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A basic and tragic truth of life in America right this moment is that no matter President Trump is for, most media and half the nation immediately reject. Even when he’s clearly proper, the zombie-like resistance leaps into frenetic opposition.

Take the case of common mail-in voting.

Trump insists that the plans of some states, similar to California and Colorado, to counter the pandemic by mailing a poll to each registered voter is a system for catastrophe.

It would, the president says, assure mayhem and forged doubts on the November outcomes.

Nonsense, shout the standard suspects. That’s unfounded, he’s making it up, there’s no proof, blah blah blah.

Ah, however there may be proof. Plenty of it, and proper in entrance of us, due to the persevering with saga of two New York congressional races. 5 weeks after the Democratic primaries, no winners have been declared. Outcomes for 2 others have been delayed for 3 weeks.

The key drawback was the amount of mailed-in ballots — greater than 400,000 throughout the town, in opposition to the 23,000 obtained and validated 4 years in the past, The Washington Put up experiences. The Board of Elections, creaky, sloppy and unreliable on the most effective of days, is swamped.

Within the race involving Democratic incumbent Carolyn Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel, in-person voting gave Maloney an fringe of underneath 700 votes. However some 65,000 voters returned the absentee ballots they requested, and mailed ballots set off further safeguards and necessities.

Amongst these are proof the ballots have been mailed by Election Day and obtained inside seven days of the election. Within the Maloney-Patel race, at the very least 12,000 mailed ballots have been invalidated, many as a result of they have been obtained too late and others as a result of they’d no postmark to show once they have been mailed.

State officers, who included pre-stamped return envelopes once they despatched the ballots, apparently didn’t know that such envelopes usually don’t get postmarked. Thus, there isn’t a approach to know if these ballots have been marked and mailed by Election Day.

In some circumstances, ballots have been returned late as a result of election officers didn’t ship them to voters till the day earlier than the first. Some lacked signatures and ran afoul of different technicalities.

One clear consequence: lawsuits. So judges may have the ultimate say about which votes are counted. Already an estimated 28 % of the votes from the Brooklyn portion of the district have been tossed out.

That’s smoking-gun proof of chaos and grounds to doubt the accuracy of the ultimate consequence. Now think about the big alternative for mischief and errors if each state opts for common mail-in and 160 million ballots are mailed to registered voters and again to election places of work within the fall.

Nothing prefer it has ever been tried, so to imagine it will go easily is past silly. Certainly, it will be a miracle if it weren’t a catastrophe.

And never only for the presidential election. Congressional, state and native races all might be upended by poll points and disputes. By comparability, fights over hanging chads in a single state would appear like a stroll within the park.

So Trump wins the argument, proper? On the deserves, he does, however he doesn’t make it straightforward for himself or his supporters.

Typically a tweet is only a tweet, and typically it’s an exploding ­cigar. He specializes within the latter.

The president, who has cited the New York circumstances as examples, drew heated consideration by tweeting a suggestion that the November election be delayed as a result of a nationwide mail-in plan would trigger essentially the most “fraudulent election in historical past.”

“It is going to be an ideal embarrassment to the USA,” Trump wrote. “Delay the Election till folks can correctly, securely and safely vote???”

In a nanosecond, the chattering class declared the tip of the world was close to. Even some allies have been alarmed, with Steven Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society, calling for a brand new impeachment of the president.

Eight hours later, Trump stated by no means thoughts, suggesting the preliminary tweet was intentional misdirection. “Glad I used to be in a position to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to lastly begin speaking in regards to the RISKS to our Democracy from harmful Common Mail-In-Voting…” he tweeted.

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In a later press convention, he went additional, saying “Do I wish to see a date change? No,” Trump stated, “however I don’t wish to see a crooked election.”

Whew, emergency over. However not the harm to Trump.

The incident was a great instance of how his instinctive behavior of poking the hornet’s nest can lead to his getting stung and legitimate insurance policies getting overshadowed. His suggestion that he would possibly attempt to delay the election allowed many on the left to say they’re proper to fret that Trump received’t depart workplace voluntarily if he loses. His clarification however, you may guess they received’t let go of the incident.

