Many Americans can’t understand how so many people could be voting for these election deniers. But most of us understand the route to destroying democracy is to destroy the underlying faith in our voting system which allowed Trump to mastermind his attempted coup on January 6th.
They are also wondering, like Bob Woodward and his longtime colleague Carl Bernstein, how such an unfit person could be elected President.
See Woodward’s views as expressed in his new book here.
— Bob Woodward (@realBobWoodward) October 23, 2022
He and Carl Bernstein gave eloquent testimony on Trump’s utter unfitness for office on Jake Tapper’s CNN special on 10/24/22.
Two reasons stand out. One, while there are plenty of morally corrupt politicians willing to prey on the feelings of those being left out—that 30% or so of those who Trump mobilized with his MAGA lies.
A primary example of being a “denier political profiteer” is Kari Lake now running for Governor of Arizona.
Read here her zero-proof denial case and yet she still could win.
Kari Lake wins GOP primary for Arizona governor. She supports The Big Lie, a danger to democracy. AZ, vote for @katiehobbs for governor. #SaveOurDemocracy #ProudBlue22 #DemVoice1 #FreshResists #TruBlue #Rabbithole #BlueVoices #BlueCrew https://t.co/T5pS1ssMbC
— Sheryl with an S 🇺🇸💙🌊🌊🏳️🌈🇮🇪☘️🇺🇦💔 (@beachblond52) August 5, 2022
But of course, the big Kahuna in our present disastrous political climate remains Trump, who Maggie Haberman, the ace NY Times reporter has followed from Trump’s earliest corrupt days. Her book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America”, now number one of the nonfiction best seller list, is reviewed here.
New York blew it on every level, says Sean Wilentz in his review of “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” by Maggie Haberman. The institutions of New York had the power to stop the spread of the virus— but they declined. https://t.co/hJqrgZbSuL
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 4, 2022
Having so many credible examples which clearly prove Trump’s vast unfitness for office, the conundrum remains. Why, as this crucial midterm election approaches, are so many MAGA types and others willing to buy into destroying our democracy?
I have speculated on the reasons, including racism, for this before, but I found a well-documented article that does a superb job on covering those voters who feel left out of an America they don’t like.
Entitled “Their America Is Vanishing. Like Trump, They Insist They Were Cheated” in the NY Times on 10/24/22 by Michael H. Keller and David D. Kirkpatrick, it hammers the points as to why democracy is being challenged which others have stressed but never better.
The authors begin by writing,
When Representative Troy Nehls of Texas voted last year to reject Donald J. Trump’s electoral defeat, many of his constituents back home in Fort Bend County were thrilled.
Like the former president, they have been unhappy with the changes unfolding around them. Crime and sprawl from Houston, the big city next door, have been spilling over into their once bucolic towns. (“Build a wall,” Mr. Nehls likes to say, and make Houston pay.) The county in recent years has become one of the nation’s most diverse, where the former white majority has fallen to just 30 percent of the population.”
Major denier reason number one: They see too many non-whites arriving.
More distress here: “A shrinking white share of the population is a hallmark of the congressional districts held by the House Republicans who voted to challenge Mr. Trump’s defeat, a New York Times analysis found — a pattern political scientists say shows how white fear of losing status shaped the movement to keep him in power.
The portion of white residents dropped about 35 percent more over the last three decades in those districts than in territory represented by other Republicans, the analysis found, and constituents also lagged behind in income and education. Rates of so-called deaths of despair, such as suicide, drug overdose and alcohol-related liver failure, were notably higher as well.
Many deniers are poorer, less educated and feeling cut out of a future:
Although overshadowed by the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the House vote that day was the most consequential of Mr. Trump’s ploys to overturn the election. It cast doubt on the central ritual of American democracy, galvanized the party’s grass roots around the myth of a stolen victory and set a precedent that legal experts — and some Republican lawmakers — warn could perpetually embroil Congress in choosing a president.
Then the abject fear or cowardice of losing their constituents votes or possibly even attacked by Oath Keeper types, the Congressional representatives of these deniers kowtowed and cringed in their seats and went along with corruption. The authors tell us exactly how:
To understand the social forces converging in that historic vote — objecting to the Electoral College count — The Times examined the constituencies of the lawmakers who joined the effort, analyzing census and other data from congressional districts and interviewing scores of residents and local officials. The Times previously revealed the back-room maneuvers inside the House, including convincing lawmakers that they could reject the results without explicitly endorsing Mr. Trump’s outlandish fraud claims.
Many of the 139 objectors, including Mr. Nehls, said they were driven in part by the demands of their voters. “You sent me to Congress to fight for President Trump and election integrity,” Mr. Nehls wrote in a tweet on Jan. 5, 2021, “and that’s exactly what I am doing.” At a Republican caucus meeting a few days later, Representative Bill Johnson, from an Ohio district stretching into Appalachia, told colleagues that his constituents would “go ballistic” with “raging fire” if he broke with Mr. Trump, according to a recording.
Read the entire article here.
"We’re going to set this county on fire" is a direct quote from someone in this piece. This title could have been anything, like – "They'd rather destroy their country than watch it change." Instead, always with the sympathy. https://t.co/eXE5jWkplD
— Rachel Sklar (she/her) (@rachelsklar) October 25, 2022
So now that these reasons for denying are clear what is to be done?
By the way, don’t fail to note that present poll workers are often short staffed and under uncreating assault with many getting messages about being killed.
It’s time for calling out the immorality of now voting for truth. Liz Chaney’s political views are not mine, but her stand on deniers is critical to be understood and acted upon. Read this NBC reporter’s article here.
She names Kari Lake and others including Senator Ted Cruz and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin who will campaign with Lake this month, as taking unconstitutional actions when she states “So what happens here in Arizona is not just important for Arizona, but it’s important for the nation and for the future functioning of our constitutional republic,” she said earlier.
If we want racists, election deniers and people willing to try to intimidate poll watchers and elected official in office who doesn’t like Trump with threats of violence in charge of our voting, Mr. Trump’s run for President, which many expert political observers, including Maggie Haberman, see as certain in 2024, we will put in office these traitors to our founding documents.
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