Consider the last 24 hours:
- The two Republican members of Wayne County’s canvassing board voted against certifying its election results before reversing course, and Trump praised the action: “Wow! Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!”
- In Nevada — a state Trump lost by 2.4 percentage points — the president’s campaign team filed a lawsuit asking a judge to either declare Trump the winner or to reject the state’s election results.
- In Pennsylvania — which Biden won by more than 82,000 votes — Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in court asking a judge to overturn the state’s results. (“At bottom, you’re asking this court to invalidate some 6.8 million votes thereby disenfranchising every single voter in the commonwealth,” the judge said.)
- And to top it off, the president on Tuesday fired the federal government’s head of cybersecurity, who had debunked many of the conspiracy theories that Trump’s team had been promoting.
Dana highlighted that last bit of outrageous retaliation here.
Meanwhile, Trump superfans — the same people who screamed about a “coup” when law enforcement investigated evidence of numerous weird connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia — seem just fine with these attempts to render meaningless the actual verdict of voters.
It’s simply evidence that Trump is a would-be strongman, and a surprisingly large percentage of his supporters would like him to be dictator — and don’t care in the slightest about the will of the actual voters or our constitutional structure.
It’s not going to work. But the fact that so many people want it to work is frightening and scandalous.