The Washington Post’s motto is “Democracy Dies In Darkness.”
So the once-great newspaper is active spreading shadow.
In a fresh piece headlined,”Democrats may not trust the results of the election when Trump wins,” the newspaper sets out the made-up concerns about”what would happen if President Donald Trump loses the November election also won’t concede.”
But author Richard L. Hasen, the chancellor’s professor of the law and political science in the University of California in Irvine, says there is another stress that”looms nearly as big and has far less attention: Would Democrats and others on the left accept the presidential results as legitimate should Trump wins? There’s reason to believe they may not — and you will find measures Trump and others might choose now to bolster his validity if he wins in November. It begins by making sure we have a reasonable vote.”
While the under reads like an article in The Onion, we promise it is true:
It’s easy to think of a situation where Trump ekes out a narrow victory in countries including Georgia and Florida but Democrats blame Georgia voter suppression and the struggle to keep former felons from voting in Florida as the rationale for Trump’s victory. A democracy depends upon the champions believing that the election was mostly reasonable and agreeing to battle the following day, as opposed to engage in protests and tries to prevent an chosen leader from functioning. If one side sees another hand as consistently cheating, the very premise of democracy is jeopardized.
This season, the grounds for Democrats to dread that an illegitimate election have just improved. Election officials also have faced delays in conducting primaries and been forced to close or consolidate polling places due to lack of available space and adequate employees — who are often elderly Americans, the people most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. Through the April 7 Wisconsin first, 175 out of 180 Milwaukee polling areas were sought after Republicans in the state legislature refused to postpone the election despite the pandemic.
Many voters have naturally planned to vote by mail in November where allowed, since that presents a safer approach to cast a ballot during a pandemic and avoids potentially long polling-place lines. However, Trump has repeatedly raised unsubstantiated claims of fraud linked to mail-in ballots, and he made a crony to head the U.S. Postal Service, which must deliver the ballots to Republicans (and reunite those ballots that Republicans enter the mail rather than a drop box along with a polling location ).
And Hasen wraps up with this:
I do not hold out hope that Trump is going to take the measures required in the following two weeks to reinforce the confidence of all voters in the equity and integrity of the procedure. Quite the opposite. But when he doesn’t, and then he wins again and massive portions of the populace do not accept his victory as legitimate — something Trump has consistently complained about because the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election started — he could have only himself to blame that moment.