Game-On for the Coup?

Strictly speaking, a coup is an illegitimate change of government by violent means. But what if you can do it without violence? To win without fighting is best, Sun Tzu says. An ostensibly (“mostly”) peaceful ouster from power is preferable to the use of force because it can much more easily be sold as “our democracy” at work.

National polls consistently predicted a huge Biden blowout. That they were wrong (again) is demonstrated by the facts that a) the 2020 popular vote is, so far (California is not fully counted), a mere two-point spread, hardly a blowout; b) Trump got a higher share of the vote than last time; and c) Trump received far more total votes than last time.

But it’s the swing states that matter. Here (again) Trump was supposed to lose—if not necessarily bigly in every case, at least widely.

But throughout the day, the president consistently outperformed the polls. He crushed his 2016 performance in Florida. He also outperformed in Iowa, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. Senators he was supposed to drag down with him, including Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, and Mitch McConnell, won handily. Even Susan Collins, who was supposed to be sure goner and lose by at least three, won by nine. A party that was “certain” to lose the Senate has kept it and gained (so far) six seats in the House.

Looking at states no one expected Trump to lose, his overperformance is even starker. The polling average for West Virginia was Trump +17; he won it by 39. Kansas was estimated at +9; the result was +15.

Throughout the day the president was also outperforming his expected result in key states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He even, for a time, looked like he was within striking distance in Virginia, a state Hillary Clinton won by five points in 2016. At one point the New York Timess “meter” had Trump’s chances in North Carolina at 92 percent. The needle was also sliding in the president’s direction in Arizona and Georgia, among others.

And then, suddenly, the counting stopped in at least five states (or parts of states): Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; all but one with a Democratic governor (coincidence, surely!). When has that ever happened? Well, it happened in Broward County, Florida, in 2018, when a dodgy Democratic election official appeared to be intervening, illicitly, on her party’s behalf. The process only got back underway when the state’s (Republican) governor intervened and had her removed from the process.

But getting back to Tuesday night, some time in the wee hours, additional ballots were “found” and added to early totals which had Trump ahead. To no one’s surprise, those votes were overwhelmingly—literally as much as 100 percent in some batches—for Biden. According to Nate Silver, no one’s idea of a Trumpist, one tranche of 23,277 votes that turned up in Philadelphia were “all for Biden.” Absent some kind of harvesting or fraud (or both), that’s a logical and statistical impossibility.

Through the night, all such ballots came from heavily Democratic areas posting unusually, improbably high turnout. Eighty-five percent in Milwaukee? A city that turned out at only 61 percent in 2016, and even with Obama on the ballot in 2012, at 71 percent? But 85 percent for Sleepy Joe? According to one report, seven Milwaukee precincts returned more presidential votes than they have registered voters. Turnout in Wisconsin overall is alleged to have been 89.25 percent, more than five standard deviations for the state’s mean turnout since 1960—another statistical impossibility.

One might also wonder why this urban blue wave materialized only in close states. Milwaukee was way up but not Cleveland? Philly but not St. Louis? Granted Ohio and Missouri are red, but their big cities aren’t.

We’ve seen this movie before . . .

Read the rest at The American Mind.

About Michael Anton

Michael Anton is a lecturer and research fellow at Hillsdale College, a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, and a former national security official in the Trump Administration. He formerly wrote under the pseudonym Publius Decius Mus when he was a senior editor of American Greatness. He is the author most recently of The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return.

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35 responses to “Game-On for the Coup?”

  1. Sore loser talk. The temporary “score” on election night is almost totally irrelevant.

    Trump did lose almost all the key states that he needed to win except Florida. When all the mail in ballots have been counted, he will have failed to keep Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and (most likely) even Georgia. He clearly lost Minnesota and New Hampshire too (and Nevada by a more narrow margin), despite talking about winning them. When all the votes have been counted, the popular vote margin will probably be comparable to Obama vs McCain in 2008.

    Michael Anton & co. can only look themselves in the mirror. It takes a certain degree of incompetence to fail to get reelected when you are the incumbent president. Nobody has failed to do this since Jimmy Carter in 1980 (George H W Bush and Gerald Ford were unique cases as they succeeded outgoing presidents). And little wonder: in terms of competence and personal suitability for the job, Donald J Trump may well be the least qualified president in history. He is a borderline psychopath who has no relevant professional experience except as a snake oil salesman and reality TV show performer, based largely on the huge inheritance from his millionaire dad.

