The president and his minions seem pretty invested in the idea that the election was stolen. They are filing lawsuits, making public comments, and ostensibly raising money to fuel their legal battles. Yet, the behavior of the president belies this belief and certainly flies in the face of this investment.
I’ve never been president, but there are two things I know. First, if I believed I were the rightful president after a fraudulent election I would be summoning all of my forces and all of my men to fight this. I wouldn’t rest until we found the evidence needed to get everything overturned. After all, we are on a time crunch here. The electors for the electoral college vote in mid December.
The second thing I know is that I would govern. If I felt I were the rightful leader of the country then I would act like I was the leader of the country. I’d propose bold new iniatives that normally would take weeks or months to complete because I would firmly believe that I have weeks and months to complete them. You project confidence whenever you can.
Except, the president is doing neither of those things. He has virtually cancelled his public schedule. He hasn’t called any emergency meetings or tapped any experts to help with this endeavor. On the Saturday the election was called (which was a foregone conclusion) he was playing golf. What did he do the next day when he knew what had happened? He played more golf.
Yesterday, thousands of MAGA folks descended on Washington D.C. to protest the election results. He was there. Did he speak to inspire the crowd? Of course not. He went to play more golf. I love golf. I was on the golf team in high school. I used to play in tournaments in the summer. Since I left high school, I don’t think there has been any period where I have played as much golf as the president. I admire his dedication to the sport, but I’d imagine there are more productive things he could do with his time.
Of course, this dovetails into the second plank of the paradox. He is doing nothing in terms of governing right now. He isn’t attending daily briefs. He hasn’t been to a virus taskforce meeting in months. He has ignored those briefs as well. The virus rages out of control and he doesn’t care. Congress is out of session, so his work is done.
Those that buy into this conspiracy can’t explain this. They can’t explain why the president has scored a goose egg on his legal challenges so far. They can’t explain why those legal challenges have been so hastily put forth that judges have literally laughed them out of court. They can’t explain how networks like Fox put on witnesses with key evidence that have no evidence at all.
They can’t explain why someone like Dan Patrick offers a million dollars to anyone that has evidence of fraud. Wouldn’t you already have evidence of it? Why would you need to offer a huge reward? The fact that he did this on the heels of a Pennsylvania postal worker that was paid to manufacture evidence is particularly telling. That postal worker was paid nearly 150,000. He didn’t get to keep it of course. He made the “mistake” of telling the truth and admitting that he made it up. What kind of lie would one get for a cool million?
If one is interested in the truth then one vetts those that come forward before throwing them in front of the public. We don’t put someone on the air that seems confused about how long a 24 hour shift is and then reports that people are carrying stuff out of the back of vans. She doesn’t know what it was, but why would they carry stuff out of the back of vans?
We don’t hastily call press conferences next to a crematorium and sex shop to say nothing. We don’t send in lawyers to say that it wasn’t fair only to admit that it was fair. Obviously, when you raise money for a legal defense fund you’d expect that money to actually go to the legal defense fund.
Those peddling the fraud story on behalf of the president are the most pathetic of all. You see them on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Heck, some of them are even journalists or former journalists. It’s truly pathetic. There’s never been any evidence, but that hasn’t stopped anyone. What’s their proof? Trump was winning before he wasn’t. The absentee ballots went Biden’s way. Considering how long Trump spent dogging mail in balloting we can’t be surprised with either result. We can’t be surprised that more of those votes went to Biden and we can’t be surprised that his followers would call it fraud.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc is a famous fallacy that states that since event B follows event A then event A must have caused event B. So, since the president asserted there would be fraud because of all of the mail in ballots then the fact that he lost was caused by the obvious fraud he predicted. That’s all they got. That’s all they will ever have. The fact that the president is acting like he lost is more proof that this is all just a sham.