by Sharon Rondeau
(May 25, 2021) – After a busy week of blog posts on his new communications platform, “Desk,” located on his political website, donaldjtrump.com, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump told his audience Tuesday morning to “stay tuned” regarding the 2020 presidential election in which he was ultimately declared the loser to Democrat Joe Biden.
In a post from Monday night, Trump again commented on the ongoing Maricopa County, AZ forensic audit begun over a month ago and resumed Monday morning following a week’s break due to high-school graduation ceremonies taking place in the audit’s venue.
In addition to Arizona and Georgia, where Trump noted that a judge “just granted a motion to unseal and inspect ballots from the 2020 Election,” he predicted that “Michigan, Pennsylvania, and more” states will conduct some type of election review.
“In echo of Arizona, Georgia state judge orders Fulton County to allow local voters to inspect mailed ballots cast last fall,” The Washington Post reported on Friday. Writer Amy Gardner added, “The decision marks the latest instance of a local government being forced to undergo a third-party inspection of its election practices amid baseless accusations promoted by President Donald Trump that fraud flipped the 2020 contest for President Biden.”
On the evening of November 3, 2020, Trump was leading Biden by significant margins in 6-7 “swing” states, only to see those leads evaporate the following morning after what appeared to be large spikes containing hundreds of thousands of votes tabulated primarily for Biden in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia. To date, no elections official has explained what accounted for the “spikes” and whether or not those ballots represented legal voters and were cast in accordance with state law.
Each of the aforementioned states’ governors and secretaries of state certified Biden as the winner of its electoral votes, and on December 14, 2020, those states’ chosen electors cast their votes accordingly.
On January 6, as Vice President Mike Pence opened the joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol to officially tally the electoral votes and began to hear objections from members of the House and Senate, an incursion took place wherein protesters of one sort or another entered the chamber and individual members’ offices. Amid the mayhem, an unarmed Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt, was killed at close range by an unidentified Capitol Police officer who the Justice Department said it will not prosecute.
Trump was widely blamed for the incursion, and the then-sitting president was impeached for a second time during his four-year term for allegedly “inciting insurrection” during his address to hundreds of thousands of supporters that day despite his call to rally “peacefully and patriotically” at the Capitol while the electoral votes were counted.
Although seven Republican senators voted in favor of conviction in February, the necessary two-thirds required to convict was not reached. After the vote was taken, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell remarked that while he did not believe impeachment was the proper remedy for Trump’s actions that day, criminal prosecution might be.
In his post on Monday, Trump asked, “Why aren’t Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans doing anything about what went on in the 2020 Election?”
Trump’s reference on Monday to New Hampshire is to an audit taking place in Windham, where, according to a local report last week, “The first review in the forensic audit of Windham election returns has produced different vote totals than were reported right after the Nov. 3 election. The four Republican candidates for state representative in Windham each got roughly 220 more votes through an audit of automated vote counting machines than reported on Election Day.”
“Mark Lindeman, one of the three-person audit team, urged the volunteers to carefully examine ballots with fold lines in them as the automated voting machines improperly counted some of them as votes,” wrote Kevin Landrigan of The New Hampshire Union Leader.
The audit, Landrigan said, must be completed by May 27, which is Thursday.