By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) A president who can barely issue an executive order without it being challenged, often successfully at first, in federal court is somehow going to must the authority to shut down voting in the largest state in the union for the 2020 election.
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That’s a prediction Morgan State University professor and MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson made during programming on the network Thursday.
“Imagine Donald Trump deciding sometime in June, â€˜well I heard this conspiracy theory that a whole lot of illegal immigrants voted in California so I’ve decided that during the presidential election California has to undergo extreme vetting because we can’t trust their votes. Weâ€™re going to shut down voting in a state,'” Johnson said, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“This is literally the kind of thing he will do now. We’re not talking hypotheticals anymore.”
The Free Beacon noted further:
Johnson, a professor at Morgan State University, referenced the possibility that noncitizens voted in the 2016 and 2018 elections in California. Californiaâ€™s Department of Motor Vehicles reported that some noncitizens in the state might haveÂ incorrectlyÂ been registered to vote. Separately, the secretary of stateâ€™s office wasÂ unableÂ to confirm whether noncitizens participated in the 2018 election.Â
Without explanation, Johnson then proffered that Americans should “be terrified” of the president’s supposed power to overthrow our system of government, though he’s been the target of just such an attempt via “Spygate.”
“This is step one to actual autocracy, not the theoretical one,” Johnson said.
“Not the one we talk about in class, but an actual president who will say, â€˜this state’s votes don’t count, these people don’t have a right to vote, these people can’t come into the country.’ That is what they are allowing to happen here. And I don’t understand how anyone cannot be terrified.”
No one on the MSNBC panel appeared to challenge Johnson’s assertion. Interestingly, at the beginning of the clip below, Johnson claims that Trump impeachment attorney Alan Dershowitz and “Fox News” are guilty of “spouting nonsense.”
Abject stupidity passes for thoughtful analysis, once again, on MSNBC. https://t.co/pT8ASQXonn
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Conservative talk giant Rush Limbaugh observed:
Weâ€™re dealing in utter insanity. You know what this is rooted in? This is based on the fact that these people take an out-of-context quote from Trump in a conversation on ABC News about whether or not he can fire Bob Mueller, and during that interview, Trump says, â€œItâ€™s right there in Article II. I can do anything I want. I can fire Mueller. I can not fire Mueller.â€ Theyâ€™ve taken it out of context, and theyâ€™re now running around saying, â€œTrump says he can do anything!
â€œâ€˜He can do anything he wants! He is a monarch, heâ€™s a king, he can do anything!â€ He never said it. He doesnâ€™t believe it. These people know itâ€™s not true, but they have been so immersed in the lie of this for so long, they now believe it â€” and thatâ€™s the root of this. â€œThis is literally the kind of thing he will do now. Weâ€™re not talking hypotheticals anymore.â€ He will simply say Californiansâ€™ presidential votes donâ€™t count. What, and people are just gonna stand aside and let that happen? Meanwhile, who is it thatâ€™s actually trying to overturn an election?
Meanwhile, who is it that actually went out there and tried to change the Electoral College? Who is it that went out there and pressured electors in the Electoral College not to vote the way theyâ€™re required to by law, when the Electoral College convened in December of 2016? This guy, Jason Johnson, is a professor at Morgan State University. He said, â€œAmericans should be terrified of Trumpâ€™s ability to overthrow Americaâ€™s democratic system.â€
Uhhhâ€¦ This is insane. …
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I can easily throw it back at him. Overthrow Americaâ€™s democratic system? Who was it that now admits they got FISA warrants that were illegal to spy on a presidential campaign?
Who was it that used a phony dossier put together by Russian spies, paid for by Hillary Clinton, that was the sole reason there was ever any allegation or investigation of Donald Trump? Threat to the democratic system? And you and I sit here and wonder how in hell is it that people on our side do not see the crisis that we are in the midst of and face. These are people literally attempting to commandeer the next election! They have made no bones about it.
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