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Two processes are still in motion. The one of the elections, which has already been decided; and the one of the legal dispute of the elections, which does not look good for those holding the standard. It is also possible to accompany both, they are not exclusive.
Most of the media have chosen to completely ignore the second process, adhering to the arrogance that the scenario of fraud does not exist, that it is inconceivable. They are the same ones who conspired against the president and tended the carpet to irregularities, by imposing the idea that it was unthinkable, inconceivable, a triumph of Donald Trump. And it turns out that the Republican, if he didn’t win, was quite close.
But it’s irresponsible because, although it doesn’t look good for the president, there are processes going on that should be in the public interest. The obligation of the media is, therefore, to respond to the interest of the citizens. Of everyone. Even those 74 million Americans who have been treated with contempt and arrogance. But they do not. The mainstream structure ignores them, obscenely marginalizing them as if their opinion is worth a quarter of that of those who voted for Biden.
Now, recognizing and accompanying this second process, the dispute does not mean falsifying reality. As painful as it may be for those of us who bet on Donald Trump’s victory, it is necessary to consider the facts: of the fifty lawsuits introduced by the Trump campaign in different states, fifty have been dismissed; the majority of the states certified their results in favor of Joe Biden; and the head of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Bill Barr, a key figure of the White House, discarded the fact that the investigations of federal prosecutors have so far found elements of fraud that were decisive in altering the results of the elections.
The most important person on the Capitol, Republican Mitch McConnell, already speaks about the next administration of Joe Biden and Trump himself endorsed the beginning of the transition protocol by the General Services Administration.
This is not to say that all is lost for Trump and his campaign, of course. It’s pretty naive to take anything for granted this year. But it does mean that Trump’s re-election looks unlikely and remote. And one should write about the probable. The facts, in the end, should guide all analyses. And the facts today suggest that Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday, January 20.
It may be undesirable or terrifying to those of us who treasure freedom, but it seems inevitable. So it’s time to prepare. Put aside efforts for futile causes and invest them in what is essential today for the safeguarding of American institutions: leaving the Senate in the hands of the Republicans. Roger Stone said it: the triumph of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler is vital for Americans who appreciate their institutions, whether Democrats or Republicans.
A lawsuit from Texas, followed by other states, reached the Supreme Court. This gives the Trump campaign a little breathing room. The states being sued, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, have until 3 p.m. Thursday to respond. The plaintiff, the Texas attorney general, argues electoral manipulation from altering the rules of the game. This, of course, violates the Constitution.
I would not dare to say that the lawsuit will prosper. It looks, as I said, unlikely. I think we have to pay a lot of attention to it, to bet that it will be rigidly revised; but to focus on getting the electoral process going as well. And that’s the Senate.
Today the Democratic Party is taken by extremists. This is where the great danger lies. Worse than losing the White House is losing the Senate. It is a privilege that the country cannot afford. An entire Congress in the hands of the Democrats is condemning the United States to decades of irrational drift. The risk of losing the United States as a free country is latent. Trump’s campaign must not neglect the president’s legacy, as the Wall Street Journal editorial board advised, and Trumpism must be kept alive, detached from any wild hysteria. America needs a robust and rational Republican Party more than ever.
Orlando Avendaño is the co-editor-in-chief of El American. He is a Venezuelan journalist and has studies in the History of Venezuela. He is the author of the book Days of submission // Orlando Avendaño es el co-editor en Jefe de El American. Es periodista venezolano y cuenta con estudios en Historia de Venezuela. Es autor del libro Días de sumisión.