Washington – Forget Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Or Trump’s impeachment to ask Ukraine to dig dirt on Joe Biden.
Possibly the biggest political scandal we’ve ever seen in this country is playing out in front of our eyes: President Trump and his allies are trying to reverse the election results of a contest he lost.
It does not appear that this plan is going to work. The Wayne County (Detroit) Board of Canvassers last night certified its election results after initially withdrawing support by two of its Republican members. (Biden won by Wayne County, 68 percent to 31 percent, and Michigan State by 148,000 votes.)
But failing does not erase the horrors of the scandal – or the fact that the President of the United States has appeased it at every step.
Consider the last 24 hours:
- Two Republican members of Wayne County’s canvassing board voted against certifying their election results before reversing course and Trump. Praised the action: “Wow! Michigan just refused to authenticate the election results! Being courageous is a beautiful thing. The United States is proud!”
- In Nevada – a state Trump lost by 2.4 percentage points – the presidential campaign team sued and asked the judge to declare Trump the winner or reject the state’s election results.
- In Pennsylvania – which Biden won by more than 82,000 votes – Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in court asking a judge to reverse the state’s results. (“At the bottom, you are asking this court to invalidate some 6.8 million votes, which in general insults every single voter,” the judge said.)
- And to cap it off, the president on Tuesday fired the federal government’s head of cybersecurity, who had rejected several conspiracy theories promoting Trump’s team.
Bottom Line: Trump’s efforts to reverse the election have stumbled and there has been no significant traction yet. But it is still disturbing to watch, especially with so many elected Republicans remaining silent.
And it provides a road map for someone else to do it better next time.
That said, we’re going to find out at 6:00 pm ET if Trump is going to put his money where his mouth is – that is, Wisconsin will have to pay $ 7.9 million by today’s state deadline .
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Data download: the numbers you should know today
5,713,311: Joe Biden’s leadership in the popular vote at the time of publication.
11,440,082: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (This is 160,231 more than yesterday morning.)
249,820: Number of deaths from the virus in the United States so far. (That’s 1,627 more than yesterday morning.)
170.32 million: According to researchers at the COVID tracking project, as many coronovirus tests have been performed in the United States so far.
76,823: The number of people currently hospitalized with coronovirus 87: the age of Sen. Chalk Grassley, the second-oldest senator and one who tested positive for coronavirus yesterday.
12 million: If Congress does not act then Americans may lose unemployment aid.
95 percent: The effectiveness rate of Pfizer’s vaccine, which it is expected to approve “within days”.
48: Number of days of Senate runoff until 5 January.
63: Number of days until inauguration day.
Biden’s Team: Infection Delay May Harm Vaccine Delivery
The General Services Administration has still not officially signed a letter of recognition to begin the transition process from Trump to the Biden administration. And now, President-Elect Joe Biden’s Coronovirus Advisory Committee is saying that gaps in infection could force delays in Americans’ ability to obtain the Kovid-19 vaccine.
NBC’s Mariana Sotomayor reports: Dr. David Kessler, dau. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunz-Smith emphatically asserted that without communication and full coordination with the Trump administration and national health organizations, the Bolero administration would face significant challenges in the delivery of the vaccine. To accelerate rapid testing and shore up essential personal protective equipment. Kessler also mentioned that the lack of preparedness could cost the Biden administration the public confidence if it did not get the right response from the start.
Kessler said, “Dr. Fauci said this week that prohibiting the identities of GSA administrators could delay vaccine delivery. Our team cannot communicate with them. We are setting our recommendations for the presidential election for the same task. The sooner the Biden transition team can meet with officials working on these questions, the more likely the transition will be to the American people. “
Georgia Runoff Watch by Ben Kamisar
In today’s runoff, Georgia Democrat John Ossoff is embracing President-Elect Joe Biden tight.
This week Osoff is in a new location, defending Biden, arguing that helping him is “the only way to defeat this virus,” and echoing Biden’s expert-first approach to combat the coronavirus pandemic .
“But David Produce says he will do everything in his power to make sure that is the way he tries to do with President Obama,” Osfo said in a direct-to-camera spot .
As Georgia Republicans fight day-by-day, week after week, the Democratic side seems far more unified.
Lid: It’s complicated
Do not miss the pods from yesterday, when we saw a very unusual political climate in Georgia.
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world
So, wait, what exactly happened in Wayne County, Mich., Last night?
ProPublica reports that the Trump campaign has been pressuring the Secretary of State for the GOP in Georgia for some time.
Biden will virtually meet with health care workers today; Trump has no public program.
Some GOP governors are implementing masked mandates.
The Congress is not optimistic about a new relief package.
Politico sees the post-election crisis Democrats are running in Florida.