    • His list of accomplishments, both as a private citizen and as President is much longer than the one you would present. A list of least qualified presidents is longer than you think. A simple study of history would prove that. But at the top of that list would be Joe Biden, a fraud, a plagiarist without an original thought, a man with no significant list of accomplishments in a 50 year political career and man who sold out America for the almighty dollar. As far as the presidency, when a man is so obsessed with having all that power, it is dangerous. We will see what happens in the courts. If there is any justice, fake mail in ballots, produced just in the nick of time, will be disallowed and that practice, as well as early voting will be abolished. Our electoral system, like everything else touched by progressives, has been stained beyond anything imagined even 10 years ago.

    • He didn’t lose, the election was stolen. Sore loser? How do you have over 100% turnout? Theft, pure and simple. Biden may win, but it will be the most corrupt victory in world history engineered by the most corrupt party since the Bolsheviks.

    • Incoherent unreasonable irrelevant liberal. The reasoning behind this person’s comments is the reason why the country is presently in chaos. Elitist nonsense.

    • You are a drone and clearly possess no objectivity. But nice try.

  2. Mr. Anton:

    First, you do yeoman’s work and kudos. But how do you propose we “stop it?” Open to any suggestion that actually results in Donald Trump being sworn in for his second term on January 20th, 2021.

    • Link to his American Mind article and read his suggestions on how to stop it.
      We knew this was coming. It happened in CA in 2018.
      Anton tells it like it is. I worked as a poll watcher in CA and watched this very scenario unfold. With a Dem AG no one would prosecute the cheating.
      Elections need to be broken out into Federal Ballots and state ballots. States can no longer be trusted to run a fair election.

      Thank you Michael Anton for spelling out the truth so clearly.

    • J.J.

      And you do yeoman’s work at Ace of Spades HQ on The Morning Report…

      Came here from there…Keep the faith!

      Behind enemy lines, head down until I can plan and fund an escape

  3. Voting procedures for each state can be read in detail. It is misleading to inform your readers that races in some states got tighter because ballots were suddenly found in the wee hours. You can read information about the vote count over time for each state. It shows how each candidate pulled ahead or fell behind as votes were counted over time. This often was related to when states were allowed to start processing mailed-in ballots. States like PA and MI, which could not start processing ballots until election day, were behind other states in counting these. States like Ohio were able to start processing mailed-in ballots immediately. Ohio is still only reporting 90% of its ballots. But because the race isn’t as close as in other states, the winner has been called.

  4. Republicans need to use all legal means to stop this illegal steal by the Dems.

    The US Constitution provides the mechanism:

    Article II, Section 1 of US Constitution gives State Legislatures a specific role in directing how electoral college Electors are appointed.

    “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”

    This role is given to the State Legislature alone by the Federal Constitution and does not require a State Law to be passed, State Governor signature or permit State Supreme Court overview.

    It just requires the State Legislature to give directions. This could be by passing a bill via both State Houses or some other method (ie joint direction of both houses) or via the State Constitution.

    The US Supreme Court has sole jurisdiction to interpret the direction of the State Legislature as to this appointment of Electors as this is a US Constitutional question and the US Constitution does not give State Governors or State Courts any role.

    Furthermore, State Supreme Courts only have jurisdiction to review State Law, not a Legislative Direction under the US Constitution.
    Even if that Legislative Direction then went on to become State Law, the State Supreme Court can only look at the Law, not the underlying Legislative Direction, which is what matters under the US Constitution.

    Pennsylvania Constitution

    Article VII, Section 14 of the Pennsylvania Constitution provides:

    § 14. Absentee voting.
    (a) The Legislature shall, by general law, provide a manner
    in which, and the time and place at which, qualified electors
    who may, on the occurrence of any election, be absent from the
    municipality of their residence, because their duties,
    occupation or business require them to be elsewhere or who, on
    the occurrence of any election, are unable to attend at their
    proper polling places because of illness or physical disability
    or who will not attend a polling place because of the observance
    of a religious holiday or who cannot vote because of election
    day duties, in the case of a county employee, may vote, and for
    the return and canvass of their votes in the election district
    in which they respectively reside.

    This sets out an exclusive list of reasons why mail-in votes may be permitted and effectively prohibits open-ended mail-in voting without reason (as has occurred widely in Pennsylvania).

