24 November 2020 18:33
President Donald Trump and his allies have spent weeks now attempting to subvert the results of the 2020 election in increasingly desperate ways, relying p Donald Trump is like the president in Independence Day, except if Randy Quaid was wrong about the aliens. President Trump and his closest supporters continue to insist that Joe Biden stole the 2020 election. The issue now is not so much the alleged fact that Biden stole the election but the need to assuage Trump supporters who believe the fraud occurred. Emblazoned with the chyron "A SYSTEM CAN'T FUNCTION IF NO ONE TRUSTS THE VOTE," Carlson announced, "This is a real issue, no matter who raises it or who tries to dismiss it out of hand as a conspiracy theory." (President Trump has pinned this clip from the show to the top of his Twitter feed.) The media is pouring doubt on vote-fraud claims because "they know what everyone in America knows: there was nothing pure or secure or even ordinary about the election," argues one column. Notice that these arguments can survive the Trump election team's unbroken record of failure in court, as charge after charge of irregularity has disintegrated the instant it is exposed to the need to meet real-world evidence.
Trump's personal contribution to the argument has come in the form of five consecutive retweets of Randy Quaid, a former actor who skipped bail on a felony charge in 2020 and fled to Canada before being extradited. (Trump's well-known antipathy toward illegal immigrants who commit crimes does not appear to extend to illegal emigrants who commit crimes.) Quaid's putative concern, shared by Trump, is a loss of confidence in the election's security: Trump followed this up by sharing more commentary by Quaid, who, against the backdrop of flashing green and red lights, denounced the perfidy of Fox News: Watching this clip, however, it is difficult to think of any particular reforms that would satisfy Randy Quaid that the election was run smoothly. The point now is to move Trump's accusations away from the court system, where they have been systematically exposed, and back into conservative media, where they can live on forever. Chris Ruddy, a close Trump friend and CEO of Newsmax, tacitly admits in an interview with Isaac Chotiner that simply raising questions, without providing any evidence to support them, is a sufficient standard: "I think the mail-in ballots opened up potential for voter fraud and manipulation beyond what we've seen in previous years. And that's, I think, the crux of the problem, and why Republicans feel this election was 'stolen.'" The key terms are "potential" and "feel" — as long as the potential for fraud exists (and, of course, it always will), Republicans will feel that Trump won. When asked why his reporters raise accusations rather than report them out first, Ruddy basically admits it's good for ratings: President Trump retweeted a series of bizarre video from actor Randy Quaid on Twitter Tuesday morning, while President-elect Joe Biden further prepared to take office by setting his transition team and members of his Cabinet. Quaid's first video that Trump retweeted was originally posted more than a year ago on Oct. 12, 2019. Wake up you sleeping giant, the lilliputians have tied you down with their fantastic dreams of icebergs melting into dinosaurs and train tracks stretching across the Pacific water. Wake up!" Trump then quoted three of Quaid's tweets from last week, all of which are disputed by Twitter for alleging election fraud, including one saying the president would "clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax." Thank you Randy, working hard to clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax! Finally, Trump retweeted a bizarre video of Quaid speaking in a tight close-up to the camera while neon lights flash around him, saying "Fox News daytime ratings have completed collapsed." Trump's retweets of Quaid's posts come after General Services Administrator Emily Murphy informed Biden that the Trump administration is ready to formally begin the presidential transition, nearly two weeks after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election. Trump Mocked After Telling GOP to Listen to Randy Quaid's Election Demand Social media users said they would rather not have Cousin Eddie, referencing the actor's character from the National Lampoon's 'Vacation' franchise, dictating how U.S. elections work. Donald Trump was roundly mocked on social media Tuesday morning after he inexplicably began sharing days old tweets from Randy Quaid, who called for a 2020 Election do-over. The one-time Oscar nominee and now disgraced actor is a fervent Trump supporter who often claims that the president is the best in the history of the office — usually with a strobe light going in his tweets. Days ago the actor, known for his role as Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise, tweeted, "We've lost confidence in the system that elects our leaders. No accuracy, no democracy!" The post was tagged by Twitter with "This claim about election fraud is disputed," which linked to factual news stories about Joe Biden's projected victory. Trump, apparently just finding the tweets as he continues to rage against the election he lost to Biden, shared the message with "Are you listening Republicans?" Trump shared additional outlandish messages from Quaid, which got the actor trending as numerous Twitter users said they would rather not have Cousin Eddie dictating how U.S. elections work. A few hours after Trump's tweets, Quaid reacted to his name making headlines by claiming mainstream media was "outraged" over his do-over suggestion. Randy Quaid has traveled a long, strange road since his beloved supporting turns in films like Christmas Vacation, Independence Day, and Kingpin. Now, Quaid has some thoughts on how to sort out this whole election mess. President Trump thinks Republicans better listen up. We're not prepared to call this the nadir of Trump's efforts to overturn the election — there's still time to retweet O.J. There's plenty to indicate that Trump's brain stopped absorbing new information sometime between 1985 and 1995, when Quaid was still regarded as a relatively sane comic supporting piece. In fact, Trump may not have even realized he was retweeting Quaid. pic.twitter.com/IhnDXCJ7a7 — Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) November 13, 2020