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It Doesn't Happen Often.(Disagreement with 11/10/20 column on Pres. Trump Needing to Concede)

Reader comment on item: Trump's Need to Concede

Submitted by Bryan Taplits (United States), Nov 12, 2020 at 14:06

Dr. Pipes, it doesn't happen often, but I disagree with your arguments that Pres. Trump should concede. Your entire column assumes that there was no fraudulence, errors, or intentional malfeasance committed in the election.

There has been many attestations (despite-many times- their being ignored by mainstream news media) that fraud, deliberate malfeasance and mistakes in the counting occurred. For instance, in Penn. there have been many affidavits signed, upon penalty of perjury, that state malfeasant mis-countings have occurred, usually in Democratic strongholds which conceivably could have affected the outcome of the election. Moreover, there have been reports that the voting machines were rigged by the voting machines to show more Biden votes than he actually received. Other places (such as in Michigan and Penn.) did not allow for transparent vote counting or counting viewable by both party representatives (in this case, Republicans couldn't oversee the counting). Statistical-analytics show that the tabulation of many state votes are very unlikely, if not outside the realm of probability.

Also, in Penn, the Penn.legislature said that ballots could not be counted if received after Nov.3. The Penn. Supreme Court said the opposite. Justice Alioto affirmed, as head of this circuit, that the legislature rules on this, according to the Constitution of the US. But this dictum, and the legislature's dictum, were ignored.

With so much (anecdotal, logical, and mistake laden) evidence in abundance, NOT investigating them (through the courts or through recounts or through audits) and instead pre-conceding the election, leads to anti-democratic behavior-because if it is successfully done once than it will be done again.

So for this election-and future elections-investigations and re-counts (and transparent audits) should occur-especially since this election was so manifestly close. Democracies can only remain democratic if there is a means-and a will- to correct anti-democratic behavior-especially when (apparently and evidently) practiced in very close elections.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

"Your entire column assumes that there was no fraudulence, errors, or intentional malfeasance committed in the election."

Hardly. You missed this sentence: "President Trump is absolutely entitled to pursue every legal avenue – including recounts and lawsuits – to assure his full rights."

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