Almost nothing that the Trump team has alleged has withstood the slightest scrutiny. In particular, it’s hard to find much that is remotely true in the president’s Twitter feed these days. It is full of already-debunked claims and crackpot conspiracy theories about Dominion voting systems. Over the weekend, he repeated the charge that 1.8 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania were mailed out, yet 2.6 million were ultimately tallied. In a rather elementary error, this compares the number of mail-ballots requested in the primary to the number of ballots counted in the general. A straight apples-to-apples comparison finds that 1.8 million mail-in ballots were requested in the primary and 1.5 million returned, while 3.1 million ballots were requested in the general and 2.6 million returned. (…)
Trump’s most reprehensible tactic has been to attempt, somewhat shamefacedly, to get local Republican officials to block the certification of votes and state legislatures to appoint Trump electors in clear violation of the public will. This has gone nowhere, thanks to the honesty and sense of duty of most of the Republicans involved, but it’s a profoundly undemocratic move that we hope no losing presidential candidate ever even thinks of again.
Chega quer proibir imagens ou vídeos de atuação policial sobre minorias (Jornal Económico):
O presidente do Chega, André Ventura, quer proibir, punindo com pena de prisão, a captura e difusão de imagens ou vídeos de atuação policial, especialmente sobre “grupos étnicos ou raciais minoritários”, através de uma proposta para alterar o Código Penal.
A esta altura do campeonato, penso que, aconteça o que acontecer, eu ganhei a aposta não? Isto é, neste momento tudo o que poderia ainda alterar os resultados (um decisão do Supremo Tribunal, o Congresso rejeitar os eleitores, etc.) cai nas tais alíneas “b) Caso um Supremo Tribunal com uma composição diferente do atual altera, a favor dos Republicanos, um resultado, conta o resultado anunciado na noite eleitoral; c) Caso o resultado de uma votação seja anulado por um órgão que não um tribunal, conta o resultado anunciado na noite eleitoral” (e atenção que o que estava em causa era o voto popular).
Dito isto, o Ricardo Campelo Magalhães ganhou em parte em espírito, porque há indícios de que efetivamente a viragem à esquerda dos Democratas tenha feito com que a sua vitória não tenha sido tão esmagadora como se pensava, e os Republicanos tiverem efetivamente ganhos entre os negros e hispânicos e sobretudo tiveram bons resultados nos «candidatos “down ballot”, i.e., senadores e representantes» (e tinham sido esses pontos a dar origem à conversa).
French government proposes new ban on filming and photographing police, por Thom Dunn, no Boingboing.net.
They Championed Venezuela’s Revolution. They Are Now Its Latest Victims, por Isayen Herrera, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Tibisay Romero e Sheyla Urdaneta, no New York Times:
GÜIRIA, Venezuela — The host of a popular radio show, “The People’s Combat,” had always diligently praised Venezuela’s governing Socialist Party, even as millions sank into penury under its rule. But when acute gasoline shortages paralyzed his remote fishing town this summer, he strayed from the party line.
On his show, the host, lifelong Socialist José Carmelo Bislick, accused local party chiefs of siphoning fuel, leaving most people queuing for days outside empty gasoline stations.
Just weeks later, on Aug. 17, four masked, armed men burst into Mr. Bislick’s house and told him he had “run the red light,” before beating him in front of his family and hauling him away into the night. He was found dead with gunshot wounds hours later, dressed in his favorite Che Guevara T-shirt. (…)
His death appears to be part of a wave of repression against leftist activists alienated by President Nicolás Maduro, who seems intent on consolidating power in parliamentary elections in December. The vote, boycotted by the opposition as a sham, could bring what used to be one of Latin America’s most established democracies to the verge of being a one-party state.
After having crushed the political parties opposed to his version of socialism, Mr. Maduro’s critics say, he has trained the state’s security apparatus on disillusioned ideological allies, repeating the path taken by leftist autocrats from the Soviet Union to Cuba.
This Was Always the Plan, por Jonah Goldberg (um conservador “never Trump”):
Even liberals frame this fact wrong. They keep saying that Trump is undermining the legitimacy of the election. He is certainly doing that. But the undermining isn’t the end he most desires—it’s the means to that end. The man is literally trying to steal an election.
He may not think—anymore—that this is the most likely outcome. But he certainly thinks it’s one of the possible outcomes, and one of the few things we know about Trump is that he likes to keep his options open. From the reporting, he’s pursuing a bunch of goals, many of which reinforce each other.
Claiming the election was stolen lets him pretend—to himself or the country—that he’s not a loser. Claiming the election was stolen and pretending that he’s not a loser keeps his hardcore fan base with him, which will be good for him no matter what happens. It’s good prep work for some kind of “Trump TV” and/or for a potential bid to run again in 2024—at least in his mind. But he surely also thinks there’s a chance, however slim, that he will actually get to steal the presidency. If this was all just a show, he wouldn’t need to invite Michigan pols to the White House, presumably to strong arm them.
– Let’s Be Clear: Trump Is Attempting A Hostile Takeover (aka a Coup) of the United States, por Cam Woodsum (Need Change)
– No, Trump is not attempting a ‘coup.’ Here’s why the distinction matters., por Erica De Bruin (Washington Post)
– More Kook Than Coup, por James Joyner (Outside the Beltway)
East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, insisting the election has been stolen from President Donald Trump, has urged like-minded supporters to consider “revolution” like the Egyptian uprising seven years ago and colonial America’s revolt against England. (…)
And Gohmert stirred thoughts of revolution by noting that only a minority of American colonists — “only about 30%” — supported a fight for independence. The figure comes from an estimate John Adams made in 1815.
“Only about 30% of the people supported the revolution. And we have our freedom today because of that 30%,” Gohmert said, suggesting that even if Trump supporters who dispute the outcome are vastly outnumbered, they could still impose their will.
He also recalled the uprising in Egypt in 2013, when mass protests led to the ouster of an elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. He was replaced with secular Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, whom Gohmert has compared to the first American president, George Washington.
“One third of the Egyptian people in 2013 went to the streets, all over Egypt” to oust “Obama’s friend the Muslim brother,” Gohmert said. “They turned the country around, and it is not under control of the Muslim Brotherhood any longer.”
Eu primeiro quando vi que um dos exemplos pensei que fosse a revolução de 2011 contra Mubarak, mas afinal ele estava a falar do golpe militar de 2013.