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After Insisting for Months Election Is ‘Rigged’ Trump Now Using Courts to Try to Block Recounts

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‘People Are Going to Walk in and They’re Going to Vote 10 Times, Maybe, Who Knows?’ Trump Said in August

After spending a significant portion of the 2016 presidential campaign insisting the election is “rigged,” and alleging massive voter fraud well before Election Day, Donald Trump is now deploying his legal team to two states, using the court system in an attempt to block recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

“November 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged,” Trump told Ohio supporters on August 1. “People are going to walk in and they’re going to vote 10 times, maybe, who knows?”

“I’m telling you, November 8, we better be careful because that election is going to be rigged and I hope the Republicans are watching closely, or it’s going to be taken away from us,” candidate Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity later that evening, as PolitiFact observed.

ABC News in October reported Trump told supporters during just one weekend the election is rigged “more than 20 times“:

But right now, lawyers for Trump are in court, insisting Green Party leader Jill Stein’s perfectly legal recount effort in Pennsylvania should be stopped dead, Politico reports.

“There is no evidence — or even an allegation — that any tampering with Pennsylvania’s voting systems actually occurred,” Trump’s court complaint states.

In Michigan, Trump’s attorneys are calling Stein’s recount efforts a “farce” that will trigger “constitutional chaos,” and “lawless, insulting,” as The Huffington Post reports.

“Simply put, Michigan should not grant this lawless, insulting request,” the complaint, filed with the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, states, “and its voters should not risk having the Electoral College door knocked off its hinges, all because a 1-percent candidate is dissatisfied with the election’s outcome,” Trump’s lawyers say, referring to Stein.

Trump attorneys describe Stein in the Michigan document as a “bottom-dwelling candidate.”

Meanwhile, the most recent election tally shows Hillary Clinton beat Trump by more than 2.5 million votes.  

UPDATE:
Breaking: Two Trump Super PACs File Federal Court Lawsuit to Block ‘Unconstitutional’ Wisconsin Recount
Breaking: Michigan Attorney General Asks State Supreme Court to Block Recount to Protect Voters’ ‘Voice’

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‘Snooze Fest’: Internet Mocks Trump’s ‘Extremely Boring’ and ‘Low Energy’ CPAC Speech

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White Nationalist One-Term Twice-Impeached Former US President Speaks to Right Wing Group From Nazi-Inspired Stage

For the first time since he incited an insurrection last month the disgraced former American president, Donald Trump, on Sunday delivered what many are calling a “low-energy” and “extremely boring” speech to attendees of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Orlando, Florida late Sunday afternoon.

The ex-president, who started his speech 100 minutes late, looked and sounded far older than he did on January 6, attacking President Joe Biden and insisting that his five weeks performance should be enough for “Democrats to lose the White House” in 2024.

“Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House,” Trump told supporters, adding: “I may even decide to beat them for a third time, who knows?”

The crowd, a mostly over-50 group of white Americans, roared, even though Trump has won only one election, and never the popular vote.

Trump’s speech was very similar to his past stump speeches, filled with racism, white nationalism, and lies about his opponents and the 2020 election that he lost – which he continues to refuse to admit. The “fake news” media, transgender people, and NIH Director Dr. Anthony Fauci were also the target of his attacks.

He also tried to re-instill the perceived victimization of conservatives that fueled his presidency, claiming for example that Americans will no longer be able to hire attorneys because undocumented immigrants are taking them all away from U.S. citizens, which is a lie.

Other lies included that wind energy is bad for the environment,

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'POLICY WASTELAND'

Trump Has Left Behind a Republican Party Almost as ‘Toxic’ as He Is: GOP Adviser

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump may no longer be president but the Republican Party he left behind has been damaged to the point where it has almost become as “toxic” as he is to voters, according to one former top aide to a Republican senator.

As the report notes, high-profile members of the Republican party are still pushing Trump’s “Big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from him and have made that their focus going forward in lieu of proposing new policies that would allow them to win back the White House and both chambers on Congress.

Writing for Politico, David Siders explained, “Nearly four months after the election and one month into Joe Biden’s presidency, the politics of grievance has become the near-singular organizing principle of the post-Trump GOP. And whether at CPAC or in statehouses across the country, policy prescriptions for restoring so-called voter integrity have emerged as the primary focus of the party’s energy.”

That focus on stopping people from voting could blow up in their faces, but worse still, it means they have no other message for voters other than the fact that they are lingering on Trump’s loss.

Benjamin Ginsberg, a conservative election lawyer asked, “Tell me what the innovative Republican policies have been of late?” before adding it is “probably a sign that the Republican Party is mired in a bit of a policy wasteland and doesn’t know which way to turn to get out.”

According to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who served in President George W. Bush’s administration, there is no evidence of widespread election fraud and Republicans harping on it is, “a big distraction. And I worry that it will continue to be a big distraction as long as a certain individual makes statements that it was stolen.”

Former Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) adviser Kevin Madden was a bit more blunt in his assessment.

“It is a party that has been fashioned in the mold of Trump — Trump’s message, Trump’s tactics — and it is perfectly comfortable being a party that is defined by what it’s against,” he explained before adding, “… you become almost toxic as a party brand to larger, growing parts of the electorate. … The limitation of a message and a platform that’s just about disagreeing with the opposition is that it doesn’t speak to the broader concerns or anxieties of a big part of the electorate.”

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Matt Schlapp Lashes Out at Critics of CPAC’s Nazi Symbol Stage Design

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The head of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Saturday attacked critics noting CPAC’s stage looks like a Nazi symbol.

Matt Schlapp made his denial after “Nazi” trended nationwide on Twitter as users discussed the stage looking like an Odal rune symbol.

Schlapp, however, did not apologize. Instead he said, “stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous.”

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