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‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says trump ‘did everything possible to lose’

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Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven’t been willing to indulge his fantasy.

The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.


“We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, who sits on Michigan’s board of state canvassers, which was statutorily obligated to certify the election win by Joe Biden. “As John Adams once said, ‘We are a government of laws, not men.’ This board needs to adhere to that principle here today. This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election.”


The president bought into spurious claims that majority-GOP state legislators could appoint electors for him, and some of Michigan’s highest-ranking Republicans felt obligated to accept his invitation to the White House as he floated that theory in public.


“The unfortunate reality within the party today is that Trump retains a hold that is forcing party leaders to continue down the path of executing his fantasy of overturning the outcome — at their own expense,” said Jason Cabel Roe, a Michigan-based GOP strategist. “Frankly, continuing to humor him merely excuses his role in this. The election wasn’t stolen, he blew it. Up until the final two weeks, he seemingly did everything possible to lose. Given how close it was, there is no one to blame but Trump.”


The president has pushed claims that Republicans were not allowed to watch the votes being counted in heavily Democratic areas, but the state’s longtime elections administrator said the process went completely by the book.


“The people outside that room were doing exactly what the law says you would eject people for doing — they were disrupting the election,” Thomas said. “Everyone else in the room — the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the ACLU, the nonpartisans — they all still had a full complement of challengers in the room. And the Republicans, by the way, had far more challengers in the room than they were entitled to.”


Thomas said many Republican poll challengers had not gone through the proper training and were there for the wrong reasons.

“Reading these affidavits afterward from these Republican poll challengers, I was just amazed at how misunderstood the election process was to them,” Thomas said, chuckling. “The things they said were going on—it’s like ‘Yeah, that’s exactly what was going on. That’s what’s supposed to happen.’”


The president’s legal challenges have been shot down in Michigan and elsewhere, and one of the legislators who accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House accepted some of the blame for a process that has been exploited by partisans.


“There’s a lot we can learn in the state of Michigan, because the way we’ve handled this, it’s become a national embarrassment,” said House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who is limited from serving another term, “and one of the items where we should look at other states and see how they’ve done it well, is regarding the early processing of absentee ballots. We mishandled that this year. We should have allowed for early processing. We didn’t, and it became a spectacle. I think we can learn from that. It should be something the legislature fixes moving forward.”

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Trump advisers have been avoiding him because they fear he’ll ask them to do something ‘crazy’:

President Donald Trump’s White House advisers have been increasingly trying to avoid coming into contact with him because they reportedly fear that he’ll ask them to do something “crazy.”


Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that most White House staffers have accepted that Trump has lost and will not be president on January 20th.


The president himself, however, is still trying to come up with some kind of Hail Mary pass to cling to power, which has made his staff avoid being near the Oval Office for fear that he’ll call them in and ask them to do something illegal.


“Usually everybody’s looking for an opportunity to go in [to the Oval Office],” one official said. “Now it’s the opposite. You never know where there’s going to be this moment where he’s like, well why don’t you do X-Y-Z crazy thing.”



Another official said that staffers have to walk on eggshells to avoid upsetting the president by acknowledging the reality of his defeat.


“Everybody’s trying to straddle the fence and avoid him flipping out,” another official explained.

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Just now, IcebergSlim said:

So what's your dog in this hunt?


Are you one of them post 2009 "Independents"?

I've always been independent.   My dog is that its gotten really old with the 24/7 Trump obsession.   Its time for it to go away, but I'll almost guarantee you that for the next 2 years we will still hear more about Trump than Biden.   

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