the Flu – and all past election have been held during flu season.

      The record breaking numbers of mailin ballots are because very few states allowed mailin balloting before – Even the EU banns it, Even Jimmy Carter has spoken out against it. Even Obama has publicly spoken out against it – before he was for it.

      Epidemics are not a justification for election fraud.

      While we must never engage in this mailin election nonsense ever again – the fraud in this election is worse than just mailin elections.
      It is the failure of election officials in about 5 cities to follow the law.

      “Of course he did nothing before the election to mitigate this fact except setting you up to buy the fraud BS – he knew he’d lose – and GOP legislators in Michigan , Wisconsin m and Pennsylvania all voted down proposals to allow mail in votes to be counted as they came in.”

      Trump railed that mailin elections are rife with Fraud – that is a well known fact and 2020 is just another data point.

      Great to fix a problem with fraud we should make fraud easier.

      We count votes on election day and only on election days as a means to disincentivize fraud.

      Regardless, it is not the legislatures job to make a problem created by democratic governors and state election officials worse.

      YOU decided to conduct a mail in election YOU did it almost entirely without lawful support. YOU then expected legislators to be complicit in your fraud.

      If you could not count the votes on election day then you should not have imposed mailin voting by fiat.

      Would these 5 cities have been unable to count the votes had they been in person ?

      This is typical leftist nonsense. Do something stupid. Make a mess and then blame others for failing to give you what you want to make the mess even bigger.

      If you honestly want a system of continuous public voting – then SAY SO. That is not how US elections are done.

      If Elections have no real start and no finish – then say so – I am sure there are millions of votes for Trump that can be found in the same fashion as those late night in secret votes for Biden.

      You do not seem to grasp that if you get away with this – the consequences are more fraud in the future. This is no different from eliminating the filibuster. Republicans do not tend to initiate lawlessness – but they are atleast as good as democrats.

      Take note the GOP took back nearly every seat in CA they lost in 2018. Democratic ballot harvesting produced a one time benefit.
      In the long run it just makes CA elections less trustworthy.

      “2. He continues to blame the result on crooked big city vote counting, naming Atlanta, Philly, Detroit, and Milwaukee.”

      ” The fact is that Biden either under performed Hillary in those cities or at best equaled her results. He over performed her in the suburbs of those cities and mostly across those states, including in red counties.”

      Incorrect. Biden won signiificantly less counties accross the US than Clinton. Further Biden underperformed Clinton accross the country – nearly everywhere EXCEPT those 5 cities.

      “Don’t be a sucker for this obvious con man loser”

      You still seem to think this is about Trump.

      It is not – it is about YOU, the left, democrats, the media and FRAUD.

      You are maligning Trump – fine do that. But you fail to grasp that YOU have no credibility – this is not about Trump, it is not about Biden, it is about YOU.

  5. Milwaukee recount complete. Trump paid $3 million to have Biden pick up 132 votes.

    1. One has to wait and see, not just grab onto any result one finds appealing.

      “We have identified over 150,000 potentially fraudulent ballots in Wisconsin, more than enough to call into question the validity of the state’s reported election results,” said Phill Kline, director of the project, in a statement. The count includes 144,000 fraudulent votes and over 12,000 legal votes not counted.

      “Moreover, these discrepancies were a direct result of Wisconsin election officials’ willful violation of state law,” he added.

      According to unofficial results in the state, Biden beat Trump by about 20,000 votes.

      The group said it found that more than 10,000 Republican ballots weren’t counted; more than 10,000 GOP voters who had their ballots requested and filled in by another person; and around 100,000 illegal ballots that were counted anyway.

      1. We’ve seen the court challenges and seen no reputable support for these claims. Epoch Times is put out by a Chinese religous cult for members of the Trump cult.

        1. I do not follow the Epoch Times.

          Regardless Credibility is not based on buzzarre claims of guilt by association.

          So Epoch Times was founded by Chinese americans who support persecuted disident groups in China.

          Are you actually saying that China’s supression of dissidents is a good thing ?

          Credibility is based on a historical record of factual accuracy.

          What is the track record of Epoch Times ? Of New York Times ?

          As I said I do not follow Epoch Times.

