Several true but easy conclusions suggest themselves regarding two stories out this week about the Trump campaign’s attempts to overturn last year’s presidential election. Rather than just look backward, though, let’s focus forward toward a cure.
Sep 23, 2021
The cure would be one that everybody on the political spectrum should agree on, even if details remain to be worked out. The cure is to reform the Electoral Count Act, which is written in an absurdly confusing fashion and has always been of questionable constitutionality.
Before explaining why the ECA needs a complete overhaul, consider the two new stories. First, the New York Times reported the Trump campaign already knew it was hogwash when it held a press conference alleging a voting machine company worked with radical financier George Soros and communist Venezuela to steal the presidential contest. The campaign pushed the conspiracy theory anyway. The obvious goal was to create confusion and distrust widespread enough that former President Donald Trump could convince state legislatures, or eventually the vice president, to somehow overturn the election results.
When legislatures didn’t comply, Trump turned his fire on his own vice president, Mike Pence. The second new story shows the lengths to which the president and a heretofore respected attorney went to convince Pence, on his own authority, to reject the outcome determined by 158,383,403 voters.
Read More: Washington Examiner – Two new reports of Trump cheating attempts show why the ‘Electoral Count Act’ needs an overhaul