November 21st, 2020

Джулиани в Пенсильвании

Поскольку я несколько дней назад писал о суде в Пенсильвании, в котором Трампа представлял сам Джулиани, то напишу о том, чем там дело кончилось.

Естественно, Трамп в очередной раз проиграл. Это тридцать какой-то иск, проигранный трамповской кампанией.

Вот решение судьи -- MEMORANDUM OPINION:
In this action, the Trump Campaign and the Individual Plaintiffs (collectively, the “Plaintiffs”) seek to discard millions of votes legally cast by Pennsylvanians from all corners – from Greene County to Pike County, and everywhere in between. In other words, Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters.

This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated.

One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens. That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence.

In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Therefore, I grant Defendants’ motions and dismiss Plaintiffs’ action with prejudice.
Джулиани, правда, не унывает -- отличная, говорит, новость, хорошо, что судья быстро принял решение, это нам только на руку, мы же стремимся дойти до Верховного Суда.

По ходу дела, Джулиани упоминает, что решение принял "Obama-appointed judge". Стоит отметить, что "The “Obama appointee” who ruled against Trump, Judge Brann, was hand picked by Senator Toomey, is a former Republican Party official and a member of the Federalist Society."

Сенатор-республиканец от Пенсильвании Toomey, кстати, сегодня созрел до того, чтобы поздравить Байдена. О перспективах Трампа Toomey сказал следующее:
With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania.

“This ruling follows a series of procedural losses for President Trump’s campaign. On Friday, the state of Georgia certified the victory of Joe Biden after a hand recount of paper ballots confirmed the conclusion of the initial electronic count. Michigan lawmakers rejected the apparent attempt by President Trump to thwart the will of Michigan voters and select an illegitimate slate of electoral college electors. These developments, together with the outcomes in the rest of the nation, confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will become the 46th President of the United States.
Toomey, вроде, не собирается снова идти на выборы. Но он среди республиканцев в Конгрессе не один такой, и остальные, за очень редким исключением, молчат. Да и Toomey потребовалось две недели, чтобы признать очевидное.

Один сплошной QAnon

Вот сегодняшнее интервью Сидни Пауэлл. Я вставлю сюда двухминутный отрывок, полностью интервью можно послушать здесь.

В этом отрывке Пауэлл обвиняет губернатора Джорджии, Брайана Кемпа, республиканца и трамписта, в том, что он получил взятку от компании-производителя машин для голосования. Я это к чему... Многие удивлялись тому, что я много внимания в течении последних нескольких лет уделял феномену Q. Это ведь маргиналы, мы сами о Q от тебя только и узнали, говорили мне трамписты.

Так вот, вся республиканская партия, все консервативное движение сейчас -- это один сплошной QAnon. Все. Больше и нет ничего.

Эту, в общем, очевидную на данную момент мысль хорошо сформулировал Kevin Williamson в статье в National Review, "The Dumbest Coup":
Donald Trump has always been a conspiracy kook — vaccines, 9/11, Obama’s birth certificate, etc. — and he came into the presidency retailing a conspiracy theory: Let’s not forget that he also claimed that the 2016 election was illegitimate, that he’d actually won the popular vote but that electoral fraud had made it appear otherwise. Trump is a conspiracy kook who surrounded himself with other conspiracy kooks and cultivated kooky impulses in his aides, meaning that he is a kook in himself and the cause of kookery in others. The new Dominion-based conspiracy theory is only a variation on a longstanding theme.

And what we are seeing now, in the twilight of Trump’s kookery, is the merger of QAnon, the Republican Party, and the large part of the conservative movement that earns its bread by peddling miracle veggie pills to gullible elderly people on the radio. When I first starting writing about QAnon, some conservatives scoffed that it wasn’t a significant phenomenon, that it had no real influence on the Republican Party or conservative politics. That is obviously untrue. Rather than ask whether conspiracy kookery is relevant to Republican politics at this moment, it would be better to ask if there is anything else to Republican politics at this moment. And maybe there is, but not much.

This raises some uncomfortable questions for conservatives. One of those questions is: How long are we going to keep pretending that this madness isn’t madness? Another is: How long will we continue to pretend that what’s being broadcast by Fox News and talk radio is political commentary rather than the most shameful, irresponsible, and unpatriotic kind of sycophantic for-profit propaganda? A third is: What exactly is the benefit — for our ideas, and for the country — of making common cause with these lunatics and hucksters?

The answer the Trumpists used to give was: winning. But Trump didn’t win. He lost to Joe Biden, who hardly even bothered to campaign against him. He may very well end up costing Republicans control of the Senate. He has a better chance of being indicted on criminal charges and/or returning once more to bankruptcy court than he does of serving a second term as president.

Ronald Reagan spoke of “a time for choosing.” It’s that time again.
То, что говорит Уилльямсон, и то, что говорю я, -- это не преувеличение, это наша реальность.

Сидни Пауэлл -- это не малоизвестный блогер, это один из ведущих адвокатов кампании Трампа. Республиканская партия -- от президента до республиканцев в Конгрессе до избирателей-республиканцев eats up весь этот конспирологический буллшит.

Да посмотрите на тех, кто относит себя к правым, в ЖЖ -- зайдите к Арбату и почитайте комментарии, например. И это ж образованные люди...