Posts Tagged ‘2020 Election’

July 8th, 2024 - 4:46 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics

What is “democratic recovery” and how does it work?

The phrase was coined by Prof. Corey Brettschneider of Brown University (photo, left; see his C.V. here), who studies past presidents who “posed great threats to democracy” and wrote a book on that subject (get it here). His idea is that pushback by citizens can, and did, rein in rogue president[...]

June 6th, 2024 - 5:17 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts

White House or Big House?

I recall there were predictions that if Trump lost the 2020 election, he would “spend the rest of his life in court.” This could explain his desperation to overturn that election, and also why he’s running again in 2024. After all, Trump isn’t known for being motivated by ide[...]

May 31st, 2024 - 8:17 pm § in Politics

“2000 Mules” conspiracy film pulled from circulation

2000 Mules, a debunked propaganda film falsely alleging ballot box stuffing in the 2020 election, has been pulled from circulation by its publisher and a companion book will not be published (read story here). Its creator, Dinesh D’Souza, is an ex-felon. He was convicted of making illegal camp[...]

May 30th, 2024 - 12:53 am § in Law and Courts, Republicans

Best and worst fake elector defenses

“Eighty-four Republicans in seven states falsely claimed to be Donald Trump’s presidential electors in December 2020. Three and a half years later, dozens of them are facing criminal charges,” Politico said (here) on May 11, 2024. “Dozens of others have not been charged at all.&#[...]

May 28th, 2024 - 9:40 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts

Trump attorney gets 3-year license suspension for election lies

Jenna Ellis (hilariously ironic photo at left), a member of Trump’s squad of liars after the 2020 election, has been suspended from practicing law for three years (read story here). The action was taken by the Colorado bar association after Ellis pleaded guilty in Georgia to a felony charge of[...]

May 24th, 2024 - 10:11 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Capitol rioter gets 12 years from Trump-appointed judge

Federal Judge Trevor McFadden (bio here), a Trump appointee, sentenced Christopher Quaglin (photo, left), a New Jersey electrician, to 12 years in prison for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection. Quaglin didn’t help himself by mouthing off to the judge and expressin[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 1:02 am § in Law and Courts

Are you safe if the sheriff is crazy?

Calvin Hayden (photo, left) is a Kansas sheriff, the chief law enforcement officer of Johnson County. That county is no backwater. It’s part of the Kansas City metro area, and Kansas’ most heavily populated county. Its sheriff’s department employs nearly 500 deputies. But the sheri[...]

June 20th, 2023 - 7:54 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

John Eastman’s disbarment hearing begins

He’s the Trump lawyer behind the fake electors scheme and author of the so-called “coup memo” (details here). That got him fired from a teaching job at a Colorado law school; and now the state bar of California, where he’s licensed and has a practice, is seeking to disbar him[...]

June 14th, 2023 - 1:50 am § in Politics, Republicans

Kari Lake doesn’t know history

Kari Lake, who lost a race for Arizona governor in 2022, partly because 30,000 Republicans voted against her (see details here), is one of America’s most strident election deniers after Trump himself. A British reporter for Australia’s Sky News who disputed her assertion that American el[...]

May 26th, 2023 - 3:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Oath Keepers sentences

Leading figures in the Oath Keepers, a rightwing paramilitary group (details here), are getting the longest Capitol riot sentences so far. It seems pretty clear federal courts consider the group revolutionaries. But their sentences for Jan. 6 crimes also reflect judges’ reaction to advance pla[...]