Opinion: The drawback with Trump’s hair-raising 2020 battle plan

Opinion: The problem with Trump's hair-raising 2020 battle plan

The President appears to have revealed his battle plan for November.

The obvious plan? Make it troublesome to vote, assure voting is sluggish and sophisticated and lift questions concerning the end result.

He needs to have the ability to declare, as he already has, that the 2020 vote is fraudulent. Whatever occurs, he’ll seemingly say he received.

And if he finally ends up leaving workplace despite all of it, he could depart it having undercut the flexibility of his successor to control — and leaving America weaker, much less revered, much less democratic. Indeed, the technique that’s changing into quickly obvious is as dangerous a risk to US democracy as America’s enemies have waged.

The outlines grew to become clear on Thursday, when Trump urged in a tweet that maybe the elections should be postponed.
The early morning tweet appeared calibrated to overhaul catastrophic headlines that day: the worst financial contraction within the historical past of GDP data, an economy shrinking nearly 10% from April by means of June and greater than 150,000 Americans lifeless from a pandemic spiraling out of control. It additionally preceded a televised funeral for a beloved civil rights icon who risked his life to struggle for the best to vote for all Americans.

But if the tweet’s timing aimed to distract, the content material merited alarm.

Experts rapidly famous that after all Trump has no energy to vary the election’s date (solely Congress can). And Republicans rejected the thought — amongst them a founding father of the conservative Federalist Society (who voted for Trump and opposed his impeachment), who called the notion “fascistic” and deemed the tweet itself grounds for speedy impeachment. Like others, he famous that elections occurred as scheduled even during the Civil War and World War II.
But Trump’s doubling down on his technique throughout his Thursday afternoon so-called coronavirus briefing, made it clear that this was not an off-the-cuff tweet — it is a plan, and appears to be transferring ahead. He has been repeatedly pushing the notion that mail-in voting is rife with fraud, despite experts pointing out that this is a lie.
And now he seems to have assist: The Trump donor (more than $2 million to Trump and GOP causes since 2016) and former finance chair of the Republican National Convention tapped last month to run the Postal Service, Louis DeJoy.

Listen to Source’s reporting on a memo outlining new procedures put into place underneath DeJoy:

“The new policies include hours being cut back within the US Postal Service, according to the memo obtained by CNN that shows talking points given to USPS managers across the country on July 10.

According to the memo, overtime, including late trips and extra trips by USPS workers, is no longer authorized or accepted. This is explained as a cost cutting measure that could save the financially struggling USPS around $200 million.

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‘One facet of those adjustments that could be troublesome for workers is that, quickly — we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks … which is not typical,’ reads the memo.”
According to the Washington Post, David Partenheimer, spokesman for the US Postal Service (an unbiased company), known as the notion that Trump was directing Lejoy “wholly misplaced and off-base,” and mentioned that any service “impacts” from the brand new procedures “will be monitored and temporary.”
Already mail is piling up, with rising supply backlogs throughout the nation. Postal employees are past alarmed. “I’m actually terrified to see election season underneath the brand new process,” Lori Cash, of the American Postal Workers Union informed the Post.
Do not be taken in: The administration’s failure to include the Covid-19 pandemic has made mail-in voting the one viable, safe and non-life-threatening choice for tens of millions of Americans — a lot of whom are already doing it. Nearly all the elections in Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah are conducted entirely by mail, for instance. Trump and greater than a dozen in his administration, together with his daughter Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr, have voted by absentee ballot.

But as a substitute of constructing this simpler, safer and extra environment friendly, Trump is making an attempt to make it much less environment friendly and fewer plausible.

During Thursday’s briefing, Trump revealed extra parts of his plan. He spoke of vote counting that might take every week, “or a month or, frankly, with litigation and everything else that can happen, years.” Ah, sure, litigation. Trump, who sues or threatens to sue when he doesn’t like reality, might take America to courtroom.
Remember his struggles to makes us believe there have been big crowds at his inauguration, regardless that our eyes proved he was mendacity? If he loses in November, he could very effectively plan to go to courtroom in opposition to that actuality.

His critics may even see by means of Trump’s technique, however tens of millions of his followers imagine what he says and can imagine him all through the autumn, and after Nov. 3 — and if he loses, they might be part of him in rejecting the election’s end result. The harm to America’s democracy might be incalculable and lasting.

Of course, this technique would disintegrate if Trump loses in a landslide. The wider the margin of defeat, the tougher it will likely be for him to assert he was robbed. Anything might occur within the subsequent three months — we actually discovered that in 2016.

Americans — and their elected leaders — must defend the election. Mail-in have to be made straightforward, straightforward to hold out, straightforward to rely. States must have adequate polling places, voting machines and ballot employees. The voter rolls have to be protected. Hackers have to be locked out.

Enemies of our nation’s democracy have to be thwarted of their efforts to show this fall right into a nationwide nightmare.

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