In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close.

But Donald Trump still has not conceded, and some leading Republicans say he shouldn’t.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Sunday that Trump shouldn’t concede because “if Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again.”

In other words, despite zero evidence of voter fraud, the GOP should attack the outcome of the election because a Democrat was elected president.

The nation was already divided when Trump became president. But Trump exploited our divisions to gain and try to keep power. He didn’t just pour salt into our wounds. He planted grenades in them.

And now he and his enablers appear willing to pull the pins.

Elections usually end with losing candidates congratulating winners and graciously accepting defeat. They thereby demonstrate their commitment to the democratic system over the particular outcome they fought to achieve.

Apparently there will be no graciousness from Trump and his allies, and no concession from Trump.

They don’t want America to heal. They don’t want Americans to come together. They’d evidently prefer continuous warfare because that’s the only way they think they can win.

It’s a nearly treasonous act: Destroy public trust in the system in order to retain power.

Although Americans have strongly disagreed over what we want the government to do, through most of our history we have agreed to be bound by the outcomes of our elections. This meta-agreement has required enough trust for us to regard the views and interests of those we disagree with as equally worthy of consideration as our own.

But Trump and his allies have continuously sacrificed that trust for partisan ends. And it looks like they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed whatever trust remains.

Trump will be president for another 10 weeks. He is already mounting legal challenges and demanding recounts — maneuvers that could prevent states from meeting the legal deadline of Dec. 8 for choosing electors.

If this continues, America could find itself in a situation similar to what it faced in 1876, when claims about ballot fraud forced a special electoral commission to determine the winner.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump, Graham and Trump’s other Republican allies refuse to attend Biden’s inauguration.

Maybe Trump stages a giant rally for himself instead, and Graham introduces him as the “real” president. Trump sends firestorms of aggrieved messages to his followers — questioning Biden’s legitimacy as president and urging that they refuse to recognize his presidency.

This is followed by months of Trump rallies and tweets containing even more outlandish charges: plots against him and America by Biden, Nancy Pelosi, “deep-state” bureaucrats, “socialists,” immigrants, Muslims or any other of his standard foes.

It could go on like this for years. Trump thereby keeps the nation’s attention focused on himself, remains the center of controversy and divisiveness, and makes it harder for Biden to heal the nation.

Meanwhile, Graham and his ilk keep millions of Republican voters in a state of perpetual fury leading up to the midterm elections of 2022 and the presidential election in 2024.

Now is the time for other Republican leaders to exercise true leadership and ask the nation to unify behind Biden.

Former President George W. Bush made a start. At the same time Graham was warning Trump not to concede, Bush phoned Biden to congratulate him, saying the race was “fundamentally fair” and “its outcome is clear.” In a subsequent statement, Bush added, “I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won the opportunity to lead and unify our country.”

Kudos to Bush.

The media (including Twitter, Facebook and even Fox News) can also help. They have already begun to call out Trump’s lies in real time and cut off his press conferences — practices that should have started years ago. They should continue to tag his lies and those of his allies, and ignore their baseless claims.

It would be a fitting end to a reality-TV president who has tried to turn America into a reality war zone.

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bosco

Is this the same Robert Reich who just last month tweeted:

"When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe."

Nothing like a good old Inquisition to fire up the zealots.

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public-redux

Is it truth or reconciliation, or both, that you regard as detestable?

bosco

Such a commission with the stated goal in itself is "detestable".

Maybe you are too young to remember the McCarthy hearings.

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public-redux

I’ll count you in the “both” column.

bosco

Whatever.

You have a nice day.

[ninja]

awteam2000

The irony in this election is the Republicans gained in the House, won state seats and may hold on to the senate, but their leader ‘Trump’ is toast. If you throughout ballots for the president, you throughout down ballots. You still don’t re-elect Trump but harm down ballot votes, losing those seats. It’s kind of a problem. Right?

phydeaux994

Lindsey Graham said about Trump in 2015: He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for.

Ted Cruz on Tuesday unloaded on Donald Trump, accusing him during a news conference of being a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral," "a narcissist at a level I don't think this country's ever seen" and "a serial philanderer."

What Kevin McCarthy said: "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Donald Trump needs to carefully select a running mate to bolster his inexperience, adding that Trump doesn't know much about "the issues." "He needs someone highly experienced and very knowledgeable because it's pretty obvious he doesn't know a lot about the issues," McConnell said of a running mate for the mogul.

