[guest post by Dana]
President Trump’s allies are preparing to send an “alternate” slate of electors to Congress, senior White House adviser Stephen Miller said Monday, signaling Trump will drag out his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election even after the Electoral College certifies Joe Biden as the winner.
Miller, appearing on Fox News as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, brushed off the idea that the Electoral College vote marked any kind of end to the process.
“The only date in the Constitution is Jan. 20. So we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election,” Miller said on “Fox & Friends.”
“As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we’re going to send those results up to Congress,” he continued. “This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open. That means that if we win these cases in the courts, that we can direct that the alternate state of electors be certified.”
Miller indicated that Trump supporters will act as “alternates” in a handful of contested states, including Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, to submit their own, unofficial results. Should the Trump campaign succeed in overturning the outcome in any of those states, Miller said, the alternate electors could then be recognized by Congress.
Clearly, Trump has no plans to accept the election loss, even after today’s proceedings. Which leads me to this:
Ardent Trump supporters deserve credit for their loyalty through thick and thin. But he is taking them for a ride with these frivolous election lawsuits, none more baseless than the one described here. https://t.co/CSPtXhETqf
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 14, 2020
But do ardent Trump supporters really deserve credit for their loyalty through the “thick and thin”? Or has their support only helped to enable an unhinged president not to accept an election loss? Has their loyalty further compelled him to dangerously plow ahead with the destructive undermining of a presidential election?
For the sake of this post, I’m focusing only on post-election activities. And what I see is that the President has dragged the country through a miserable and delusional slog by refusing to accept the election results. And to those “ardent supporters,” the truth is, he isn’t concerned about you, he is concerned and consumed by his own bruised ego. It’s a strange symbiotic relationship that Trump and his ardent supporters have. He plays them by tapping into their anger and resentment for feeling dismissed by the political class, and they, in turn, offer fealty to him, convinced that only he fights for them. There is as much chance of changing their minds as there is of convincing Trump that he lost the election bigly. This willingness to surrender all common sense and reason, and render oneself deaf and blind on his behalf is the proverbial indescribable gift to Trump. He continues to pull in a substantial financial haul from his loyal subjects as he keeps them hanging on to his every promise to overturn the election results and convinces them that they are once again being ignored by the political elite. And now, judging from President Trump’s sidekick Steven Miller’s comments, we know that they will continue on the same fruitless and deluded path until at least January 20. That the President has now seen almost 60 lawsuits tossed by the courts makes no difference.
I am going to say firmly and without hesitation that, no, his “ardent supporters” do not deserve credit. Their “ardent support” has enabled a self-consumed toddler-in-chief to indulge a dug-in refusal to accept reality. I would even go so far as to suggest that they are indirectly complicit in helping to drag our nation through Trump’s worst temper tantrum as he undermines democracy and attempts to disenfranchise voters with an endless string of baseless claims of fraud and conspiracy.
And don’t even get me started on the complicity and enabling of Trump by the spineless GOP members of Congress….
Stephen Miller on Fox & Friends says "an alternative" group of electors is also voting today:
"As we speak, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we are going to send those results to Congress."pic.twitter.com/5kIkfsbOFw
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) December 14, 2020