In case you were not aware, Rudy Giuliani is still pushing to overturn the Michigan results and there were hearings in the Republican-controlled state legislature for four hours on Wednesday where he brought in witnesses who alleged widespread fraud. One of them was someone named Melissa Carone who said that she worked as a contractor for Dominion Voting Systems, the company that manufactured the voting machines and that has been accused by Trump lawyers of working in cahoots with Hugo Chavez (who died in 2013) and the CIA to electronically switch Trump votes to Biden votes as part of their plan to turn the world Communist. Or something like that. It is hard to keep up.
You’ve got to hand it to her, she is feisty, too much even for Giuliani who tries and fails to rein her in as she badgers a member of the legislature (a Republican, mind you) as he tries to figure out exactly what the fraud is that she is alleging. She has been compared to a Saturday Night Live parody character.
Holy smokes the sequel is even better!
Rudy Giuliani tries to shush her to calm her down and the Republican even tries to reel her in!
She treats this Republican* like he’s a Chick-fil-A employee and the milkshake machine went down.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 3, 2020
But the absurdities in her testimony pale in comparisons to Trump’s 46-minutes rant yesterday that he gave in a recorded speech. It was wild, repeating the craziest allegations that have been repeatedly debunked over and over again. If you went by his account, you could be forgiven for thinking that vast numbers of votes were fraudulently cast quite openly. He took the time to give this rant while ignoring the raging pandemic on a day that saw the highest daily death toll and hospitalizations.
Clearly some people are feeding him false information and charts to humor his belief that he actually won and that he only seems to have lost purely because of fraud, even though his lawyers have not produced evidence in the venues that matter, the courts, and the cases have been thrown out, and even his own attorney general has said that the department of justice has not found evidence of widespread fraud.
Stephen Colbert had an immediate response to Trump’s speech.
Trump is clearly attempting to delegitimize the election of Joe Biden, even though Biden’s margin of victory is now approaching seven million votes,
a bigger margin than at any time in history (see corrections pointed out in comments), the percentage split is up to 51-47%, and the electoral college margin is 306-232, all of which are hardly close. To what purpose is he doing this? To dupe his supporters to sending money to his slush fund? To lay the groundwork for a second Trump presidential run? To fire up his supporters? Because he cannot accept that he is a loser?
Probably all of the above.