CNN ran an article explaining that @GSAEmily is a nice person and is fair and wants to do the right thing, but that she thinks she is in a no win situation. On the one hand, it isn’t clear who won the election, but on the other, it is. What is she to do?
There has been rampant speculation in my Twitter feed and perhaps on your social media too that Trump is pressuring her not to ascertain that the apparent winner is #BidenHarris. That is not necessarily true, and probably isn’t true because he wouldn’t have to in order for her to carry out his wishes.
The pressure to ascertain that #BidenHarris are the apparent winners of the election is clear. The margins in all of the states are wide enough that no amount of recounting can overturn them and all of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s court cases have been lost, he’s appointed Giuliani to lead the remainder of the legal effort, and they’ve withdrawn the remainder of the cases without ever having gone to court. It is pretty damn clear that you’re on solid ground if you ascertain that #BidenHarris are the apparent winner of the election.
Even if you’re wrong and some miraculous felony of seditious election stealing occur, no one has been hurt by allowing #BidenHarris to begin the transition. It will, however, save thousands of lives due to #COVID19 alone and help prevent any kind of terrorist effort a la 9/11. So, there’s that pressure to begin the transition.
The pressure against doesn’t come from the Ol’ Pussy Grabber directly. It comes indirectly.
FIRST, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber has groused extensively and publicly about the election being stolen and being rigged. He’s openly said that he won’t concede. If she ascertains that #BidenHarris are the apparent winners of Election 2020 the Ol’ Pussy Grabber would be greatly displeased.
It ain’t no secret how the Ol’ Pussy Grabber feels about the election and what he wants to happen. He’s putting it all out there to tell his allies and supporters what he wants to have happen. He’s telegraphing that he wants them to do everything they’re capable of doing to help him steal the election.
SECOND, elected Repubes have headed the call of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber! Many have made public statements about the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s right to file frivolous baseless law suits attempting to delay the certification of the election until 14 December and set the stage for a SCOTUS ruling that allows Trump to “win.”
Many Repubes have stated that the media doesn’t decide elections and we won’t know who won until the election results are certified by all fifty states or at least until one of the candidates is reaches 270 certified electoral votes.
Of course, this last one violates our norms of looking at the reported vote counts and determining whether there are enough outstanding votes that are likely to go to one of the candidates and change the results. Most ascertainments of the apparent winner have been made within days of Election Day.
We’ve never relied upon waiting for the votes of each state to be certified before declaring the winner and beginning the transition. As we saw in the one time it did happen, 2000, it contributed to W’s slapdash lackadaisical administration unpreparedness for 9/11.
AND THIRD, @GSAEmily has headed his call, too. She is trying do what she thinks the Ol’ Pussy Grabber wants. As Tim Snyder explains in On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, people will obey tyrants in ADVANCE! Lesson one warns us that citizens in budding authoritarian regimes will anticipate the plans of the tyrant, and, then, do those things. Newly minted or growing authoritarians do not know which laws, values, or norms people are willing to violate or tolerate being violated. However, they let people know what they want through their propaganda. @GSAEmily is a perfect example of people voluntarily helping a dictator when they don’t have to.
The best thing you can do is POLITELY urge her to ascertain that #BidenHarris are the apparent winners of Election 2020. Point out to her that by doing so she will be saving thousands of lives because of #COVID19, and if she doesn’t, those deaths are on her. Visit Contact the Administrator of GSA and Tell Her to Begin the Transition to find her contact information, a script to use, a tweet to use, and other suggestions.