          I do not follow Alex Jones either – but his lunatic conspiracy theory claims regarding Trump have ultimately proven more accurate than what is reported by CNN, or MSNBC

          That is pretty bad.

          The MSM has become the propoganda arm of the left. They are worse than Pravda.

          You are ranting like a lunatic that Trump has not alleged fraud – right. In left wing nut world is it acceptable for those running an election to ignore the law for their personal benefit and that of their party ?

          Are you actually claiming the laws were followed ? I have yet to hear you say that the election laws of the state of PA, GA, WI, NV, MI were followed.

          In your world how do you have a trustworthy election if the government ignores the laws and makes up the rules as it goes ?

          You rant about Epoch Times – I would ask WHY isn’t New York Times, Wapo, … investigating this ?

          They are not grilling election officials. They are busy repeating the left’s talking points. No ones feet are being held to the fire, no tough questions are being asked.

          And you wonder why no one trusts the media ?

        2. Listen to this nutcase who has no credibility. The Epoch Times is put out by anti-CCP publishers. Joe F. goes along with the MSM not recognizing how ruthless the CCP is so they both have some agreement. Heck, even the Joe Biden Family Fortune benefits from the Chinese, so the two Joe’s are CCP supporters.

          The Epoch Times has been quite accurate with its reporting and is far better than any of the MSM outlets.

          1. I do not know the bona fides of Epoch Times.

            I do know those of the MSM and they have burned their credibility.

            I would also agree with you that if the Epoch Times is a voice for Chinese dissidents that ADDS to their credibility rather than diminishes it.

          1. That you choose to name supporters of Trump, Trump cult members, is a display of your ignorance. Why should anyone trust a person with zero credibility who almost always is wrong? You think your mindless insults are proof? How stupid.

            1. Only cult followers would believe the loser BS Trump is selling, and worse, applaud his efforts to have the decision of voters cast aside so partisan state delegations can hand him victory. That is an attempted coup you’re cheering on.

              1. “Only cult followers would believe the loser BS Trump is selling”

                Who said this was about Trump ? You are the one fixated on Trump.
                I am fixated on the lawlessness of those administering the election.

                “and worse, applaud his efforts to have the decision of voters cast aside”
                Which voters is that ? Absolutely every single legitimate vote should be counted.

                But a lawless election process means illegitimate votes get counted.
                That is a violation of the rights of legitimate voters.

                “so partisan state delegations can hand him victory.”
                I have no idea what state legislators can or will do.

                What I do know is that partisan governors and their administrations have run lawless elections.
                and if possible those results need corrected, and if as is more likely that is not possible the results need to be set aside.

                The optimal solution would be a proper election in those places with fraudulent elections.
                That may not be possible.

                “That is an attempted coup you’re cheering on.”

                How So ? I do not see the JCS surrounding the whitehouse with Tanks ?

                The constitutional process for challenging an election is being followed.

                If states fail to certify because of failure of their administrations to follow the state laws, then the election will as the constitution dictates be thrown to congress. I would prefer a different solution – but that is the one we currently have.

                My suggestion to you is to get behind laws with teeth to assure that elections are conducted in a trustworthy fashion.

                The constitution allows congress to step in.

                I think a national election law requiring
                secret ballots for all federal elections – that would preclude mailin voting,
                votes must be counted by midnight election day.
                National voter ID.
                Random hand audits of all forms of electronic counting.
                Public release of raw counts immediately after polls close.
                Public oversight of the entire process,
                Public right to challenge any individual ballot.

                Those would be a start.

              2. This has to do with your inability to accept one person one vote. The left wanted to confuse the election process so that illegal ballots for Biden would be counted diluting those votes that were legally cast. These people doing this for a Democrat victory weren’t cultists, they were outright criminal. They are who you consider your friends which doesn’t say much about you.

                In this case the advantage goes to the criminal class because Trump has to prove his case while the criminal class can just point to the number of ballots cast even though potentially millions were illegal. Trump has an uphill battle while the criminal class only have to hold themselves together and hope their errors weren’t’ too great.

                The group you support cares nothing of American values so you represent them quite well.

    2. Was this an actual recount – was anything actually done to verify the legitimacy of the ballots cast ?

      Continuing to look in the wrong place does not establish credibility.

      1. The ballots are certified, which means election officials across the state of both parties or none vouched for them and the method they were tabulated under.

