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Submitted by Vadim Anshelevich (United States), Nov 12, 2020 at 20:23

Dr. Pipes' response to many comments that disagree with the article: Read my article again: "President Trump is absolutely entitled to pursue every legal avenue – including recounts and lawsuits – to assure his full rights."

Formally speaking, this sentence is in the article. But this article is not about President Trump's rights to pursue every legal avenue – including recounts and lawsuits – to assure his full rights. It is certainly not about voters' rights to pursue every legal avenue – including recounts and lawsuits – to assure their full rights. These rights are not even mentioned in the article.

What is this article about?

Are there rational reasons to suspect that the people working for the Biden campaign, including Biden allies in the government, media and press, engaged in a massive "fraud" and that the election is "stolen"? Aren't they essentially the same people who for several years have been hunting Trump as a "Russian asset", and have tried – quite successfully - to create an image of Trump as an "impostor" who "contests the fundamentals of democracy", who "takes all Americans down a dark, perilous spiral" and who "further sunders an already fractured country"?

Did the media, the press and tech monopolists work in unison with the Biden campaign and try – quite successfully - to create and propagate the negative information about Trump and suppress the negative information about candidates they support with a possible objective to misinform potential voters?

Can the hugely biased opinion polls be considered as an attempt to manipulate voters' behavior?

Do all these activities represent the attempts of the Biden side "to contest the fundamentals of democracy", " to take all Americans down a dark, perilous spiral" and "to further sunder an already fractured country"?

All these questions are out of the scope of the article.

The article is almost exclusively about the belief that it is Trump's "malign, egoistical character has come to the fore and threatens to damage the fabric of American politics", and it is about expectations that it is Trump who would "contest the fundamentals of democracy" and would "take all Americans down a dark, perilous spiral", and it is him who will "further sunder an already fractured country".

This article is not even about Donald Trump. It is about a never-Trump perception of Donald Trump. Sadly, it seems that this perception of Trump significantly influences the perception of political and social reality in general.

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