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The GOP has a decision to make: It's either Trump or America

November 7, 2020 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

President-elect Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election as President Donald Trump and his campaign prepare to wage war on multiple states over the election results. Now, the leaders of the Republican Party have a critical decision to make: either fight to save Trump or fight to save America and uphold its democracy.

Despite the election being called, Trump is still posting dangerous tweets to undermine the results of the election. In fact, as the Associated Press and major television networks announced Biden’s victory, Trump tweeted that he “won this election by a lot.”

Instead of correcting the president and distancing from his dangerous rhetoric, many current Republican lawmakers have failed to push back. In fact, some have even continued to enable the president while enabling his efforts.

On the other side of the spectrum, many former Republican lawmakers have pushed back. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), former Wisconsin Gov. Rick Scott (R), and veteran GOP lawyer Ben Ginsberg have all condemned the president’s post-election behavior and rhetoric. Ginsberg also wrote a scathing op-ed for the Washington Post where he deeply criticized the president for his actions.

According to Ginsberg, the Trump-led Republican Party has “engaged in more than 40 voting and ballot court cases around the country this year. In exactly none — zero — are they trying to make it easier for citizens to vote. In many, they are seeking to erect barriers.”

He went on to explain the real problem Republicans have with mail-in voting which centers on “demographic changes” which threaten to make their party a fading minority.

“This is not about finding fraud and irregularities,” Ginsberg wrote. “It’s about suppressing the number of votes not cast for Trump.” He also warned that Republicans’ strategy of embracing voter suppression places the political party “on the wrong side of demographic changes in this country that threaten to make the GOP a permanent minority.”

At this point, many have urged the Republican Party to view the 2020 presidential election as a guide to repairing the political party. However, if they choose to save Trump, it could cost them what is left of their party.

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Georgia turning blue is proof that these activists are chipping away at the Republican South

November 7, 2020 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Stacey Abrams is at the center of the blue wave sweeping the South and many have praised the former gubernatorial candidate for her involvement in turning Georgia blue.

On Friday morning, Americans awoke to a bit of a surprise when it was confirmed that then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

So what influenced the massive Democratic voter turnout? Abrams’ organization Fair Fight registered more than 800,000 voters in the state of Georgia sparking a blue movement comprised of an array of voters, including many first-time voters. Many have also weighed in with their reaction to voting for the first time.

I didn’t think it mattered,” said first time voter, Ryan Lynch. The 41-year-old admitted that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus motivated him to cast his vote in this critical presidential election.

“For me to get out here and vote, you know it’s serious. We need some kind of change. Not even change but somebody that cares,” said Lynch, who is Black and voted Democrat straight down the ticket. “I don’t even know if my vote is going to make a difference, but you know what, I’m going to go see.”

This election is the first time Georgia has voted in favor of a Democratic president since 1992 when former President Bill Clinton was elected for his first term. Although Georgia is headed for a recount, the 2020 election shift also signals a bigger change in the political landscape of the country.

For several elections, the Republican Party has viewed the state of Georgia as a reliable component for their political support system. But this type of pivotal change could be the beginning of a sweep that could move further into the southern region of the United States.

“The south for a generation has been the base on which the Republican party builds. If Democrats can start chipping away at Republican hegemony in the south then they make their path to the White House and controlling Congress much easier,” said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. “For years, Florida has been the beauty queen of toss-up states. We don’t have as many electoral college votes to bestow upon our suitor but it seems like we are more competitive.”

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Joe Biden projected to win the 2020 presidential race after pulling ahead of Trump in crucial states

November 7, 2020 in Blogs

By Eric W. Dolan

Joe Biden is now projected to win the 2020 presidential race after surging ahead in key swing states. MSNBC and CNN have both called the race for the Democratic candidate.

The Rust Belt states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania proved to be crucial in the 2020 election, after Biden flipped Arizona and Trump was projected to win the states of Florida and Texas.

Biden also picked up an Electoral College vote in a Nebraska congressional district. In 2016, Trump won all five of Nebraska’s electoral votes.

Fueling fears of a constitutional crisis, Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning and threatened to demand the intervention of the Supreme Court to stop vote-counting but it continued nonetheless.

“We did win this election,” the 74-year-old president told cheering supporters in the East Room of the White House before the final vote tallies were complete. “This is a fraud on the American public.”

