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US election: Maybe it was completely fair – and pigs might fly

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TRUST is in dangerously short supply. It’s not hard to see why. I don’t find it surprising that people are sceptical about election results coming out of the United States. What else would you expect? We’ve seen how all and sundry have spent the last four years endlessly slandering the American president, desperately devising ways to cut short his first term in office and insulting all his supporters as moronic rednecks.

Take Michigan, for example. Perhaps there’s something in the water – the electorate is among the most elderly in the world. The internet is alive with stories of voters well into their 12th decade who have sent in their postal ballot on time. That some of them are forty years dead has proved no hindrance to the exercising of their democratic right.

That isn’t all. Speculation exploded with the bizarre – nay, inexplicable – delays to counting votes. Despite being the ‘most important election ever’ (when don’t they say that? But it may well be true this time) those in charge of counts decided that it was more important that everyone get some shut-eye before pressing ahead with the task of counting votes.

I’m sure it was irrelevant that Trump was leading in each of these states, and that they are almost all run by Democrats. Nevertheless, the stoppage did allow a healthy number of caches of votes to be found just in time for the resumption of the count. Naturally, these votes were almost all for Biden. Call me a cynic, but why would a count be simultaneously stopped across states, subsequently taking days longer than normal, if not to destabilise the process?

And of course, voting on time isn’t a necessity any more. As long as a vote is received and it is postmarked with the right date, it is acceptable – at least in Pennsylvania. No doubt such a system would be impossible to tamper with. As our own experience has shown in the UK – Peterborough, Tower Hamlets et al – postal voting is liable to extreme abuse. Perhaps that’s why the Left are so dead against reforming it. Despite wishing to control each aspect of everyone’s life, they are curiously libertarian about the need to show ID when voting.

Maybe this is all the product of a mind that is far down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole. ‘Right thinking’ people will tell you so, I’m sure. That Twitter is censoring the President of the United States too, preventing people from seeing his tweets, is an irrelevance. Move along, nothing to see here.

The opponents of Donald Trump have spent the last four years trying desperately to destroy him. Like a horde of pygmies assailing a Goliath, they have sought through lies, distortion and the gaslighting of the public to remove him from office. Nearly each public and private institution of any size has been co-opted into the effort. The media has streamed dishonest hit-pieces on Trump night and day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

And now, come the election, we are supposed to believe that everything is above board, and that respect for the democratic procedure is beyond question. Do they think we were born yesterday? They have shown their true colours far too many times.

Perhaps the election was completely fair. But given the track record of the opponents of Trump – and their ceaseless willingness to cheat and lie and smear – is it any wonder that there is so little faith?

The next few days (or weeks) will determine whether this deficit of trust proves to be the undoing of the American republic as we know it.

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Frederick Edward
Frederick Edward currently lives in St Petersburg. He infrequently uses Twitter.

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