        Trump lost.

        1. “The ballots are certified, which means election officials across the state of both parties or none vouched for them and the method they were tabulated under.”

          The laws of the state were quite broadly violated – those officials are therefore participating in Fraud.

          That is what vouching for lawlessness means.

          JF You do not seem to grasp that you can not get arround the fact that the law was ignored in every single one of these states.

          As John Adams codified in the Massachusetts constitution “we are a government of laws, not of men.”

          The certification process you described to be meaningful only allows certification of a lawful election – one that was conducted following the law. That did not occur. Therefor the certification is itself fraudulent and invalid – just as the invalid ballots that were counted as a result of failing to follow the law.

          You are constantly arguing that you can circumvent lawlessness by the magical incantations of “experts” or “authorities”.

          Though in even this you are inconsistent. Elsewhere there is one on the right arguing that because these elections were lawless Trump can ignore them.

          We are obligated to follow the law. Whether it is Trump or Biden. Left or Right. If we do not like the law we are required to follow lawful process to change it.

          I would support broad changes to our election laws. I have proposed several.

          But those are not the current law. We are obligated to follow the current law.

          We were obligated to conduct this election following the current law – we did not. Where we did not the election itself is illegitimate and can not be certified. When men choose to certify lawlessness – that is the rule of men, not the rule of law, and that leads to tyranny and chaos.

          Neither Trump, nor election officials, nor judges can ignore the rule of law, without undermining government itself.

          Without following the law there can be no legitimate government – we all lose.

          1. The courts have not agreed with John Says accusations, and in many cases the judges were Republicans, and the writer of the devastating opinion on Friday was a Trump appointed Republican. Only know-nothing Trump dead-enders believe this kind of BS and it’s doubtful even Trump believes it. He’s not stupid and that’s the thing with con-artists: they rarely believe what they sell to the marks – like John.Say.

            1. Not Accusations JF – most of what I have asserted is FACTS.

              These states did not follow their own laws.

              That is not even being challenged.

              Even the PA supreme court admitted they were not following the PA law or PA constitution when they ordered state election officials to violate the law.

              i would further note – we have heard all this same nonsense from the left before.

              We heard that the Steele Dossier was true, that Trump really colluded with Russia, that Carter Page really was a Russian Spy, that The Trump campaign actually collaborated with Russia to hack the DNC, that the US government did not spy on the trump campaign.
              That Joe Biden did not know about his Son’s dealings in the Ukraine,


              All of that proved false.

              Alex Jones has far more credibility that YOU, the left the MSM.

              A significant portion of this country – near 50% beleive this election was stolen.

              They do so because they have learned that YOU, the left, the democrats the MSM, Social media, even the FBI, DOJ, Courts can not be trusted.

              So why are we to beleive people like you who have lied to us repeatedly ?

            2. “the courts have not agreed” – false. The Courts have refused to act based on the evidence presented – that is NOT the same thing.

              In most if not all cases they have granted motions to dismiss on the basis that the alleged fraud was insufficient if true to grant the remedy requested.

              JF – neither you nor left, nor democrats nor the MSM are credible.

              I have said this before – there is a price for constantly selling lies – and that is your credibility.

              You spent 4 years chasing snipes and demanding that everyone else accept pure BS.

              I would note there is a pattern here.

              During the Obama administration the left resisted all inquiry – Fast and Furious, IRSGate, Benghazi, Uranium One, Clinton Foundation. Clinton Email server. Getting information regarding what actually occured was like pulling teeth.

              What did you have to hide ? Plenty. [

              During the Trump administration most of the same actors were fighting tooth and nail to thwart inquiry into their actions.

              Trump produced virtually everything that was asked. But DOJ, FBI, CIA resisted executive orders to turn over information.

              The faux impeachment was conducted in the basement dark – lest the people actually see what partisan hacks you were.

              You have fuerther resisted all inquiry into Misconduct by Biden and democrats in Ukraine.

              And now you resist any examination of an election that was conducted outside the law.

              You should not be surprised that you are not trusted. That you have no credibility.