The Biden campaign slammed Trump’s victory claim as “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect” and a “naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.”

“The counting will not stop. It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted,” it said. “If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.”

The tight White House race and recriminations evoked memories of the 2000 election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.

The Bush vs Gore race, which rested on a handful of votes in Florida, eventually ended up in the Supreme Court, which halted a recount while Bush was ahead.

A deluge of mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the vote count in some states this year, several of which only began counting mail-in ballots on Tuesday.

Record turnout

The US Elections Project estimated total turnout at a record 160 million voters including more than 101.1 early voters, 65.2 million of whom voted by mail.

In an election that took cast under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 230,000 lives in the United States, Trump appeared to have avoided a Democratic wave predicted by some polls.

But it remained unclear early Wednesday morning which candidate would capture the 270 votes needed for victory in the Electoral College that determines the winner of the …read more

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How long will the election results take? Here's the answer to the question everyone has been asking

November 7, 2020 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Election Day was four days ago and the Decision Desks have yet to declare a winner despite Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading in all of the key swing states still counting mail-in ballots. Now, after an exhausting post-election period, most Americans are asking the same questions: when will a winner be declared?

By Friday evening, the Associated Press and multiple television networks were criticized for failing to declare a winner despite obvious indications of who the winner is. In the final states where ballot-counting is taking place, Biden is winning by substantial margins.

Even in Georgia, Biden’s narrow lead has expanded which also signals that Trump will likely lose the state despite his demand for a recount.

Jon Ralston, editor of The Nevada Independent and a veteran of Nevada politics, surveyed his state’s results and took to Twitter with his own analysis. According to Ralston, the answer is simple. He tweeted, “It is over” as Biden’s lead continued to expand in Nevada.

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver also weighed in as he expressed concern about the failure to declare a winner. Silver argued that the decision appears to be a form of “misinformation” in itself.

“I don’t know, but it sure seems to me like not calling the race when the outcome is obvious in states like PA and NV gives the president more time to spout misinformation,” Silver said.

So why is the final call taking so long? According to Politico, the next call would likely send Biden over the 270 threshold and declare him the President-elect of the United States. Although the vast majority of votes have been tabulated and it appears to be highly favorable for Biden, no network wants to fathom the possible nightmare of having to retract their predictions.

Not only would it be harmful for the reputation of a news outlet or state, it would also give President Donald Trump ammunition to sow more seeds of doubt regarding the United States’ election systems.

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Health agencies push back against Trump's flawed civil service executive order

November 7, 2020 in Blogs

By Meaghan Ellis

Heightened concerns and uncertainty loom within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order which would make it easier for the White House to fire federal employees.

For weeks, there has been speculation about the possibility of the White House planning a “purge” to sever its ties with senior officials seen as disloyal or not in agreement with Trump’s governing. The order, issued by the Trump administration on October 21, aimed to dismantle long-established “civil service and due process policies that protest career federal employees who create government policies.

According to Politico, FDA officials view Trump’s effort as “laying the groundwork for an across-the-board effort to replace longtime career scientists with political allies in a second Trump term.”

Over the last several months, FDA officials and White House aides have been at odds due to differences in opinion regarding how the coronavirus pandemic should be handled. Many of the federal agency’s top officials, including includes Patrizia Cavazzoni, the acting head of the FDA’s drug center, have even voiced their concerns to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

“There’s a legitimately palpable fear this could be wielded as a weapon to nix everyone,” the FDA official said of the executive order. “They see this as an opportunity to round up all the scientists who have been perceived to have been causing an obstruction.”

Hahn, however, has reportedly indicated that “if the agency is forced to comply with the order, he’ll rely solely on his six center directors to determine which career civil servants are covered by it — a move seen within the FDA as a tacit endorsement of keeping the agency’s list as short as possible.”

With the executive order, there have been regarding who all would be impacted by the order. Since Dr. Anthony Fauci has been on Trump’s firing radar for quite sometime, there have been concerns regarding how the order could affect him. However, Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, confirmed Fauci would not be targeted under the order—for now.

“The targeted population isn’t the Dr. Faucis of the world, it’s the people who provide him with information, who write the reports, who analyze the studies and conduct the studies and who keep people like him informed and political appointees informed,” said Simon.

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