I owe a humble and sincere apology to President Donald J. Trump.
He was right all along.
There was absolutely appalling corruption related to the 2020 US election.
In fact, it is so bad that the perpetrator may now face serious criminal charges.
There is only one problem for the man in the White House who yelled about corruption: the culprit … is President Donald J. Trump.
I have watched with increasing dismay how Trump tossed his toys out of the stroller since he lost the election. He whined and bitched in a way that would embarrass even the most spoiled of babies.
But that dismay turned into real horror and anger when the Washington Post yesterday dropped its leaked bomb tape in which he can be heard trying to poke Georgia Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp like a mafia mob boss To take arm.
Dismay turned into real horror and anger when the Washington Post yesterday dropped its leaked bomb tape attempting to arm Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp like a mafia mob boss
On the shocking hour-long phone call, Trump said to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, “So look. I just want to do this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state … the people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry … there's nothing wrong with saying you recalculated.
The call is an apparent attempt by the current President of the United States to trick two elected officials (including Governor Brian Kemp pictured) into deliberately deceiving the American people
In the shocking hour-long conversation, "Don Trumpone" threatens and appeases the two Republican officials and pleads with them to do everything possible to overthrow the election results in Georgia.
The low point of the explosive and incredibly harmful exchange is when Trump says, “So look. I just want to do this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state … the people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry … there's nothing wrong with saying you've recalculated yourself. & # 39;
Actually, everything is wrong with saying that.
Let's be very clear: this is an obvious attempt by the current President of the United States to trick two elected officials into deliberately deceiving the American people.
Trump is therefore breaking the law in the most audacious way imaginable.
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris called it "the voice of despair" and a "bleak, bold abuse of power by the president" – and she is absolutely right.
Legal experts agree.
"The President has no doubt asked the Secretary of State to invent voices and create voices that weren't there," Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Georgia State University College of Law, told Politico. "Not only did he ask to overcome the specific lead Joe Biden won, but he also said we need an extra vote to secure victory in Georgia."
Andrew Weissman, a veteran attorney who worked for the Justice Department for 20 years, tweeted, “Trump's testimony shows that he knows what the law is and he's doing exactly what it forbids: trying to produce false election results and threatening people do this to book. Federal and state crimes. & # 39;
There are, therefore, solid legal reasons why Trump is now being charged for his actions, as many Democrats suggest.
In the shocking hour-long conversation, "Don Trumpone" threatens and appeases the two Republican officials and pleads with them to do everything possible to overthrow the election results in Georgia
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MP said: “I absolutely think it is a criminal offense and, if it were up to me, articles would be on the floor pretty quickly. He's attacking our choice. & # 39;
Yes it is and it is an absolute shame.
Trump's behavior since his loss has been utterly pathetic and made America the mockery of the world.
But his behavior on this phone call goes well beyond a tantrum or something to laugh about.
Legendary reporter Carl Bernstein, who with Bob Woodward helped bring down Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal – also exposed by the Washington Post – said it was "far worse" and called the tape "the ultimate smoking weapon ".
Bernstein said it shows what Trump is "willing to undermine the electoral system and illegally, inappropriately and immorally attempt to launch a coup".
He added, “In any other presidency, this tape would be evidence enough to result in the impeachment of the President of the United States, his conviction in the United States Senate, and an immediate appeal by members of Congress – including his own party – that he resigns immediately.
"We should really hear that right now."
I totally agree.
Trump triggered a national emergency with his outrageous criminal behavior.
What is needed now is Republicans who will stop working with their corrupt leader, sniffing like mob underbosses – and stand against him.
That ultimately toppled Nixon. when his own party turned against him, sick of the way he had demoted the office of president.
But where are similar heroes of Republican principles today?
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris called it "the voice of despair" and a "bleak, bold abuse of power by the president" – and she is absolutely right
Instead of pairing up and telling Trump where to put his absurd and now unlawful nonsense, 12 Republican senators plan to oppose the certified vote count on Wednesday.
The Dirty Dozen are led by Ted Cruz, who described Trump in 2016 as a "sneaky coward", "pathological liar" and "absolutely amoral".
They're not stupid people, so they know that despite all of his incessant turmoil and shit since losing the election, Trump has not presented any evidence of the supposedly widespread electoral fraud that he claims robbed him of victory.
He didn't produce any because there aren't any.
If so, he would have shown us by now.
Instead, Trump has only shown us what a terrible loser he is, and now how far he is willing to reject the outcome of a free, fair and democratic election.
Nevertheless, numerous high-ranking Republicans are ready to commit to the Trump car, which is falling into the abyss of shame and crime.
When people warned a few months ago that Donald Trump would refuse to accept the outcome, and maybe even launch a coup in order to stay in power, I made fun of the idea of such a scenario.
I was wrong.
Trump has proved all of his most ardent critics right in his appalling attack on US democracy, and now he has been taped as he threatened elected officials directly and asked them to correct the result by breaking the law.
Carl Bernstein is right when he says this is worse than Watergate.
President Donald J. Trump is now endangering the foundations of American democracy and must be stopped.
It is time for Republican leaders to remind themselves that their first duty to the American people is to say "ENOUGH!" and beat their boss.
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