” Unhinged and dangerous” — Trump buried in condemnation after attempting to “fix” Georgia vote tally

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Once the full audio of yesterday’s call between Donald Trump and the Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was published by The Washington Post, people of both political parties — outraged by what they heard in the seditious conversation — began expressing their anger on social media and in interviews with the media, sending the hashtag #TrumpTreason trending on Twitter.

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The leaked recording of Trump’s call — in which the president cajoled, flattered, pathetically begged, and ultimately threatened the state official in charge of Georgia’s elections with criminal prosecution if he didn’t magically “find” enough votes to reverse the already certified election results — dispelled any skepticism that the desperate, failed candidate would go to unprecedented and decidedly criminal lengths to avoid losing his presidential immunity to prosecution and inspired calls to hold the lame-duck president accountable through either impeachment or criminal prosecution.

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George Conway, the notoriously anti-Trump Republican attorney and husband of former Senior Advisor to the treasonous president, cited the exact statute that Trump violated with his attempt to reverse the legitimate results of the Georgia presidential election.

Conway also tweeted that the recording proves that Trump’s mental capabilities are as impaired as he’s been shouting from the rafters for many months now.

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Another conservative Never-Trumper, political commentator Bill Kristol, pushed for at least the initiation of formal impeachment proceedings against Trump, despite the fact that in the 17 remaining days of his term there is little time to actually complete the process.

Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in with a statement that denounced all efforts to overturn the lawfully decided election, increasing the schism within the Republican Party that Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat has created.

It wasn’t just disaffected Republicans condemning Trump’s actions, of course.

Democratic leaders vowed to prevent the dangerous losing candidate from succeeding in his mission to retain power with a soupçon of “we told you so” to the Republican Senators who acquitted Trump in his impeachment trial a year ago over a similarly threatening phone call with the president of Ukraine designed to ensure his electoral domination.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for a full-blown criminal investigation over the call.

Former Clinton administration official Paul Begala pointed out that even a self-pardon couldn’t protect Trump from the violation of Georgia state law that he so obviously committed.

While Twitter is full of equally outraged posts venting anger over Trump’s latest constitutional atrocity, the editorial published this afternoon in The Washington Post by all 10 living former Secretaries of Defense warning the military not to get involved in Trump’s seditious election dispute should hopefully temper any hope that the desperate president may have of taking an even more rash and unconstitutional move when his behind the scenes political and legal maneuvering ultimately fails.

With Ashton CarterDick CheneyWilliam CohenMark EsperRobert GatesChuck HagelJames MattisLeon PanettaWilliam Perry, and Donald Rumsfeld all are lined up against Trump, he has to begin to realize that his position is untenable. 

To explain the magnitude of Trump’s transgression in his attempts to intimidate Georgia election officials, veteran journalist Carl Bernstein who broke the story that brought down President Nixon in the 1970s told CNN that this president’s actions are “far worse than what occurred in Watergate.”

“At the same time this one person subverting the very basis of our democracy, and willing to act criminally in that subversion,” said Bernstein. “But more importantly, what we hear on this tape — this is the ultimate smoking gun tape. It is the tape with the evidence of what this president is willing to do toll undermine the electoral system and illegally, improperly, and immorally try to instigate a coup in which he remains the president of the United States.”

What happens between now and Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th is anyone’s guess at this point.

Suffice it to say that American democracy is in the biggest danger it’s been in during most of our lifetimes.

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Those not prepared to defend it from Trump, his minions, and his violent right-wing militias will have to be willing to give up every freedom they now enjoy.

And you thought having to wear a mask was bad.

Just wait until a Trump dictatorship is illegally installed and you’ll be looking back at 2020 as the good old days.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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