The faction of the GOP that is unhappy with Donald Trump as the party's presumptive nominee has one last plan to stop the mogul: staging an all-out delegate revolt at the Republican National Convention. Republicans have been forced to criticize their own nominee. Recent comments from Trump about a federal judge's Mexican heritage have drawn widespread rebuke and put GOP leaders in a corner as they defend their endorsement of Trump while disavowing his comments.

Hayduke2

The Republicans are attempting to trash the results of free and fair election. Barr is once again the President's co-conspirator in trying to manufacture fraud and usurpt individual states rights. At least the leader of the DOJ's election crimes division has integrity and has resigned rather than carry out Barr's vendetta. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/doj-s-election-crimes-chief-resigns-after-barr-directs-prosecutors-n1247220

awteam2000

‘Socialism‘ has become the new (gaslighting) euphemism for ‘racist’. Just substitute the words and you’ll see what I mean.

JerryR

If you lefties don't think socialism is on the left wing agenda, go watch Kamala's YouTube on Equity vs. Equality - total Marxist manifesto BS. Good luck with that. BTW, whoever below said the majority of the American populace wanted change to the Presidency is wrong, it was touch over half that wanted that change...and the counting continues.

NewMarketParent

@JerryR

We will start to listen to you on the 13th of never. I would tell you where to stick your opinion, but we can all smell that your opinions originated there so I guess I will tell you to recycle.

public-redux

Is “over half” not a majority? Let’s say the Senate winds up with Republicans holding 51 of the 100 seats. You seem to be suggesting that wouldn’t be a majority.

Hayduke2

You seem to have difficulty grasping the concept of majority. Merriam defines majority as "a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total" or the "greater number." Not arguing from a logical place there JerryR...

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed hay. Majority=(N/2)+1

NewMarketParent

@Hayduke2

JerryR is definitely the type of person to turn 2" into 6.

pdl603

Heal the nation from what? Trump? No, the ravages of the left who couldn’t accept the results of the 2016 election. A couple of thoughts. 1. AG Barr should appoint a special counsel to investigate Bidenz financial dealings. 2. Fire Director Wray. 3. Fire Director Haspel. 4. Declassify all documents relating to Russiagate. 5. Pardon General Flynn. 6. Pardon Manaforte. 7. Pardon Stone. 8 Release the Durham report. That go along way to healing the nation.

Hayduke2

Too funny pdl. The 2016 election put the man in the WH who CAUSED all of your so called ravages. Face it. Don't worry, he will pardon ( and already has a few ) all of those you mentioned. Find your safe space.

Dwasserba

Exhibit A of the breathtaking chasm. What human could reconcile this.

NewMarketParent

@Dwasserba

Just remember that propaganda works. If it didn't, advertisers would close up shop. It just so happens that Faux News and Breitbart realized an untapped market in destroying our Democracy for personal gain by peddling half-truths and lies marketed as 'Modern Conservatism'. Fueled by the real life Gordon Geckos and foreign influence of actors who would love to see our country's influence on the world stage greatly diminished. They know and realize that the Kryptonite of the US is racism and have sought to use it as the wedge to split us apart.

What's insanely crazy about all this is that the owner of the network where that modern conservatism and doublespeak originate is not native-born citizen of this country. He is Australian. The irony that the network that encourages its viewers to other foreigners is owned by a foreigner.

phydeaux994

The Republicans have perfected the tactic of pounding out the misinformation and the same lies 24/7/365. And it works. Whether the “Death Panels” during the ACA Debate or “Socialism” and “no borders” and “soft on crime” and “Conspiracy Theories” during Trump’s 5 year campaign for President and re-election. The unEducated and the deplorable’s unfortunately seem to be susceptible to these crude FEAR tactics. An opponent with absolutely no limits on “Dirty Tricks”, or worse, present a tough fight to do the Right Thing, as we are experiencing as we speak. We just have to keep chipping away at those attitudes and beliefs that many in America still hold. And there is hope, a RED Frederick County turned BLUE on November 3, 2020!!!🇺🇸✌️👍

PurplePickles aka L&M

@pdl603

You remind of a toddler throwing a tantrum much like the tantrums the orange has everyday. Do you ever read Huffington Post? (yeah I know you don't) They will do stories about tweets, you know like funny parenting tweets ect.

Well today they a have 45 Parenting Tweets That Find The Humor In Tantrums, here are few that remind me of you:

"My daughter isn’t even sure why she’s throwing a tantrum but she’s pretty sure it will help."