  6. ‘Every Republican state legislator should read Patrick Basham’s analysis and demand an oversight committee to review their state’s vote. Basham makes clear the election was almost certainly stolen in 5 states. Every Americanm should be worried by the theft.’ @newtgingrich

    1. “To say out-loud that you find the results of the 2020 presidential election odd is to invite derision. You must be a crank or a conspiracy theorist. Mark me down as a crank, then. I am a pollster and I find this election to be deeply puzzling. I also think that the Trump campaign is still well within its rights to contest the tabulations. Something very strange happened in America’s democracy in the early hours of Wednesday November 4 and the days that followed. It’s reasonable for a lot of Americans to want to find out exactly what.

      First, consider some facts. President Trump received more votes than any previous incumbent seeking reelection. He got 11 million more votes than in 2016, the third largest rise in support ever for an incumbent. By way of comparison, President Obama was comfortably reelected in 2012 with 3.5 million fewer votes than he received in 2008.

      Trump’s vote increased so much because, according to exit polls, he performed far better with many key demographic groups. Ninety-five percent of Republicans voted for him. Catholics also supported Trump in higher numbers. He did extraordinarily well with rural male working-class whites.

      He earned the highest share of all minority votes for a Republican since 1960. Trump grew his support among black voters by 50 percent over 2016. Nationally, Joe Biden’s black support fell well below 90 percent, the level below which Democratic presidential candidates usually lose.

      Trump increased his share of the national Hispanic vote by two-thirds to more than four-in-ten. With 60 percent or less of the national Hispanic vote, it is arithmetically impossible for a Democratic presidential candidate to win Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Bellwether states swung further in Trump’s direction than in 2016. Florida, Ohio and Iowa each defied America’s media polls with huge wins for Trump. Since 1852, only Richard Nixon has lost the electoral college after winning this trio, and that 1960 defeat to John F Kennedy is still the subject of great suspicion.

      Midwestern states Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin always swing in the same direction as Ohio and Iowa, their regional peers. Ohio likewise swings with Florida. Current tallies show that, outside of a few cities, the Rust Belt swung in Trump’s direction. Yet, Biden leads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin because of an apparent avalanche of black votes in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Biden’s ‘winning’ margin was derived almost entirely from such voters in these cities, as coincidentally his black vote spiked only in exactly the locations necessary to secure victory. He did not receive comparable levels of support among comparable demographic groups in comparable states, which is highly unusual for the presidential victor.

      We are told that Biden won more votes nationally than any presidential candidate in history. But he won a record low of 17 percent of counties; he only won 524 counties, as opposed to the 873 counties Obama won in 2008. Yet, Biden somehow outdid Obama in total votes.

      Victorious presidential candidates, especially challengers, usually have down-ballot coattails; Biden did not. The Republicans held the Senate and enjoyed a ‘red wave’ in the House, where they gained a large number of seats while winning all 27 toss-up contests. Trump’s party did not lose a single state legislature and actually made gains at the state level….”

      1. “Atypical voting patterns married with misses by polling and non-polling metrics should give observers pause for thought. Adding to the mystery is a cascade of information about the bizarre manner in which so many ballots were accumulated and counted.

        The following 10 peculiarities also lack compelling explanations:

        1. Late on election night, with Trump comfortably ahead, many swing states stopped counting ballots. In most cases, observers were removed from the counting facilities. Counting generally continued without the observers

        2. Statistically abnormal vote counts were the new normal when counting resumed. They were unusually large in size (hundreds of thousands) and had an unusually high (90 percent and above) Biden-to-Trump ratio

        3. Late arriving ballots were counted. In Pennsylvania, 23,000 absentee ballots have impossible postal return dates and another 86,000 have such extraordinary return dates they raise serious questions

        4. The failure to match signatures on mail in ballots. The destruction of mail in ballot envelopes, which must contain signatures

        5. Historically low absentee ballot rejection rates despite the massive expansion of mail voting. Such is Biden’s narrow margin that, as political analyst Robert Barnes observes, ‘If the states simply imposed the same absentee ballot rejection rate as recent cycles, then Trump wins the election’

        6. Missing votes. In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 50,000 votes held on 47 USB cards are missing

        7. Non-resident voters. Matt Braynard’s Voter Integrity Project estimates that 20,312 people who no longer met residency requirements cast ballots in Georgia. Biden’s margin is 12,670 votes

