Rasmussen: Make America Hate Again



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Olivia Rasmussen

On election night, President Donald Trump verbatim tweeted (in a now deleted tweet but can be found here as a screenshot) “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed!”

This is factually incorrect because folks who were in line to vote while their polling location was open are legally allowed to still cast their vote after the designated hours. The key is they were in line while it was open.

Trump then prematurely and baselessly claimed victory around 2 a.m. Nov. 4 while there were still millions of votes that hadn’t been counted. As polling places continuously counted ballots and Trump began losing in certain areas, he declared, like a true fascist, that voting is “so bad for our country” when the votes aren’t in favor of him. Trump, the 45th president of the United States of sore losers, continues to claim the pillar of American democracy — voting — is fraudulent because he lost.

Ignoramus Trump even claimed victory hours before Joe Biden had been declared the next president even though at this time, Trump was losing the popular and electoral vote. He and his team of lawyers are filing lawsuits in states where he arrogantly thought he’d win but ended up losing in. Coincidently, the states he won are not at all being questioned or painted as fraud.

Let’s rewind back to 2016 when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Trump won the electoral vote, making him the next president. Anyone leaning left was labeled as a “snowflake” and a “libtard” for criticizing the outdated Electoral College and wanting the rumors of Russian interference rightfully investigated.

Fast forward to the 2020 election between Trump and Biden, where Biden has won the popular vote and the electoral vote, making him the president-elect of the United States. Trump is fallaciously saying the election is rigged and was demanding states to stop counting votes (that were legally cast within the proper timeframes by American citizens) because he lost.

This wildly fascist and un-American rhetoric is reverberating through the skulls of his cult following. Many Conservatives were showing up to polling places and chanting “stop the count!” because they weren’t pleased with the results. That’s not how democracy works.

Have they forgotten American values, or do they only embrace those values when it’s convenient for them? Even in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump supporters rallied at the Capitol, including the president of an Iowa State student organization who is calling for Trump supporters to “arm up” because their candidate is being replaced. (If the tweet gets deleted, the screenshot can be found here.)

The only thing fraudulent about this election is self-proclaimed patriots of American liberties demanding that legally cast votes shouldn’t get counted if they’re not toward their candidate of choice.

What about law and order? Sniveler Trump and his doltish supporters claim to love law and order but are not following the law and order of a normal presidential election. Calling votes for Biden illegal simply because they’re not votes for Trump isn’t how that works, again. When a vote gets counted, numbers for that candidate increase. It’s not fraud, it’s how addition and math work. 

The infantile demeanor of Trump and his Klan come as no surprise. Fearmongering and conspiracy theories have been shoved into the defunct brains of his programmed followers, masquerading his tyrannical calls for a totalitarian regime as “saving American democracy.”

It feels humorous that the same sadistic people who spend every obsessed moment of their lives ensuring the suffering of others to “own the libs!” are throwing temper tantrums because of real democracy, due process and math. Unfortunately, there’s no humor in millions of Americans wanting to throw away democracy simply because it isn’t turning out in their favor.

It’s staggering that many Republicans would rather participate in blatant voter suppression and intimidation tactics than wait and accept the final results like every election. This is a dangerous and slippery slope into accepting the already present aspects of fascism in Trumpism. “Fascist governments are one-party states led by an authoritarian leader who claims to embody the national will.”

Let us not forget half of America still voted for Trump’s racist, sexist and hateful ideas. Police state crazed citizens of this nation have proven they’d rather amplify the voices of those who glow with glee while beating the backs of people who demand social justice and accountability.

Half of our nation would rather live under an oppressive system of white supremacy than a country based in equality and meaningful change that would better the lives of everyone.

The ridiculous unproven claims of voter fraud and calls to halt the election because votes are being added up for all candidates (like every election) from Trump and his followers is extremely anti-American and shameful.

While Trump worshippers desire authoritarianism, real Americans desire democracy and the freedom to vote.

The intimidation didn’t and won’t stop the people of this nation from sharing their hopeful voices in favor of bettering our nation with leaders who take our democracy seriously.