The Hill reports:
A lawyer for ’s reelection campaign said former U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs should be “shot” for rejecting the president’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
During an interview on “The Howie Carr Show,” Joe diGenova outlined a number of baseless accusations around the elections, including that “mail-in balloting is inherently corrupt.” He then criticized Krebs, calling him a “class A moron.”
"Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity,” diGenova said. “That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.”
Probably nobody supports attorney free speech more than me. But going on a public forum and calling for someone's public execution should end diGenova's legal career. There have been scores of attorneys disbarred across the country for issuing death threats. I think it quite possible too that diGenova will no longer be invited back to Fox News.
|Trump Attorney Joe DiGenova|
President Trump is planning a rally in Georgia on Saturday in support of Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in their bid to win the January 5th run-off election. It is not clear that this is something Perdue and Loeffler should want. While Trump's endorsement and presence is a powerful thing in Republican primaries, Trump has no history of being good at promoting GOP candidates (as opposed to promoting himself) in general elections. Further, he is in the middle of attacking Georgia Republican officials for supposedly running a fraudulent election. Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brian Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, an "enemy of the people" for not ensuring he won the state. Trump is also attacking Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who, among the Governors, has been one of Trump's most loyal supporters. Just a couple hours ago, Trump tweeted:
@BrianKempGA You allowed your state to be scammed. We must check signatures and count signed envelopes against ballots. Then call off election. It won’t be needed. We will all WIN!
The trouble is that, because of Trump's attacks on Georgia voting system, there is a growing movement among Georgia Republican voters to abstain from participating in the January 5th run-off election. This is their way of "punishing" Georgia Republican elected officials for not being supportive enough of Trump.
It continues to amaze me how successful Trump and his sycophants have been able to sell this "fraud" nonsense, without evidence of fraud that would overturn even one state's election results, much less the several states that are needed. Readers should notice though that the Trump attorneys claim fraud outside the courtroom, but when they enter the courtroom, they don't assert fraud. For example, when asked about fraud in a Pennsylvania federal district court, Rudy Giuliani, told the judge that he would not be providing evidence of fraud because it was not a fraud case.
OOP's short takes:
- Politico has an excellent article on how Republican members of Congress might still try to challenge the Electoral College results. I think you can count on that happening.
- Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling on Trump to pardon members of his family and himself. There is about 90% chance Trump pardons members of his family and at least a 50% chance he pardons himself. I have not yet been persuaded by the argument that a President cannot pardon himself.
- There is a good chance that the State of New York prosecutes Donald Trump after the election. Here's the thing. Even if Trump is prosecuted and convicted, even if he becomes a felon, he can still run for re-election in 2024. Even sitting in a prison cell, Trump can be a candidate. The reason why is that the Constitution establishes the qualifications for federal office and a prohibition on felons being elected to federal office is seen as an additional "qualification" and would require an amendment to the Constitution. That is why many felons, although prohibited by state law from running for state offices, can always run for Congress or the President.
- News has just broken that the Lt. Governor of Georgia, Geoff Duncan, is publicly pushing back against Trump's claim that Georgia ran a fraudulent election" "What is alarming is the amount of misinformation that continues to flow. It's alarming to me," Duncan continued. "It's certainly disheartening to watch folks willing to kind of put their character and their morals out there just so they can spread a half truth or a lie in the efforts to maybe to flip an election. ... That's not what democracy is all about." Yep.
- If elected Republicans had just spoken out about Donald Trump from Day 1, if they had done their job to hold him accountable, the GOP would not be in the quandry it is in today. Instead, those Republicans enabled the very worst of Donald Trump and now they are powerless to stop him. Frankenstein's monster.