Everyone who has been watching knows that Donald Trump is unfit to be president, but he won the Electoral College vote, and that vote was certified in his favor on December 19, 2016. However, there’s more. It is a perfectly logical position to take to say that Trump is not a legitimate president-elect. Most of these rumblings have been coming from activists rather than people in actual positions of power. On Thursday night, that all changed, though.
ABC News is reporting that a top Washington Democrat is open to challenging the legitimacy of Trump’s presidential victory. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado is leading a charge to challenge Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote on Friday. He also has the backing of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, but there is the little problem of getting at least one member of the United States Senate to join in the charge – something Hoyer doesn’t think will happen. Hoyer says of the effort:
I don’t frankly think he’s going to get a Senator to join in with him, which the process requires. If he has the Senator, I will support him.”
Of course, this isn’t going to sit well with Republicans at all. But, according to Hoyer, that’s not the point. It’s about the Russian hacking and the threat that such meddling poses to the very core of American democracy. He says of Perlmutter’s efforts:
I think Mr. Perlmutter raises very legitimate issues. It’s based upon the Russian interference in the election….there’s no disagreement in the intelligence community.”
“Whether it’s done tomorrow or not, we are going to be pressing very, very, hard to get at the bottom of this.”
Predictably, Trump supporters are going all-in with the freaky responses on this one:
@ABC I am now convinced they will never "get it". They ignored the voters and it resulted in Trump. If they keep this up GOP will flurish.
— M Lewis (@lewis_lewisms) January 6, 2017
— @RadicalAgenda (@KvnCormier) January 6, 2017
And they wonder why we call them deplorable. Just go to Twitter, there’s plenty more of these despicable, un-American, traitorous reactions to this.
In this new world we are being forced to live in, though, it seems that it simply does not matter that our nation’s democracy is about to fall off a cliff to top Republicans. They don’t care that the unqualified, dangerous man they just got elected is a Russian stooge and a Puppet for Vladimir Putin. As long as he is THEIR Russian stooge, everything is A-OKAY.
Be afraid, America. Be very, very afraid.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.