After all, the backlash additionally proved that the media don’t wish to confront the apparent issues of mail-in ballots — for the apparent purpose. Many are overtly hostile to Trump and don’t appear to thoughts whether or not the outcomes are reliable practically as a lot as they need the ­consequence to be that Joe Biden wins.

So whereas the president received them speaking in regards to the problem, what they have been saying, and nonetheless are, is that Trump is a menace to democracy.

He’s not. That dishonor belongs to those that can’t see straight ­due to their hatred for him.

The left’s endorsement of riots, its assist for China and its disdain for the police, American historical past and tradition are tearing this nation aside. And now the identical persons are keen to let the election be thrown into chaos as a result of Trump dared to level out issues.

No tweet, irrespective of how off-key, can match the hazard of their insanity.

NYT’s all vet

Wokestan has provide you with a brand new demand: “sensitivity reads.” That’s what a union representing 1,200 New York Occasions staff desires from the paper.

The NewsGuild stated the additional layer of vetting earlier than tales are revealed would make the Grey Girl’s content material “extra various and equitable.”

The thought itself is weird, however doubly so as a result of it reveals that Occasions staff turned to the union to intervene in editorial choices and form how tales are written.

What’s going to they consider subsequent?

Wait, don’t inform me. I don’t wish to know.

No excuse for crime

Reader Lydia DiBello says Mayor de Blasio is means off base in making excuses for the violent crime wave gripping New York. She writes: “My great-grandparents, grandparents and fogeys survived sizzling climate with no air-con, stock-market collapses, monetary misery, pandemics, world wars and rationing of meals and supplies. None of them turned to homicide and shootings to ease their frustrations.”

’Phor plague

Block these metaphors!

Headline from The Boston Globe:

As temperatures rise, a ‘nightmare’ of poisonous algae plagues the hidden gems of Cape Cod.

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FEC boss says there is a ‘substantial chance’ we WON’T know if Trump or Biden won on election night

VOTERS may have to remain in suspense for some time after election night as mail-in ballots will make it difficult to know just who wins on the day, FEC commissioner Ellen Weintraub predicts.

Weintraub backed up her call by pointing to an expected increase in mail-in voting, which will potentially delay the announcement of results until after November 3.

2 FEC commissioner Ellen Weintraub has warned that mail-in ballots could mean the results of the presidential election are delayedCredit: Getty Images - Getty

“Let me just tell everybody, we’re all going to need to take a deep breath and be patient this year,” Weintraub said on CNN’s New Day.

“There’s a substantial chance we are not going to know on election night what the results are.”

Mail-in voting is projected to be an expensive affair, with Congress already having shelled out $400 million for such voting programs, as well as voter safety initiatives. Weintraub doesn’t believe that this sum is enough to get the job done.

“They really need to allocate more money now. I’m very concerned about this, and that is the No. 1 priority right now,” she said.

“The entire operation is going to be much more expensive.”

President Trump has heavily criticized mail-in ballots, slamming them as extremely vulnerable to tampering and inaccuracy.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent,” he tweeted in May.

2 President Trump has heavily criticised mail-in ballots, asserting that they will allow rampant voter fraudCredit: AP:Associated Press

Weintraub dismissed these concerns, asserting that mail-in ballots are secure.

“It’s been done before. It’s safe. There is no substantial risk of fraud involved in absentee voting,” she said.

Weintraub also said that mail-in ballots are seen by experts as the same as absentee ballots, which President Trump has endorsed.

The FEC commissioner put forth the recent primary election in Kentucky as evidence of the growing relevance of mail-in ballots, as an increased part of the population voted by mail. She said that mail-in and absentee voting is the “preferred alternative” for many.

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Weintraub warned that this concern might apply to more elections than just the presidency.

“Probably for the presidency, but maybe for many other races that are important to people, and that's OK,” she said

“If it takes a little bit longer to count all the votes accurately, that's what we need to do in order to ensure that everyone's vote counts.”

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