…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: It will remain an historical irony that both Putin and Senate leader McConnell congratulated President-Elect Biden on the same day. The Trump zealots’ claims that “It ain’t over until January 20th” are a fantasy that they are hanging onto. So be it.
But the much more important issue will be the sedition one. It needs to be pursued and litigated up to a Supreme Court decision where a victory can protect us from a replay of the petty torment we have been put through by petty political criminals.
We have all been put through this grueling process. The judges are all familiar with the legal issues, including the ‘lack of credible evidence, and the public can handle dealing with it now, versus kicking the can down the road.
The future political security of the country is still at risk. And even more sadly so its intelligence security as the current breach, which was only caught after the fact, has us having to face that everyone using these supposedly top level secure systems must assume they have been fully penetrated.
As FireEye and Solar Winds were used by everybody wanting top security, then we must assume that the hackers have it all now. It is a sad Xmas present for the country, as has been watching the Republican Party trying to steal the election from Biden.
From Politico just now:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Republican senators Tuesday during a private caucus call not to object to the election results on Jan. 6, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
McConnell told his caucus that objecting to the results would force Republicans to take a “terrible vote” because they would need to vote it down and appear against President Donald Trump. Senate Majority Whip John Thune and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) also echoed McConnell’s remarks.
Trump can dream all he wants to about being a force of nature, but I predict he will be a house of cards. Yes, he will milk his supporters for all he can get out of them, especially the fundraising, but he also will be known worldwide as an impostor… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … December 15, 2020
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, on Tuesday congratulated Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their Nov. 3 election victories, ending his long silence on the outcome of the presidential race.
In remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell acknowledged the Democrats’ win of the White House following Monday’s formal result issued by the Electoral College.
In a nearly 10-minute speech that mainly praised Republican President Donald Trump’s tenure in office, McConnell closed by saying:
“Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden,” adding that “he has devoted himself to public service for many years.”
McConnell, saying he had hoped for a “different result” in the Nov. 3 election, also said, “All Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time.”
Since early November, McConnell has ignored pressure to acknowledge Biden’s victory, saying Trump had the right to pursue legal challenges to the election outcome. He steadfastly refused to refer to Biden as president-elect.
Meanwhile, many of McConnell’s fellow Republicans have echoed Trump’s unfounded claims that the presidential election was stolen by domestic and foreign forces, including by tampering with electronic voting machines.
Over the past five weeks, some local elections officials have expressed fears that Trump’s rhetoric and that of some of his supporters could result in violence.
On Monday, the Electoral College confirmed results that were apparent since Nov. 7 that Trump had no path to winning the election despite his repeated, unfounded claims of election fraud, which he reiterated on Monday.
Trump’s verbal and Twitter attacks, a flurry of mostly unsuccessful lawsuits and public rallies in which he spoke of an illegal election result raised fears that U.S. democracy could suffer if enough Americans believed the president’s accusations of fraud.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a speech following McConnell’s, urged Trump to “end his term with a modicum of grace and dignity.”
“For the sake of our democracy, for the sake of peaceful transition of power, he should stop the shenanigans, stop the misrepresentations and acknowledge that Joe Biden will be our next president,” Schumer said.
While McConnell congratulated Biden and Harris, he made no mention of whether he would work in a cooperative manner with any of the new administration’s initiatives following their swearing-in on Jan. 20.