The Madness Must End—Defend Our Elections
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team
We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 election. By end of day Monday, the Electoral College will meet, vote, and Joe Biden will be the official President-elect, to be inaugurated President at noon on January 20, 2021.
Except the Trump machine won’t let the election end. Despite no credible evidence, most Republicans believe that (nonexistent) widespread fraud stole the election from Donald Trump. Trump partisans have filed over 55 unsuccessful lawsuits seeking to overturn election results in various states. The U.S. Supreme Court has twice in this past week refused to hear cases brought by the Trump team’s complicit lawyers and Republican officials. Seventeen states, two fictitious states, and 126 Republican members of Congress signed on to the latest case rejected by the Supreme Court. Now the Texas GOP Chair is suggesting secession as a remedy for not getting the Trumpian results he desired.
All this drama would be hilarious were it not doing real and lasting damage to the core of our democratic governing principles and raising the threat of violence across many states. Even as we at PDA look forward, preparing to work with a new administration on healthcare, the climate crisis, pandemic relief, and other domestic and international policy goals, we must confront this existential threat unfolding in the waning days of the Trump administration.
I will be blunt: our plates are full. In fact, they are overloaded.
We need resources to keep our momentum on issues, the Georgia Senate runoffs, and upcoming special elections in the House. We also need to take these threats to election integrity and the rule of law seriously. Your monthly sustaining gift of $46, $20, $10, or $5 will help PDA reach more voters, hold elected officials accountable, put fearless progressives in Congress, and defend the integrity of our electoral process.
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