    Thus the US Supreme Court should:
    1) find that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction to interpret the Legislature’s direction under the US Constitution;

    2) find that the State Legislature’s direction, as embodied in the State Constitution, as to the mechanism of selecting Electors by popular election does not permit mail-in votes without a reason.

  5. The counternarrative “stab in the back” theory. Where have we seen this before?
    Before you go too far down this road, consider: Biden is up by more than 3 million in the popular vote. So it is very plausible he won WI and MI, and the electoral college as a whole. Trump was never predicted to win in those states.
    Trump never had 50 percent public support, so his vote total, though impressive, seems about right.
    Late vote swings also helped Trump in some places. This happens in every election, and it is unremarkable.
    Trump has to win in too many states where he was behind in the polls (even GOP polls). It is remarkable he did this well.
    If the fix is in, why didn’t the Democrats do this for more Senate candidates too? How did they overlook that?
    Have evidence before you start claiming massive fraud. It isn’t as easy to do as you think.

  6. Nothing happens without a reason. And I suggest that the reason is this: Had Mr Trump won decisively and immediately, there would have been blood in the streets. This way, the jackals were wrong-footed and the planned response was defused and diffused.

    It’s in good hands.

    • I had that thought,too. I also thought the real radicals wanted a Biden loss. Anyway, God runs the world and the leeches on society do not. Trump’s legal team needed cases to pursue up to the top and now here they are. I’m glad Roberts’ ability to twist decisions is now minimal.

  7. And not a thing will be done about it. America is dead. The Democrats are stealing an election in the open, and the GOP is too gutless to go to war and end this permanently

    • President Trump’s legal team will expose, then invalidate the Democrat Party cheating and President Trump will officially be reelected.

    • The GOP may be gutless, but we the people have Trumps back & that’s why in my state in Michigan we have thousands of ppl putting pressure in Detroit where they came in the middle of the night with fridges full of Biden votes out of no where. 138,000+ all went to Biden while 0 went to Trump which is statically impossible unless fraud is put in the equation then it makes it 100% possible. The only answer to that is Fraud. If Tx & FL could count 11M+ votes in 1 night and all these other democrat run states that trump was destroying Biden called it a nigh after they say a massive trump lead. After only counting 65% of vote, they realized how many fake ballots they needed to make Biden win. Massive corruption on a scale never before seen. If these states like WI, AZ, MI, PA & NC all continued counting the votes last night & didn’t purposely stop trump would of won all of them. However they stopped bc they knew they were going to get ‘new ballot drops in Bidens name only’ absolutely disgusting & we the people have Trumps back & will do anything we can to stop this steal.

  8. Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up. Arise and let us take our stand for liberty as in the olden time…

  9. This is a “color revolution” operation, like the attempted overthrow of Ukraine under Obama.
    So how do such operations get countered? History says that millions of citizens must take to the streets.

  10. Take it to the House, which has the ability to reject fraudulent electoral votes.

    If the highest vote getter in the electoral college has a plurality and not a majority of the electoral college votes, the House would then choose among the top vote getters in the electoral college who is the president.

    The President must ultimately get a majority of the state delegations in Congress).

    The constitution itself is silent on whether votes may be rejected by the Congress OR what to do with disputed slates of electors (which I believe never came up until Tilden/ Hayes).

    But under the 20th amendment and the 1887 Electoral Count Act, objections to electoral votes CAN be raised when votes are counted in the joint session in Congress, but it requires the written objection of both a representative and a Senator, both from the same state.

    If that occurs, the joint session then dissolved into separate House and Senate Sessions to resolve the issue by vote, and the time for debate is limited.

    Bottom Line – Fraudulent elector vote counts from a state due to fraudulently selected slates of electors can be rejected by the Congress, and if that results in a situation where no one has majority, the House selects the President, who must win a majority of the state Delegations in the House and in the Senate, voting separately.

  11. Either the courts, or at least the US Supreme Court, back the rule of law in these fraud cases, or kiss the Republic goodbye. It’s already alarming when 45% or more of voters consistently absorb and accept leftist lies.

    • The so called Republic died in 1917 in the Wilson Administration.

      Further, Trump or his ace staff should have know this would happen when the did nothing to stop the mail in ballots associate with the covid panic. In the end Trump was just too stupid to win.

      • I understand your frustration, but your comment is off base. Other than some fairly broad federal guidelines, elections are under the jurisdiction of state and local governments. There isn’t much that can be done about that unless those jurisdictions are flaunting federal statutes or the constitution. That’s what the “lawyering up” is about.

