The arcane Electoral College met in statehouses across America and ratified Donald Trump's presidency on Monday, despite throngs of protests and last-minute attempts urging 40 or so GOP electors to seek an alternative for the country’s good.
This was the closing chapter in a presidential election filled with anti-democratic features, the most recent being the elevation to the presidency of a candidate who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. But that’s hardly the only breakdown in a process ordinary citizens are raised to revere and soldiers are sent overseas to defend.
A week ago, the most basic element of fair play seen in every sporting event—the replay to assess close calls; in elections, a verifiable recount—was trashed. The Green Party's Jill Stein would not have raised millions in small donations for a recount if voters were satisfied Trump had won fair and square. What ensued was not even a bad mirage, because all the ballots were not counted in verifiable ways in Wisconsin. It was even worse in Michigan, where Republicans stopped the recount though not before showcasing institutional racism, with 59 percent of Detroit’s precincts barred from recounting. Lest anyone think this is only a GOP problem, Democrat-run Pennsylvania was as obstructionist as Republican-run Michigan. Read full post here