Donald Trump is pinning his hopes on putting the results of the 202o Wisconsin presidential election results on a grossly transparent strategy aimed at disenfranchising minority voters and students. But it won’t work. Trump will be dramatically ashamed if the results of the recount he has requested confirm a humiliating defeat for the soon-to-be former president.
Trump’s recount game intentionally and dishonestly refuses to recognize Wisconsin for what it is: a state that is tightly divided between Democrats and Republicans. It is a political battlefield where presidential elections are often decided with less than 1 percent of the vote and where election officials know how to get accurate numbers of votes.
In 2000, Democrat Al Gore overturned Republican George W. Bush in Wisconsin 5,708 votes– a profit margin of 0.22 percent. In 2004, the Democrat John Kerry Bush struck over 11,384 votes– a profit margin of 0.38 percent. In 2016, Republican Donald Trump knocked down Democrat Hillary Clinton 22,748 votes– a profit margin of 0.77 percent.
Biden’s lead is not particularly small by Wisconsin standards. In 2020, Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump, according to the November 3rd ballot in the state 20,608 votes– a profit margin of 0.63 percent.
The Democrat’s profit margin is well above the 0.25 percent threshold set by Wisconsin a few years ago – at the behest of then-governor, Republican Scott Walker and his legislative allies – to determine the area where recount is an outside chance of success could have . The state does not cover the cost of verifying results outside of this range. So Trump and his lawyers have now requested and paid for a recount that began Friday morning. you are to sell the delusion that enough “irregularities” are identified to have the state featured in its column. It is part of a multi-state initiative by the defeated president and his quick-witted doers to stimulate the imagination that – even though he lost the referendum by a margin that will easily exceed 6 million votes and after losing five states that he wore in 2016 – he’s somehow being robbed of a second term.
From the start of the 2020 campaign, Trump put on his re-election bid for a trio of states – Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – that he narrowly won in 2016, as well as states like Minnesota, Georgia and Arizona, where he appeared vulnerable this year. He lost them all in a humiliating result that he does not accept. Instead of admitting Biden’s victory, the president repeatedly resorted to “fraud” and is now trying to find evidence of it in Wisconsin with a much-touted recount.
The problem for Trump is that because Wisconsin has had so many close elections for national and state-wide posts, its district clerks are very good at counting votes. When the recount is complete, it will not reveal any massive errors, let alone fraudulent activity for the President to envision. And it certainly won’t draw the state’s 10 electoral votes into its column. Everyone, Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives, realizes what is going on. Mark Thomsen, a member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, noted that Republican attorneys have failed to provide credible evidence of wrongdoing or incompetence says of Trump“Instead of manning and saying,” I lost, “he now says that all employees are illegal.”
The Trump campaign effectively recognized the absurdity of its claim by filing recounts in only two of the state’s 72 counties. That saved the financially troubled president and his team some money – a nationwide recount would have cost $ 7.9 millionWhile a narrower one will only cost about $ 3 million – it also reveals the ugly truth of the president’s strategy. The two major counties that are recounts – Milwaukee, the largest urban center in the state, and Dane, the home of the state capital and campus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison – were chosen to reinforce the lie that caused great pro- Biden votes received from historical democratic votes Counties were somehow fraudulent.
The recount petition claims that “Errors and frauds have been committed throughout the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the City of Madison, the City of Milwaukee, and throughout Dane and Milwaukee Counties in the counting and return of the President’s election of the United States.”
If “mistakes and fraud” were a problem across the state, why should a recount be enforced only in Dane and Milwaukee counties? The answer to this question is all too obvious.
The newly elected Wisconsin State Representative, Francesca Hong of Madison, noted the focus of the recount and pointed out The
This happens to be the place where 74 percent of the black population in Wisconsin live. This is the most obvious and racist form of voter suppression. So that the Wisconsin GOP continues to congratulate and say thanks 45 [Trump] is sick. There will be no evidence of electoral fraud, only the suppression of voters.
Hong is not alone in this view. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett describes the recount as a “vain attempt to destroy democracy” and says, “Everyone knows this is an attack on cities, minorities and places that have historically voted democratically. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking they are irregularities. This is a downright attack on democracy in cities and places where people of color live. ”
To imagine that a recount in Wisconsin will cancel a lead of 20,608 votes is a fool’s mission. The Wisconsin election officer is professional, orderly, and has a duty to hold free and fair elections. Trump realized this reality in 2016 when Trump, after the Greens forced a nationwide presidential recount celebrated A favorable result – his profit margin improved by a net 131 votes – from a review conducted by many of the same officials he and his aides are now criticizing.
Two years later, in 2018, after Governor Walker lost his re-election offer with 29,227 votes out of nearly 2.7 million votes cast – one of the closest results in the state’s modern history – the Republican hallmark refused to seek a recount and admitted that he had been beaten by Democrat Tony Evers. In an even closer race for attorney general earlier this year, Republican incumbent Brad Schimel decided not to go for a recount and conceded Josh Kaul to Democrat. Kaul won with 17,190 votes for a profit margin of 0.6 percent – just like Biden’s margin this year.
While Republicans in the past accepted the legitimacy of the Wisconsin election and the number of votes, Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan says Trump and his attorneys now “Pump out misinformation to undermine democracy. ”
That is the whole point of the recount. But the president miscalculated. This recount will not reveal any fraud. What will show when all of the Milwaukee and Dane counties’ ballots are rechecked is that Donald Trump really lost the swing state of Wisconsin and the 2020 presidential election.