  12. Historically the only way to stop a color revolution is war. You have to remember though, evil communists always strike first to seize the advantage. You are seeing that right now. The USA doesn’t survive 4 years of Kamala Harris. This whole, well we still got the Senate and SC talk is nonsense. The Communists are going to flood the country with more 3rd world crap hole communists until we are in a 1 party state.

    Mitch McConnel and Kevin McCarthy need to be rallying Republicans not to accept the results of a stolen fraudulent election.

    • I agree.. this election is being stolen.
      If this happens and we let it happen as Americans, we will never have Fair elections again and the democracy is gone.

  13. It’s over. The ruling class has won and the message is clear: don’t try this again. We lost it when mail in voting was “normalized”; once the Dems got that through they effectively won the presidential race regardless of the candidate. Now even Fox is trying to placate us by saying “divided government” is good and this will somehow prevent further tax increases, etc. BS; the Republicans will fall into line as the perpetual opposition party and willingly go along with the “managed decline” of this once great country.

  14. One thought is that many millions of mail in ballots were sent out, an unprecedented amount – it is possible that people voted by mail and then voted again in person, especially in places where these were not absentee ballots. Another thought is that, in places where there was a huge sudden bump for Biden in the tens of thousands, which is a statistical impossibility, that it is a data entry error. Any case like this needs to trigger a recount.

  15. A couple of things. First, it is possible that a batch of votes might all be for a Democrat if they came from an all-black precinct where Republicans are as rare as Bigfoot. Also, he mentions Virginia. I watch Virginia closely every election. I use to live there. In EVERY case, the count will be well in favor of the Republican candidate and the count will be in the upper 90% range then all of a sudden, thousands of votes will be dumped for the Democrat. They ALWAYS, without fail, come from the mostly black Tidewater and DC precincts. It’s easy to overcount in those precincts because there’s no Republican presence and they can report any number they want. This is also true in northern cities such as Detroit and Milwaukee, as well as Philadelphia and Baltimore. Democrats and their media buddies deny it but election fraud has been rampant in this country since Andrew Jackson, if not all the way back to Washington.

  16. Mike is close to the right answer. Force (whether war or other means) is what stops this. Force and force alone.

    Trump has now outright claimed that certain states were stolen through means of fraud, signaling his intent to take this all the way. This election will be decided by the Supreme Court, and if it rules in Trump’s favor, on the DOJ to ensure the correct counts for the states that Trump should win (WI, MI, PA, GA, NC, AZ).


    The Great Tribulation Is Here
    NOVEMBER 5, 2020

    There is always hope, they say, and that’s certainly true. Without hope, how would God’s great experiment (so to speak) known as man ever make sense? But the Lord gave us free will, and ever since that initial step away from unity, which was the Fall, we’ve been out on the high seas, sometimes more, at other times less pleasing to our Creator. Throughout history, our innate tendency to rather listen to the seductive blandishments whispered in our ears by the eternal Serpent than to the clear-cut Commandments of our Heavenly Father, has produced all kinds of bizarre fruits. Marxism, or communism, is such a fruit (the Second Vatican Council and what it brought about is another). Betraying, robbing, enslaving and butchering generation after generation ever since that infamous day in November of 1917 when Lenin’s Bolsheviks overthrew the provisionary government under Kerensky and subsequently erected the worst tyranny the world had ever seen (and so under the banner of “workers’ liberation”!), communism is still around a century later. It’s well and alive. It’s become stronger, more influential and more sophisticated than ever in taking over country after country (using false splits and false collapses along the way) – until it has finally arrived, as an old and familiar enemy anyway and as a meanwhile frightening and immensely powerful force akin to the Russian Bolshevists a century ago, at the very doorstep of its “main enemy”, the United States of America, where it had been bred and nurtured secretly over many decades (and which is the last obstacle on their path to world dominion). …(continues)

  18. It’s easy to win when you cheat. Just call some republican voters in Arizona who were told they had to use sharpies to complete their ballots only to find out then their ballots were not counted. How many states did these tricks go in?

  19. Biden has signs of fetal alcohol syndrome. Why has no one noticed this before?

  20. I live on the de/pa border. Drove up to Valley Forge, pa yesterday. 3x the Trump yard signs compared to Biden signs. If America wanted Biden to be president, i dont see it. Think about how many people bought Biden for president yard signs, t-shirts, hats, and attended his rallies. No one. We don’t want him as our president. If he steals this election, it will be a crime and a sin.