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Lindsey Graham says he’ll accept Supreme Court choosing president

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“At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday, Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would accept whatever decision the Supreme Court decided if the election results reached that point,” NBC News reported.

“Bottom line is whatever the court decides I will accept,” Graham said on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

Trump is demanding that mail ballots not be counted, and has talked about contesting the election in the Partisan Supreme Court if he loses. Responding to growing public concerns about a peaceful transition, Trump said on Wednesday, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful ― there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”

Trump and Graham assume the Partisan Supreme Court would ignore the voters and give the election to Trump — even if Biden clearly won. This could occur, for example, by Republican-controlled legislatures substituting Trump electors for the electors chosen by the voters. (This may actually be legal in some swing states, as the Constitution and laws are written right now.) Their plan is the Supreme Court would then decide which electoral votes count (Trump’s, of course), even though the Constitution clearly gives that power solely to the House of Representatives.

The illegitimacy of this, of course, would be aggravated by the fact the judges who gave Trump the election were appointed by Trump.

If the Partisan Supreme Court didn’t decide in Trump’s favor, then Graham would pull another Merrick Garland hypocrisy and say the Supreme Court’s decision applies only when his side wins, and argue the Republican-controlled legislatures’ decisions should be final, and change his statement to “whatever the legislature decides I will accept.”

It’s pretty clear at this point that Republicans don’t believe in democracy and are gaming the system so they always win. A potential glitch that is a public who voted them out of power might not be too happy about that. They’re obviously thinking about this, and it’s equally clear what their contingency plan is: Troops, police, armored vehicles, tear gas, clubs, maybe bullets.

They might pull it off. After all, how could mere citizens stop them? Suppose they succeed. Then they’ll get to live in a country where they’re hated as all dictators are, a country whose citizens consider the government, police, and laws illegitimate; and that won’t be a pleasant country to live in. Which makes you wonder why they want to live in that kind of country in the first place.

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  1. Mark Adams #
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    There is a possibility that the court will do what should have happened in Gore v. Bush. Punt the issue to Congress. It is possible that Florida could not have certified the election before their electors met. Leading to no votes being cast. That would have meant the House would have chosen the President, and most likely the outcome would have been a Bush presidency. With all these textulists on the court maybe they would properly interpret that the House gets to chuse if no candidate gets to 270. Of course that probably means Trump gets a second term, or some poor sob a unfaithful elector voted for becomes President. President Carrothead!!! At least Republicans and Democrats would be equally outraged, confused, drunk, afraid, ect.



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