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Politics Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election

13:41  14 june  2021
13:41  14 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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By Juan Williams , opinion contributor — 05/03/21 06:00 AM EDT. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. Trump’s “Big Lie” — that the presidential election was stolen by widespread voter fraud — is at the center of this constellation of endless lies. Keep in mind that Trump started lying about election results in November. Yet, months later, even after President Biden was inaugurated, 65 percent of Republicans still said they believed Biden’s win in November was illegitimate, according to a February AP-NORC poll.

We need to talk about January 6.

Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election © Getty Images Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election

I'm talking about Jan. 6, 2025.

That's when the U.S. Congress will meet to certify the winner of the 2024 presidential election.

"How to Get Away With Murder," was a recent TV crime show. As the 2024 race approaches, the Trump-GOP's current weekly drama is titled "How to Get Away with Murdering Democracy."

Step One - Don't mention Jan. 6, 2021. If it comes up, say Trump's violent radicals did not stop certification of President Biden's win over Trump. It was just like a "tourist visit," according to one GOP congressman, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.). Too bad for him he was photographed that day with a look of terror on his face.

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By Juan Williams , opinion contributor — 02/01/21 06:00 AM EST. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. I can’t help but wonder what is driving the deafening silence from GOP leadership. It could well be fear of reprisals — political or physical violence from the QAnon crowd, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, all known to have had a role in the siege at the Capitol.

By Juan Williams , opinion contributor — 10/08/18 06:00 AM EDT. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. McCarthy will inherit a GOP majority that since the 2010 elections has proven itself incapable of delivering on its campaign promises. In the last two years, they have fallen flat on almost all of President Trump's campaign promises as well. Here's their sad record

Next, prevent a bipartisan, independent commission from looking into the violent Republican riot.

Twist the arms of the honest Republicans left on Capitol Hill by scaring them with previews of the commission's probable findings and the damage those stories could do to the party's efforts to regain control of the House, Senate and White House.

Step Two - Change election laws in states with GOP majority legislatures. New laws in Georgia, for example, take power away from independent election boards and the secretary of state to certify election results.

Georgia's new laws give unprecedented power to the Republican legislature to determine the winner of the 2024 election. They can override local and state election officials in certifying votes.

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The GOP has no official party platform anymore. They’re not here to help. Some of them literally want to make things so shitty because they think they can force god to start the apocalypse. They are no longer a political party, they are a cancer on the American people. In which case the capital insurection comes up where they were far more violent and planned to kidnap and kill members of congress on top of the 5 dead there. So the whole stop the steal crowd is nothing but a violent mob who destroyed the capital.

By Juan Williams — 09/05/16 06:00 AM EDT. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. When the House and Senate get back to work tomorrow, the GOP majorities on both sides of Capitol Hill will be up against a September 30 deadline to pass a spending bill to keep the federal government open. That means funding the military, keeping Social Security checks going out and assuring global investors that the world’s leading economic power is not about to grind to a halt.

In 2020, the Georgia Secretary of State - a Republican, Brad Raffensperger - defied Trump's demand to "find" enough votes to make him the winner of the presidential race. Raffensperger or his successor will not have that power come 2024.

Step Three - Suppress the votes of people who are unlikely to back Republicans: young people, college-educated whites, poor people, union members, working women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians.

Republicans are taking this last step nationwide by having state legislatures weaken voting rights laws.

In Texas, for example, the GOP has proposed a change so that "clear and convincing evidence" of fraud is no longer needed for a judge to deny certification of an election's outcome.

Generally, GOP-led state legislatures are curtailing early voting, limiting mail and drive-up voting. They are also eliminating or decreasing the use of drop boxes.

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By Juan Williams , opinion contributor — 12/16/19 06:00 AM EST. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. For that, Obama needs to get off the sidelines as early as possible next year and dedicate himself to activating the black vote. He has a moral obligation to stop Trump, the most racially inflammatory president in living memory, from winning a second term. Obama has one more election to win for the Democrats.

The Hill, by Juan Williams . "What a narcissistic power-hungry egotist," Ayelet Waldman screeched. The hateful leftist spouse of extremist author Michael Chabon was responding to Justice Stephen Breyer's call for finding common ground . Lefties had already been furious at Breyer for refusing to resign. And then for urging Democrats to respect the rule of law.

On Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans now make a practice of excommunicating any Republican who is not willing to go along with Trump's "Big Lie," the false claim that the election was stolen.

The best example is Rep. Liz Cheney (R- Wyo.). For refusing to buy into the lie, she lost her leadership post.

Shunning honest Republicans is required to retain solidarity among the 147 congressional Republicans who agreed to the "Big Lie" by voting against certifying Biden's win in 2020.

The message to congressional Republicans is that they will be free to defy their constitutional oath again, and undermine the 2024 election without any consequences, if they just stick together.

Any Republican looking to run for president is also being told to hold onto the "Big Lie."

Mike Pence, the former vice president, was threatened on Jan. 6 by insurrectionists chanting that they wanted to hang him.

But he now downplays the threat, dismissing it by simply saying he and Trump will never "see eye-to-eye on that day."

Pence is living proof that any prominent Republican who even thinks of standing apart from Trump's lies will be left in no-man's land.

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This pressure for GOP politicians to choose silence in turn enables conservative media to continue to tell voters that the election was stolen, without fear of contradiction from within party ranks.

They keep trumpeting the "Big Lie" despite the fact that election officials and more than 50 judges have failed to find evidence of fraud. Trump's former Attorney General, William Barr, could not find evidence of voter fraud - even under pressure from the then-president's chief of staff.

It is stunningly sad that a Yahoo News/YouGov poll released last week found that 64 percent of Republicans continue to believe that the 2020 election was "rigged and stolen from Trump."

Corporate America is in the same boat. Citigroup, a major banker that halted political funding after the Jan. 6 attack, now says it will resume making donations, including being open to giving money to the Republicans who tried to override the results of the last election.

The final plank in the GOP plan for Jan. 6, 2025, is to stop Biden from achieving any legislative act to move the country forward.

Biden passed the COVID relief bill without Republican votes. Republicans are now standing in the way of Biden's plan to improve and increase jobs. The GOP is offering no reasonable alternative.

Again, the Republicans' focus is solely on regaining political power. They have no agenda for helping the country.

They are totally focused on Jan. 6, 2025.

Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly saying he expects to be "reinstated" as president by August - a claim founded on falsehoods, and for which there is, in any event, no mechanism.

This combination of lies and political bluffs is like a poltergeist, an evil force, in control of a dead body - the cult that was once the Republican Party.

To paraphrase former Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) quip about the Tea Party, it seems as if half the Republican caucus agrees with Trump-QAnon followers like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), the other half is afraid of being primaried by such people.

People who love America need to face this threat to democracy and act with urgency.

Juan Williams is an author, and a political analyst for Fox News Channel.

Call it authoritarianism .
The Republican Party has embraced an agenda that rigs the rules in their favor. There’s a name for that behavior.Blocking an inquiry into the January 6 attack on the Capitol, embracing Trump’s “Big Lie” that the election was stolen, making it easier for partisans to tamper with the process of counting votes: These are not the actions of a party committed to the basic idea of open, representative government.

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