For now, democracy is holding.
As demonstrated by the roughly 50,000 Donald Trump supporters at an occasion billed because the Million MAGA March, there isn’t any signal of a nationwide groundswell of assist to overturn the election.
The Trump marketing campaign is nicely inside its rights to problem the election leads to court docket and that course of is taking part in out because the US structure dictates.
However, like a budget hair dye operating down Rudy Giuliani’s face as he sweated throughout right this moment’s information convention, Trump‘s possibilities of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat seem like dissolving by the day.
As Giuliani accused Democrats of partaking in a “nationwide conspiracy” to control vote totals, he additionally admitted he didn’t have any proof of such exercise.
Definitely there have been those that expressed concern over Giuliani’s efficiency whilst others mocked it on-line.
Among the many former was Christopher Krebs, who headed up the US Authorities’s efforts to fight election disinformation till he was fired by Trump earlier this week.
In a world the place falsehoods come from the highest and are amplified louder and louder all the way in which down, all of us have to concentrate on proof, reasonably than unsubstantiated bluster.
As a result of proper now it is not simply democracy at risk, however actuality itself.
These dying of COVID-19 refuse to just accept actuality
After a very gruelling shift within the emergency room final weekend, South Dakota nurse Jodi Doering curled up on the sofa together with her canine and a bowl of ice cream and picked up her cellphone.
She wanted to get one thing off her chest.
“It is like a f***ing horror present that by no means ends,” she wrote on Twitter.
Ms Doering wasn’t a lot upset about having to deal with the severely in poor health sufferers that had been steadily rolling into the hospital.
That is a part of her job.
What moved her most was the very fact lots of her sufferers nonetheless refused to just accept the virus was actual, whilst they lay in hospital going through the potential of dying from it.
“Their final dying phrases are, ‘This cannot be taking place. It is not actual,'” Doering mentioned.
“And when they need to be … FaceTiming their households, they’re stuffed with anger and hatred.”
Harmful divisions are rampant in America
In 1957, social psychologist Leon Festinger revealed a examine a few small cult in Chicago referred to as The Seekers.
Its members spent their days making ready for the arrival of an alien flying saucer, which might carry them to security as an apocalyptic flood destroyed the Earth.
When it did not occur by the prophesised date, a couple of members on the perimeter of the group realised that they had made a horrible mistake by gifting away all their cash and possessions.
However the overwhelming majority of members used the non-event to decide on the much less mentally demanding perception that the aliens had actually determined to present Earth a second likelihood at existence.
Within the face of overwhelming proof that their core beliefs had been mistaken, it was simpler to warp actuality even additional, reasonably than come to phrases with the reality.
Festinger referred to as it cognitive dissonance.
And proper now in America, cognitive dissonance is flourishing.
It is evident within the widespread scepticism in regards to the seriousness of the coronavirus, even because the nation’s loss of life toll surges previous 250,000.
However the refusal to just accept actuality in regard to COVID-19 is basically a operate of the larger difficulty that is afflicting this nice and highly effective, however dangerously divided, nation.
The divisions evident now are not only a political battle between the blue staff and the crimson staff.
It is now clearer than ever that either side dwell in utterly separate realities, the place everyone seems to be entitled not simply to their very own opinions, however to their very own info as nicely.
‘Terrifying instruments of persuasion and manipulation’
There are a variety of causes for this, however it’s unimaginable to disregard the influence of the largest amplifier of untruths right this moment, social media.
It is unlikely to be a coincidence that world politics began spearing off the rails across the time Fb and Twitter began to develop into ubiquitous in our day by day lives.
As Barack Obama informed CBS this week: “I do not maintain the tech corporations fully accountable … as a result of this predates social media”.
“It was already there. However social media has turbocharged it.”
In a congressional listening to this week, Democrat senator Richard Blumenthal blasted Twitter chief govt Jack Dorsey and Fb chief govt Mark Zuckerberg.
“You might have made an enormous amount of cash by strip mining information about our personal lives and selling hate speech and voter suppression.”
Twitter’s boss additionally got here beneath sustained assault by Republican senators, who accused the platform of bias for putting fact-check warning labels on Trump‘s unfounded Tweets about election fraud.
It is a uncommon second when Republicans and Democrats are in settlement, that it is previous time to vary the legislation that shields social media corporations from legal responsibility for content material posted by their customers.
Doublethink has gripped the nation
An modification to Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unlikely to resolve the doublethink that pervades the nationwide psyche.
The place the Republicans concurrently have a good time Senate wins in states the place they declare the vote was rigged.
The place the candidate who appears to be like to have secured 306 of the 270 electoral school votes required to win the presidency, with 6 million extra votes than his opponent, is seen by tens of tens of millions of individuals because the clear loser.
The place Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is accused of incompetence by his fellow Republicans, even subjected to nameless loss of life threats, for overseeing a course of that confirmed his personal occasion misplaced the state.
The place the person liable for securing the election, who declared it “essentially the most safe in American historical past” is fired by the President for daring to debunk baseless conspiracy theories disseminated by the White Home.
The place the lawyer tasked with spearheading the President’s problem of the election outcome claims “widespread, nationwide voter fraud” in court docket, earlier than admitting “this isn’t a fraud case” when questioned by the decide.
The place one other Trump lawyer, Sidney Powell, claims a multi-nation communist conspiracy — involving Hugo Chaves, George Soros and The Clinton Basis — rigged the Dominion vote counting machines to make sure a Biden victory in states like Georgia, the place a hand recount confirmed the accuracy of the depend.
It will be comical, if it wasn’t so critical.
Trump‘s final technique
Within the actuality this correspondent resides in, Trump‘s marketing campaign has proven nothing of substance that comes wherever near proof of mass voter fraud.
A couple of discrepancies and inconsistencies right here or there, however nothing extra.
However, as anticipated, it is turning into clearer that Trump‘s sport is not about profitable in court docket.
It is about disrupting the method within the hope of profitable the election by default.
For 3 horrifying hours this week, the 2 Republican-appointed officers in Wayne County, Michigan, refused to certify the outcomes of the election, throwing Joe Biden‘s 16 electoral votes into doubt because the deadline for certification drew close to.
It prompted excessive reward from the President.
Considered one of his authorized advisors, Jenna Ellis, claimed it paved the way in which for “Republican state legislator[s] [to] choose the electors” — an open invitation for the Republican-led legislature at hand the state to Trump, not Biden, in defiance of the desire of the folks.
This was a state that Biden received by virtually 150,000 votes.
Now think about how the certification course of may go in states the place the margin is just some thousand votes.
Trump is now reportedly searching for to subvert the electoral school course of straight, by inviting Michigan politicians to satisfy with him on the White Home tomorrow.
It is unlikely to succeed, with one of many invitees, Michigan Senate Chief Mike Shirkey telling Bridge Michigan information that the Legislature wouldn’t transfer to nominate its personal slate of electors.
“That is not going to occur,” Mr Shirkey mentioned.
It is a doubtlessly viable technique if sufficient individuals are satisfied.