Like an actor phoning it in, only it’s my toddler throwing a half a$$ed tantrum. Her heart’s not really in it, but she’s contractually obligated to have a certain number per day so here we are.

I'm all for letting my kids be who they want to be.

And my 3 year-old just had a tantrum about the cheese on his pizza being "too melted," so apparently his dream is to be my least favorite child.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/funny-tantrum-tweets-parents_l_5fa0620dc5b6befb90915c5a

bosco

Reich sez....."But Donald Trump still has not conceded, and some leading Republicans say he shouldn’t."......... Didn't Hillary say publicly that Biden should not concede "no matter what"? Where was Reich then?

Shouldn't all legally cast votes be counted? Failure to do so is voter suppression.

The election has yet to be certified, although the press seems to think they are authorized to decide the winner.

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threecents

Yes, the count should continue, but enough legally cast votes have been counted to determine who the winner is. The margin should increase, as there are still a lot of votes from New York and California that have not been counted. Those won't effect the outcome, because some votes are apparently not as important as others, but as you say, every legally cast vote should be counted. As for what Hillary said, I don't know or care what she said.

Blueline

The funniest thing Hillary ever said was "... it's been proven, that people who have health care don't die."

Dwasserba

Yeah. Sharp as a tack with an edge to her personality and considerable wit. How do we know this? She is so.scary.even.years.later

bosco

She's especially scary when she bugs her eyes out like Shifty Schiff. [scared][ninja]

awteam2000

Blueline, what Hillary said has what to do with Trump losing by 5 million votes?🤷‍♂️

Blueline

awteam - a little levity for masses. Don't you have a sense of humor?

pdl603

Exactly. When did the press have the power to anoint the president? Count all the legal votes, then let us see who the president is. Until then Bidenz is not my president.

shiftless88

apparently, pdl, you do not understand math

threecents

Pdl disputes math. Math was probably never kind to him, so why should he respect it?

NewMarketParent

@threecents

I find this all fascinating as PDL, I am sure uses devices built on the math that he does not believe in.

awteam2000

Trump lost by 5 million votes and 306 in the electoral college. That’s a landslide. Not the landslide many commenters were predicting. Just the opposite. Right? 🤷‍♂️

NewMarketParent

@PDL

No one cares about what you think. Biden doesn't have to be your president. You can either roll or get rolled over.

History and the rest of us will keep moving and you can stay stuck in mud forever. Good luck with that.

NewMarketParent

@Reek

No one has suggested that all votes shouldn't be counted except for your side. They wanted to stop counting before the mail in votes could tip the balance of the election against them. It is/was absolutely disgusting and history will not be kind.

All anyone has asked is for the same norms that have existed be followed, but your side is constantly destroying the norms that they want everyone else to observe for them. All you have this point is innuendo and a handful of poo to sling. Sling away and when you see that all you are left with is a empty poo-hand, roll up your sleeves and get back to work with the rest of us on the hard work of being a country and getting over this pandemic together.

P.S. Please wash your hands first.

Blueline

@NMP - why do you call Bosco "Reek?" Is his personal hygiene not up to standards, or is it something else? Thanks.

bosco

Blueline.......have you noticed that I ignore anything that the New Market Parent and the Purple Pickle post? I just scroll right on by. Not worth reading and certainly not worth responding to.

It's a beautiful day and time to enjoy it.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@EricTrump/Stimpy

I saw this story in the Onion and it reminded me of you. You may not respond to our posts (and we really don't care if you do) but you read our posts and that's all that matters..lol

WASHINGTON—Following Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election, a crying Eric Trump reportedly asked his father Friday if they were poor now. “Daddy, I’m scared. Are we all out of money now that you’re not president no more?” asked Eric, 36, wiping away tears and snot from his face as he struggled to shatter his Minecraft piggy bank. “I have six paper money and a whole handful of these metal circles, hopefully that can help. Do me and Don Jr. have to get jobs now? I don’t want to be poor and smelly, but I don’t even know how to work. Being rich was the best ever and I don’t want it to stop.” At press time, a famished Eric Trump was sobbing while attempting to cut a leather shoe with a knife and fork.

https://www.theonion.com/crying-eric-trump-asks-father-if-they-poor-now-1845595787

NewMarketParent

@Blueline

Because bosco, aka Reek has several times claimed to be representative of a person of color. The problem is that either he is a liar (pretty likely) or if you are familiar with GOT, he is 'Reek'.

