In the third quarter of 2020 millions of eyes were expectantly hoping that the dangerous years of the 45th President of the United States of America would come to an end.
Pulling off a “remarkable turnaround”, Trump managed to attract “conservative Cuban-American voters and other Latino groups” at a rate that swung the result his way, despite middling gains for Biden among white Floridians.
Trump claimed that he won the election outright, and vowed to “ensure the integrity” of the vote from “fraud”.
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We we’re getting ready to win this election, and frankly we did win this election.”
What many feared, happened. Donald Trump was not going to give up his seat so easily. After predicting ‘big win’, Trump kept declaring victory for a very long time, even when it became clear Biden had gained a lot more votes than him. Trump appealed to the Supreme Court to ‘ensure election integrity’.
‘Frankly, we won.’
he kept saying, whilst the tried to bring the people to an uproar.
When Biden won Arizona, becoming the first Democratic candidate to take the state since Bill Clinton in 1996. that gave “some leeway”, after Biden had suffered early setbacks in his efforts to oust Trump in Florida and probably other southern states.
Mr Trump pushed ahead with his legal challenge against the results in some states and gave no indication he planned to concede the race anytime amid unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud, although one former Republican presidential nominee – Utah senator Mitt Romney – predicted he eventually would do. Mr Bush’s statement heaped additional pressure on Mr Trump to accept the outcome of the ballot.
“The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,”
Trump has failed to prove that there was fraudulent polling in duly constituted courts within a duly constituted time frame. Normally looking at a nation of laws, including laws that govern the means of redress for alleged electoral injuries one would expect there being enough systems to control the righteousness of the voting system. When Trump had exhausted all those legitimate means of redress he still did not want to give in and show his respects to the righteous winner.
Even this Supreme Court, where Trump had six sympathetic members (three appointed by him, quite a record), and only three unsympathetic, did not see fraudulent actions nor dared to change a result coming from too many states.
In the midst of the attempt by US President Donald Trump to nullify the 2020 election by means of an extra-constitutional coup, neither Biden and the Democrats, nor the US corporate media, have seen fit to alert the American and world public to ominous developments within the US military and its Pentagon command.
Trump and his supporters were carrying out an aggressive propaganda campaign to delegitimize the election with lying allegations of ballot fraud and increasingly fascistic conspiracy theories in order to provide a pretext for Republican-controlled statehouses in states like Michigan to repudiate the popular vote and select slates of pro-Trump electors.
In Europe we saw an assault on core democratic rights. The last vestiges of constitutional forms of rule came in the danger zone.
The new “acting” Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller his installation as defence secretary was the result of a wholesale purge of the top civilian leadership at the Pentagon that Trump initiated with the firing-by-tweet of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. He announced the elevation of the Special Operations Command to a status on a par with the existing branches of the armed forces, the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.
Miller made it clear in a confirmation hearing for another national security post that he had no compunction against using federal intelligence resources to pursue protesters at the order of the White House.
At the close of his campaign, just five days before the election, Trump flew to Fort Bragg for closed-door meetings with Special Forces troops and their commanders. Given subsequent developments, there is every reason to believe that the purpose of this trip was to assess the level of his support within the military units stationed there, and among their commanders, and to discuss plans for an armed response to an explosion of resistance to his plans to steal the election and establish a presidential dictatorship.
The tactics being employed by the Trump White House have been rehearsed countless times abroad under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Fabricated claims of election fraud have been used to justify US-backed coups, oust presidents and foment “colour revolutions” from Honduras, Bolivia and Venezuela to Ukraine and Georgia.
Now these same methods were being brought “home” under conditions of an insoluble economic and social crisis, characterized above all by staggering levels of social inequality and exacerbated by the CoViD-19 pandemic and the homicidal “herd immunity,” back-to-work policy of the capitalist ruling class.
Several Americans feared for the English reaction that Biden had won, because Boris Johnson had cast doubt on the prospects of a trade agreement with the US under Mr Biden, the president-elect, saying a deal will not be “a pushover”. The prime minister instead talked up the chances of close cooperation with the incoming Biden administration on climate change as Britain prepares to host the crucial COP26 international summit in 2021. In the wake of the Demcorat’s victory, Mr Johnson faced an urgent challenge to forge links with a president-elect whom he has never met and who has previously strangely enough described as a
“physical and emotional clone of Trump”.
Mr Biden is known to be an opponent of Brexit, which Mr Johnson championed, and is particularly concerned about its impact on the Good Friday Agreement in Ireland, his family hailing from County Mayo.
At first it did seem not so sure that Biden would be allowed the presidential seat.
Former president Barack Obama in response to Trump’s intransigent refusal to concede the election, said
“I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in there to dig them out.”
While presented by the media as a joke, this remark confirms that, in the final analysis, the Democrats relied on the military, rather than popular opposition, to remove Trump from office. Such an outcome would have made the military the arbiter of American politics, and as such could have brought us Europeans and several Americans to wonder who is controlling that Great Nation.
Far more than the threat of a coup and dictatorship, Biden and the Democratic Party feared an eruption of popular protest and mass resistance from below against Trump and his co-conspirators. For some weeks we here in Europe were afraid this all could escalate in a sort of civil war.
Luckily there were enough wise politicians who could bring some pressure from underneath to bring that 45th President to calm down and to let the politics of the States come back to normal.
With Biden, who won the largest popular vote in US history and doubled the votes of the LGBT community, the United States shall have to go through a demographic transformation, which will further exacerbate the polarisation.
The Census Bureau estimates that this year the majority of the country’s 74 million children will not be white. And in the decade of the 2040s, the white population will be under 49% with the other 51% made up of Latinos, blacks, Asians and other minorities.
Trump has now lost his Teflon, and he is a loser. But he has 68 million followers on Twitter, and he is probably going to open his own TV channel. He is going to be a serious problem for the Republican Party. He is going to cultivate the myth of stolen elections and keep his followers in a state of confrontation. Trump is gone, but Trumpism remains