Donald Trump’s judicial berezina

Donald Trump at a rally to support Republican Senate candidates in Valdosta, Ga. On December 5.

Burlesque lawyers, wobbly complaints, a shower of failures: the war launched by Donald Trump against the presidential election of November 3 has turned into a rout. The berezina of the outgoing president was due to end on December 8, the deadline set by law from which the designation by state of the electorate’s electorate can no longer be contested. Their vote will take place six days later, on December 14, formalizing the victory of Joe Biden.

This war started six months earlier on 1er May, with Donald Trump sharing on his Twitter account of a controversial article casting doubt on the security of postal voting. It allows him to launch his offensive against this mode of expression of suffrage that the Covid-19 pandemic promises to multiply. “Do not allow FALKED ELECTIONS ยป, He comments. Until the eve of the poll, Donald Trump takes up the accusation preventively more than six hundred times. A real hype.

Discredit the vote

For weeks, polls have shown that Democratic voters, more concerned with protective measures against the disease than Republicans, intend to resort to them on a massive scale. For the outgoing president, deprived by the coronavirus of a flattering economic record, discrediting this vote is a good way to instill doubt in the event of defeat.

It is customary of the genre. He had already denounced a “Rigged election” in 2016 before narrowly winning it to everyone’s surprise. Annoyed at having been largely left behind by Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, he then embarked on the quest for hundreds of thousands of illegal votes cast, according to him, by undocumented migrants. A commission set up specially had however been unable to identify them.

On election night, the dynamic feared by Donald Trump kicks in. Arrived initially in the head in the key States thanks to the votes cast in the polling stations, mainly by the Republican voters, it sees its advance gradually eroded by the inclusion of the postal ballots, counted more slowly. At 2:30 am, he spoke at the White House to announce an impossible referral to the Supreme Court in order to stop the operations of counting the ballots which began to turn against him: war was declared.

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