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Bernie Sanders: Trump's Strategy To Delegitimize This Election And To Stay In Office If He Loses Is Not Complicated


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivered a speech on President Donald Trump's "threat to democracy" on Thursday. Sanders, speaking on behalf of the Biden campaign, said this is an election between Donald Trump and democracy. Sanders, forgoing his normal speech about income inequality, said he would be discussing something he wouldn't expect in his "wildest dreams," holding on to democracy.

"Today the peaceful transition of power, the bedrock of American democracy, is being threatened like never before,” Sanders said at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

"This is not just an election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Sanders said. "This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy, and democracy must win."

SANDERS: We have a president today who calls mail-in ballots a hoax and a scam. Trump’s strategy to delegitimized this election and to stay in office if he loses his not complicated. Finding himself behind in many polls, he is attempting massive voter suppression. He and his Republican colleagues are doing everything they can to make it harder and harder for people to vote.

In addition, he is sowing the seeds of chaos, confusion and conspiracy theories by casting doubt on the integrity of this election, and if he loses, justifying why he should remain in office. In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, Trump refused to say that he would leave office if he lost. Asked to give a direct answer on whether he would accept the election results, Trump refused. He said, quote, “I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no. I didn’t last time either,” end of quote. That’s pretty much what he said yesterday.

In the middle of a pandemic, Donald Trump made clear that he wants to defund the postal service in order to limit the use of mail-in ballots. In an interview on August 13th, discussing a possible deal for a relief package that would have funded the United States Postal Service, Trump let the cat out of the bag by admitting that, quote, “If we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail- in voting. They just can’t have it,” end of quote...

On and on and on it goes. Every day, over and over again, Trump is making it harder for the American people to participate in the political process and is attempting to delegitimize the outcome of this election so that if he loses, he can remain in office.

The concerns that I am raising today on not just mine alone, and are not just concerns shared by Progressive’s or Democrats. Miles Taylor, a lifelong Republican who previously served as Chief of Staff inside the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security, on that there is nothing that Trump will not do or say to defeat Biden. This is what he said, and I quote, “Put nothing past Donald Trump,” Taylor told the AP, “He will do anything to win. If that means climbing over other people, climbing over his own people or climbing over US law, he will do it. People are right to be concerned,” end of quote.

Well, I agree with Mr. Taylor. I am concerned and I am very concerned. Last week, my former Senate colleague, Dan Coats, Trump’s own former Director of National Intelligence published a piece in the New York Times, calling for a high level bipartisan and nonpartisan commission to oversee the election, to reassure all Americans that it has been carried out fairly.

Coats wrote, and I quote, “The most urgent task American leaders face is to ensure that the election results are accepted as legitimate. Electoral legitimacy is the essential linchpin of our entire political culture. We should see the challenge clearly in advance and take immediate action to respond,” end of quote. That’s Dan Coats, former Intelligence Director of Donald Trump. I couldn’t agree more. I strongly second Director Coats’ call for this election commission.
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