Watching what has been happening in the United States with loser President Donald Trump challenging the election results at every turn, I think in looking back at his presidential run that he was attempting to follow the path laid out by German dictator Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
Hitler started off from a modest beginning but with his wild rhetoric he got the masses behind him, similar to what Trump did in 2016.
Spewing venom at every turn, Hitler clawed his way into a position of total power.
The military could have stopped him at any time but the generals chose not to.
Trump, bypassing a lot of what Hitler had to go through, became commander-in-chief with his election in 2016.
We have seen the power he accumulated in that time, with a base that reveres him and politicians in the Republican party he represents cowering before him.
It is a good thing he is going out the door, even though he is losing his fingernails from his attempts to hang on, because who knows what would have happened if he had been re-elected for another four-year term.
Would he maybe have been able to install top generals who would have allowed him to assume the mantel of dictator? Putting him in a club to whose members he has long pandered.
Would it have been possible that Canada would have ended up next door to a totalitarian regime?
I realize this sounds far out but with the crazies who follow Trump, the supreme crazy, I truly believe it was not beyond the realm of possibility.
After all, to this point, few have had the courage to stand up to him.
Trump still does not accept the results of the election nor do his followers. They believe Joe Biden stole the election.
They claim there was massive fraud.
They cannot tell you.
Trump, who allegedly at one time had a flirtation with the truth, and some of his followers have launched more than 30 law suits, all of which have been shot down, in many instances by conservative judges and in some by those he appointed..
The simple reason for this is that they have gone into court armed with nothing in the way of evidence, just their claims that something had to have happened for Trump to have lost to Biden.
One of the last nails driven into Trump’s cause came from U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann, who issued a scathing order in late November dismissing the Trump campaign’s futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots in the process.
The judge wrote in his order that Trump had asked the court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters.
“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption,” Brann wrote, “so much that the court would have no option but to stop the certification even though it would impact so many people.
“Instead, this court was presented with harsh legal arguments without merit . . . “
Beyond the decisions that went against him in the lower courts, Trump also lost at the Supreme Court twice.
In the last one, Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton — who is under indictment for securities fraud — asked the Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four other battleground states, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He was backed by more than 17 attorneys general from other states and 126 Republicans in Congress in asking the court to throw out millions of votes.
Texas asking not for the election results to be overturned in its state but in four other states would be like Ontario wanting to overturn the results in Manitoba if Ontario didn’t like them.
Yet people who would normally be considered reasonable back Trump in such ill-conceived ventures.
In regard to the election, I can understand how one can be “fixed” or “rigged” in totalitarian countries but I can’t understand how it could happen in countries like the United States or Canada.
The people who man the polling booths will be from all party affiliations as well as independents and there are observers from all the parties involved. Similarly, this occurs during the counting of ballots.
Can an election be fixed or rigged without the help of these people? Could they have given Biden seven million votes, the number he led Trump by in the popular vote?
I don’t think so and election officials, both Republican and Democrat, have certified the vote in their states.
Yet Gabriel Sterling, a top Republican election official in Georgia , was forced to issue an appeal to Trump and other GOP politicians to tamp down their baseless claims of widespread fraud because their intensifying attacks on the integrity of the vote were making election workers the subject of dangerous threats.
However, Trump and/or his people continued to allege that in some instances their representatives were denied observer status and there were boxes (allegedly containing illegal ballots) under the desks on which ballots were being counted.
Both claims were debunked in court.
Voting machines were also allegedly hijacked, another claim that went nowhere.
The election, the first to be questioned in this way and only because of Trump, is over and the facts show it was legitimate. Biden is going to be the next president. For once in his life Trump should show some class and acknowledge this and then pack his bags and go home.
I jest, of course, such a reasonable thing being beyond Trump.
He is not going away. For the next four years he will run the Republican Party and will be almost as much of a pain and destructive out of office as he was within.