If there’s a Star Trek convention in town on Saturday that I want to attend but I’m sure my wife will say no because she has a list of chores for me to do instead, what should I do? Well, logically, I should mention on Wednesday that I may have to go into work on Saturday. On Thursday, I should tell her that it’s no longer a maybe, I definitely have to be there. On Friday night, I remind her that I have to go in to work the next day then, after she’s asleep, I should hide my Starfleet uniform under the back seat of the car. Then, on Saturday there’s nothing suspicious in her eyes as I put on my work clothes and head out the door to “work.”
Likewise, if you’re planning to steel an election in November, you should probably start laying the groundwork for it in August and September. That way, there’s nothing suspicious in the eyes of American voters when there’s no concession speech and boxes of ballots mysteriously show up in strange places and congressman start telling stories of distraught voters calling their office and court injunctions start getting filed.
Now, maybe I’m as distrustful of the Democrats as the Klingons are of the Romulan Empire, but this is what I see going on when Hillary Clinton renders some “advice” to Joe Biden about not conceding on election night if the vote count is close.
The statement was made in an interview with Jennifer Palmieri on the Showtime show The Circus. “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances,” she said. “Because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I believe he will win if we don’t give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.”
It was Clinton’s contention, one that echoed months of Democratic talking points, that Trump would likely try to take the election by going after absentee ballots.
These ballots have been a sticking point between the two campaigns for weeks now. The sides have become mired in an endless cycle of accusations as Trump accuses the Democrats of using mail-in voting to steal the election. Meanwhile, the Democrats say that the President’s continuous attacks on mail-in voting constitute his attempt to steal the election.
Trump campaign Lawyer, Matthew Morgan, concurs with the analysis that Clinton’s statement is an attempt to prepare for a preplanned contested election. According to him, Clinton is “unashamedly trying to lay the groundwork for Joe Biden to deny the election results when Trump wins.”
Reinforcing this idea is that fact that in late June, the Biden camp amassed 600 lawyers to prepare for election day. This move, according to team Biden was to prevent any “chicanery” from President Trump who, Biden warned, could interfere with the election to ensure his victory.
Conversely, Trump has provided plenty of ammo to those accusing him of laying the groundwork to deny the election as well. Not only has this come in the form of his repeated attacks on Mail-in voting, but he has also openly suggested a delay in the election.
Additionally, both Trump and his campaign officials have repeatedly stated that they have teams of volunteers and legal teams prepared to monitor the vote counting process as a guard against any funny business. Then, should such funny business occur, to take appropriate legal action.
Historically speaking, it is the Democrats who have resisted election results and tried to overturn those results. The most recent example is the 2016 election of Trump that many on the left still refuse to accept and which they tried to delegitimize with their Russian Collusion hoax. And of course, who can forget the month long national nightmare from the 2000 election?
It is far too early to know for certain what the result of November 3 will be. But whatever the outcome, it is certain that the two sides will not be putting their differences aside over a mug of Klingon Blood Wine and they most certainly will not be offering one another the Vulcan Salute of long life and prosperity.