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AS I WRITE this on Sunday, November 8, 2020, Joe Biden has a lead of some 4 million in the popular vote and a projected Electoral College tally of 290 (270 to win) versus Trump’s 214.
It was not the Biden landslide that some Democrats hoped for, nor the Trump landslide that some Republicans predicted. But it is certainly decisive, despite Trump’s expected baseless claims of voter fraud.
Here are tidbits gleaned from the Internet and from SimanaitisSays postings, selected with perhaps a bias directed against the mendacious, narcissistic, misogynistic, incompetent, bullying demagogue who was defeated.
Not that anyone reading SimanaitisSays would be surprised by this bias.
Satire to the Rescue. Several of my favorite items came from The Borowitz Report’s “Not the news.” On the day after the election, Andy Borowitz reported “Trump Asks Supreme Court to Rule That Wisconsin is Not a State…. When asked to explain Wisconsin’s admission to the Union, in 1848, Trump said, ‘Show me one person who saw that happen.’ ”
On November 5, 2020, Borowitz noted “Trump Defends Lawsuits: ‘No One Knows More About Fraud Than Me…. For my entire life, I have been drenched in fraud… Fraud is my middle name.’ ”
Family Values. Trump family members got satirical jabs as well. On October 29, 2020: Borowitz wrote, “Jared Kushner Asks Dad to Bribe His Way into Electoral College…. How can they turn down the guy who ended the pandemic?”
On October 10, 2020, Borowitz reported, “Ivanka Trump Applies for Job as Biden’s Daughter.” Her reported self assessment: “As awesome as Ivanka Trump has been, I believe Ivanka Biden will be even more awesome… You don’t have to take Jared.”
On Presidential Concession Speeches. As I write this, Trump has yet to make a speech of concession. There’s no requirement to do so; such speeches as well as attendance at the new president’s inauguration are traditional, not required.
Perhaps Trump will attend the inauguration and boast, “It’s the largest crowd in history—all for me!”
A Papal Paradigm. Trump’s recent actions remind me of the “Papal Highjinks” described here at SimanaitisSays. On September 7, 1159, of the 30 cardinals in attendance, 27 chose Cardinal Roland of Siena as new pontiff. Among the three dissenters was Cardinal Octavian of Santa Cecilia—and a really poor loser. (Remind you of anyone?)
When it came time for Roland to receive the scarlet mantle, Octavian elbowed in and snatched the garment. The mantle was wrestled away, and an Octavian supporter provided another one. Octavian donned this one, only he put it on back to front. Chaos ensued.
Two weeks later, Roland became Pope Alexander III.
Imagine something like this jazzing up the inauguration.
I plan to drive around and honk for Joe and Kamala: first on December 14, 2020, when the Electoral College formalizes matters, then again on January 20, 2021. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2020