Arizona, Elections & Delusion

  • Trump had blueprints that the Republicans tried to use to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory in a memo that laid out a plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to thwart election results. The memo was reported in the new book “Peril,” by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Trump’s own campaign staff knew that outlandish claims of fraud made by Trump’s lawyers were false, according to a report in The New York Times. But they did nothing to stop his dangerous allegations.
  • Trump sent a letter full of false information to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to start the process of decertifying the 2020 election.
  • “Peril” also contains a passage that shows Trump cared little for truth, what voters decided in November or bedrock constitutional values — but agonized about his reputation and mused that accepting defeat would brand him as one of history’s losers. Indeed, interviews in the book show that some people around Trump believed that a U.S. election could simply be disregarded if the president didn’t like the result — the very antithesis of democracy.
  • The House select committee on Jan. 6 planning has moved to subpoena four Trump in and out of the White House to learn what he was doing as the insurrection was organized and as it was occurring.
  • Last month, it emerged that Trump had tried to pressure the Justice Department to declare election fraud and leave the business of stealing power to him and his congressional allies. And, we’ve seen more than 20 Republican states adopting voter restrictions in the name of election integrity when there was no evidence of substantial election abuse.

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