He very often capes for white supremacey in his posts and comments. I have found him disingenuous most of the time and someone who operates in bad faith in others. He has decided to talk past me because he has grown wary of getting dunked on.

I too wouldn't be happy if my talking points are shown to be factually wrong time and time again.

Hayduke2

And yet you didn't ignore it Bosco..

threecents

Is Reek a character in Game of Thrones? I have never watched it. (Too adult for me)

NewMarketParent

@threecents

Yes. Reek is a character from GOT. Originally his name in the series is Theon Greyjoy. In the series, he pledges his loyalty to Robb Stark, but ultimately betrays him. He is taken prisoner by Ramsay Snow and tortured to the point of being forced to accept a new name 'Reek'. He is also castrated by Ramsay. Eventually, he redeems himself but only at the very end of his life.

https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Theon_Greyjoy

NewMarketParent

@Reek

From the WAPO today:

Republican ex-Justice Department officials rebuke Drumpf, Barr

By Tom Hamburger

Prominent GOP veterans of the Justice Department rebuked Drumpf and Barr in a Tuesday morning statement for suggesting there may be substantial voter fraud to be investigated. The statement was signed by former officials, including Ken Wainstein, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, and Don Ayer, who was a deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

That's your side.....

Dwasserba

Barr is ruining his legacy. Mystifying.

NewMarketParent

@Dwasserba

Barr has no good legacy to speak of. Typically legacies deal with leaving an institution in a state to be successful after you leave it. None of that going on there.

Can't ruin a legacy if you never had a legacy *insert tapping head meme here*.

Hayduke2

Agree Bosco, count every vote. Wait, that's exactly what they are doing. Did you attend Rudy's press conference at the four seasons?

NewMarketParent

@Hayduke2

I am so getting a Four Seasons Total Lawn Care T-shirt.

public-redux

The owners are on the ball. They immediately got some merch to capitalize on their 15 minutes. “Lawn & Order”. “Make America Rake Again”

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

You may enjoy this article? I know I did..

An Interview With the Owner of the Sex Shop Next to Four Seasons Landscaping

“I was pretty much in awe of the funniness of the whole situation.”

https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/11/interview-fantasy-island-sex-shop-four-seasons-landscaping-philadelphia.html?via=taps_bottom

Hayduke2

Too funny public...

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

I feel like it is as if the writers of 'Arrested Development' wrote this episode of 'The West Wing'.

If it wasn't so incredibly serious, it would be funny.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Spot on, I know what shows I’m going to watch next, they are both on Netflix. I appreciate your suggestions.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

I don't mean to not be serious, but I just cannot help not finding humor in things. I've always had that problem, been told many times I don't take things serious enough. Anyway I just watched The Office episode where Jim Sells Dwight Magic Beans At The Garage Sale.

I feel like Trump has been able to trick his followers into trading their common sense and critical thinking skills for Magic Beans that do nothing.

It is scary how Trump seems to using these shows as guidance for how to do things.

Jim was able to trick Dwight into purchasing magic beans at the office garage sale. Jim was fully aware that the beans were not magical in any way, but he was somehow able to trick Dwight into thinking that they were. Dwight fell for it, and Jim continued the prank after the bean sale.

https://www.thethings.com/the-office-every-jim-prank-ranked/

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

We are all getting through this with a combination of alcohol and laughter. The part of it that is absolutely terrifying is that there is a large portion of the population that attempts to paint this s-show as having any part of legitimacy and furthermore believes that this outgoing, 3-ring-circus was somehow smart rather than capitalizing and leveraging foreign-amplified racist propaganda.

Those same people that bought into this s-show, outgoing administration routinely will go around and threaten and demean our fellow countrymen and seek to block the path to citizenship that many of their ancestors took to become American. It is completely disgusting.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Laughter and alcohol indeed, but I use something other than alcohol, but you have to type alcohol because it’s legal.

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

In a Biden administration, that too should continue to be decriminalized. I really hope some of the conservatives here indulge because it really is great at helping with their anxiety. I can't help but imagine that someone could toke and see the humor in Faux News ridiculousness and the hyper doom and gloom machine that it is.

There is a lot of really good research coming out about LSD and its effect on PTSD. It seems really promising.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

I know right, can you imagine Butch’s posts if he would indulge once in awhile? Did you hear what they did In Oregon? Very interesting.