        8. ‘Over votes.’ Pennsylvania mailed out 1.8 million ballots, but 2.5 million ballots were returned. In 10 Pennsylvania counties, Biden secured more votes than there were registered Democratic voters. In Nevada, there are 77,982 more votes in the presidential election than total ballots cast; Biden’s current margin is 33,596. Ballots exceeded the number of residents by 2.5 times in some Georgia precincts

        9. Serious ‘chain of custody’ breakdowns. Invalid residential addresses. Record numbers of dead people voting. Ballots in pristine condition without creases, that is, they had not been mailed in envelopes as required by law

        10. Statistical anomalies. In Georgia, Biden overtook Trump with 89 percent of the votes counted. For the next 53 batches of votes counted, Biden led Trump by the same exact 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch. It is particularly perplexing that all statistical anomalies and tabulation abnormalities were in Biden’s favor. Whether the cause was simple human error or nefarious activity, or a combination, clearly something peculiar happened.

        If you think that only weirdos have legitimate concerns about these findings and claims, maybe the weirdness lies in you.”

    2. This is all very easy. It was stolen and rigged and a fraud

      The answer is not lawsuits, it is unrestricted warfare. We are not organized for it but we could be fast, if enough people got the message.
      of course the Silicon valley and mass media keep the message buried under the brainwashing.
      The private property rules protect their schemes. We need to understand that and aim to destroy their control over media and the internet.
      Destroy it with all the means of war. Then if we win and survive, write new rules.

      War in so many different venues, covert, illicit, sneaky war. And terror. BLM was a terror operation. So is antifa. Outright violence aimed at intimidating us.
      if the government was on our side, they’d have locked them all up. No, they just lock us up and rig the vote and protect the billionaires.
      The billionaires might as well own the FBI as their own security team.
      War by the billionaires is what’s being waged on us. Most of us are just too dull to accept the obvious.

      We need to wake up before it’s too late

      Billionaires are the enemy. They must be destroyed and their tools of financial power rendered useless. Take their money and they are only 700 weakling traitors ready for the gallows.

      –Saloth Sar

  7. I wonder oh how I wonder when the silent power who is all and more powerful than all the political knock outs will plead for their place at the table of fairness, kindness, pleading for what one never gives out. .The battle seems to be won, but you are wrong. Wait and see .

  8. The appellees and amici have filed their responses in the 3rd Circuit case, and based on commentary from some lawyers and legal reporters I read, it’s not looking good for Trump.

    Here’s one source of analysis for anyone who is interested: (a legal reporter for Reuters)

    This excerpt of his made me laugh: “The counties note that by failing to appeal the rest of Judge Brann’s order, Trump waives his ability to challenge them, including the judge’s finding that he lacks standing, which precludes a court from hearing his case.” How incompetent is Trump’s legal team?

  9. Fighting Words
    It’s a war.

    …By now it should be obvious – even to conservatives – that we are in a war. It is a conflict that began nearly fifty years ago when the street revolutionaries of the Sixties joined the Democrat Party. Their immediate goal was to help the Communist enemy win the war in Vietnam, but they stayed to expand their influence in the Democrat Party and create the radical force that confronts us today. The war that today’s Democrats are engaged in reflects the values and methods of those radicals. It is a war against us – against individual freedom, against America’s constitutional order, and against the capitalist engine of our prosperity.

    Democrat radicals know what they want and where they are going. As a result, they are tactically and organizationally years ahead of patriotic Americans who are only beginning to realize they are in a war. The Democrats’ plan to steal the 2020 election was hatched many years ago when Democrats launched their first attacks on Voter I.D.s, and then every effort to secure the integrity of the electoral system. Those attacks metastasized into an all-out assault on Election Day itself with early- and late-voting grace periods, and a flood of 92 million mail-in ballots, hundreds of thousands of which were delivered in the middle of the night to be counted behind the backs of Republican observers after Election Day had passed. …

    Democrats are not democrats; they are totalitarians. They have declared war on the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Electoral College, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the election system, and the idea of civil order. They have called for the Republican President of the United States to be de-platformed and jailed. Their obvious goal is a one-party state that criminalizes dissent. To them, support for such basic necessities as borders and law enforcement are racist.

    Worthwhile to read the entire piece at:

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