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

There has only ever been one real goal in the war on drugs. That was to target the hippies and the negroes. That's all it ever was and every attempt to legalize is an step towards equity.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/books/chap1/smoke.htm

Excerpt:

So Brownell was delighted that the media were inflating the story by melding the tiny "hard drug" herein threat with the widespread "soft drug".marijuana craze. Marijuana, Brownell knew, was a perfect focus for the anger against the antiwar counterculture that Nixon shared with "his people." Brownell dug out a-recent clip from Newsweek: "Whether picketing on campus or parading barefoot in hippie regalia, the younger generation seems to be telling [the middle-class American] that his way of life is corrupt, his goals worthless and his treasured institutions doomed. Logically enough, a good many middle-class-citizens tend to-resent the message."in an article Brownell might have penned himself, Newsweek identified the targets of that middle-class resentment this way: "The incendiary black militant and the welfare mother, the hedonistic hippie and the campus revolutionary." The young, the poor, and the black. Nixon couldn't make it illegal to be young, poor, or black, but he could crack down hard on the illegal drug identified with the counterculture.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

As you probably can tell I am a Hippie so yeah, now you know why we Hippies laughed at Nancy Reagan’s Just Say No campaign, it was stupid, but it caused so many bad things to happen, remember the 2nd Kingman movie? Elton John was in that movie and he was funny!

bosco

Missed the big Four Season event. I was busy with my own lawncare operations at Bosco Manor. [ninja]

public-redux

You would have liked it. They read that entire manifesto you keep raving about.

Dwasserba

Hillary is entitled to an opinion but no more than anyone else. Doesn't mean Joe wouldn't have conceded.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Stimpy...

Here's a few tweets that reminded me of you from Huffington Post

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/funny-tantrum-tweets-parents_l_5fa0620dc5b6befb90915c5a

In case you were on the fence about having kids, my 3-year-old threw a temper tantrum because her tongue is pink.

Son: dad what does tantrum mean?

Me: tantrum is when you feel so upset that you scream, cry, and act completely uncontrollable.

Son: I like tantrums!

Me: *losing hair in patches* I know you do.

Maybe stop throwing tantrums now okay?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Eric Trump/Stimpy

I forgot to add that just because you see daddy throwing tantrums doesn’t mean you need to, also isn’t it a tad embarrassing to still be throwing tantrums at your age?

awteam2000

Who cares if Trump concedes? That’s what people of character do. I personally would like to see him dragged out of the White House.

DickD

Bush was not a good POTUS, yet he is gracious in acknowledging Bidenwin.

Dwasserba

Now I'm feeling nostalgic for mediocrity with class. Who knew that was special. Sniff

NewMarketParent

@Dwasserba

If nothing else, it is familiar.

This incompetent and classless is a whole 'nother level.

micky

I never heard "heal the nation" when Trump was elected. All I heard was Russia, Russia, Russia, and the writer helped lead the charge !!

NewMarketParent

@micky

You will still hear it now. But, what you will see is bad actors either getting locked up or fleeing there as a fully-functioning DOJ is realized once again.

bnick467

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Sunday that Trump shouldn’t concede because “if Republicans don’t challenge and change the U.S. election system, there will never be another Republican president elected again.”

Even the Republicans recognize that the will of the American people is against them. Their desire to "fix" the system is to make it harder for citizens in traditionally Democratic areas to vote. David Frum said it best-- "If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism, they will abandon democracy”

threecents

Remember when Graham used to truthfully trash Trump? I wonder what pathology warped him? With Trump we know his issues. It is interesting that once great people have taken ill under Trump. Giuliani comes to mind, as he is a drunken cartoon of his former self. He reminds of Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings". Trump seems to have some deplorable power to ruin minds.

NewMarketParent

@threecents

The kompromat is strong with that one. Always remember that both sides were hacked prior to the last election, but only one side had their info released. The other side was way too valuable and juicy to release. It will be, eventually, but only after the bad actors have served their usefulness to the Russians.

threecents

I try to look for silver linings, and the one for Trump and Co is the entertainment value they provide.

Dwasserba

I'm wondering what history will make of it. We've had chapters before that seem stranger than fiction.

NewMarketParent

@Dwasserba

Just remember that the real history will be written for the next generation and the truth will finally eek out in 10-15 years.

We will all understand how close to fascism we have come/came. Seems like ~83 million Americans understood and answered the call.

NewMarketParent

@bnick467

Exactly.

They are only interested in Democracy when it works for them. We have had to deal with the destruction of institutions for the last 4 years through attrition with loyalists rather than competent leadership. Corruption should be scared. If the only way you could previously win is suppression of the other side, then you aren't in a Democracy.

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