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USA: ’We’re Ready to Mobilize’: As Trump Moves to Steal Election, 500+ Demonstrations Planned to Protect the Results

“He Doesn’t Decide... We the People Do”: Trump Denounced for False Election Night Claim of Victory

Saturday 7 November 2020, by siawi3

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

’We’re Ready to Mobilize’: As Trump Moves to Steal Election, 500+ Demonstrations Planned to Protect the Results

“We expected Trump and Republicans to try every trick in the book to cling to power. Join the movement to stop a constitutional crisis.”

by Jake Johnson,
staff writer

“We’re gonna have to do this,” said Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of youth-led advocacy group Earth Uprising. “We need the world to help us.” (Image: Protect the Results)

Update:

The Protect the Results coalition announced it has decided for the moment not to activate its national mobilization network Wednesday as vote-counting in the presidential election continues in states across the nation, including several key battlegrounds.

In a statement, the coalition said it “remains ready to activate if necessary” and noted that “some local organizers may still hold ’Count Every Vote’ events in their community.”

“Right now, election officials are continuing to count millions of votes across the country, Biden is ahead in the Electoral College and the popular vote, and the outcome of this election will be decided by the voters, not Donald Trump,” the coalition said. “Now, we must be patient and wait as election officials continue to count those ballots.”

Read the coalition’s full statement:

Today, as millions of votes are counted and with Joe Biden’s lead in several key states growing, the Protect the Results coalition is announcing that it will not be activating the entire national mobilization network today, but remains ready to activate if necessary. While the coalition will not be activating its national network, some local organizers may still hold “Count Every Vote” events in their community.

Right now, election officials are continuing to count millions of votes across the country, Biden is ahead in the Electoral College and the popular vote, and the outcome of this election will be decided by the voters, not Donald Trump. Now, we must be patient and wait as election officials continue to count those ballots.

It’s clear from his false claims last night that Donald Trump is desperate and knows he’s losing. The American people will decide who our next President will be, not Donald Trump.

While the coalition will not activate nationwide events today, we know that Trump may say and do anything he can to cling to power—and that’s why the entire coalition will remain vigilant in the days and weeks ahead. We are ready to mobilize if needed to ensure every vote is counted and respected.

At each and every step in the process until then, the more than 165 progressive and conservative advocacy groups, labor unions, government watchdogs, and grassroots networks that are part of the Protect the Results coalition urge election officials and the media to not only keep the public informed as results are certified, but to also immediately combat any disinformation about the results.

Earlier:

As the nightmare scenario many have been warning about for months came true early Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s false declaration of victory, advocacy organizations behind the “Protect the Results” coalition reaffirmed that they are prepared to mobilize across the United States as the nation teeters on the edge of a constitutional crisis.

If the coalition decides to officially activate the mass protests in response to Trump’s false victory claim, more than 500 demonstrations are scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon as the vote count continues, with a trio of key battlegrounds—Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—at the center of the nation’s attention. The coalition is expected to meet early Wednesday to decide whether to greenlight the wave of demonstrations.

In a speech from the White House early Wednesday with millions of votes left to count, President Donald Trump did what the coalition of more than 130 advocacy groups, labor unions, and environmental organizations has long feared he would: Falsely declared outright victory, baselessly cried voter fraud in key states that may not ultimately turn out in his favor if all ballots are counted, and threatened to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court to help him stop the vote count.

“We expected Trump and Republicans to try every trick in the book to cling to power,” advocacy group Indivisible, one of the original founders of the “Protect the Results” coalition, tweeted early Wednesday. “That’s why we’re ready to mobilize. Join the movement to stop a constitutional crisis.”

“We’re gonna have to do this,” said Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of youth-led advocacy group Earth Uprising. “We need the world to help us.”

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

“He Doesn’t Decide... We the People Do”: Trump Denounced for False Election Night Claim of Victory

“We must count every vote, and prepare for what’s coming,” warned one progressive activist. “This is a crucial moment to defend democracy from fascism at home.”

by Jon Queally,
staff writer

US President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump realized the fears of many political observers Tuesday night by falsely claiming a “big win” in the U.S. presidential election despite many millions of votes yet to be counted and no clear victor even remotely in sight.

“He doesn’t decide ... we the people do. Forget his nonsense. We will ensure every vote is counted.” —MoveOn.org

With the battle over crucial electoral college votes still potentially days or even weeks away—and just after Democratic nominee Joe Biden spoke to the nation in a televised address to urge patience for official results—Trump, just before 1:00 am ET, tweeted he would be “making a statement tonight” and then called it “a big WIN!”

Moments later, Trump falsely stated “We are up BIG”—even though at the time both the Associated Press and New York Times election desks had Biden up 213 to 174 in their electoral college projections. Trump then unleashed another lie, stating that the Democrats “are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”

Twitter immediately slapped a message on the Trump tweets warning that they contained overt misinformation, stating: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” In order for viewers to see the tweets, they would have to click through the warning.“Firing back against Trump’s brazen misinformation, Biden himself tweeted:”It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare the winner of this election. It’s the voters’ place.“In his earlier speech, Biden urged the nation to remain”patient“as all the votes are counted, but added that he was”optimistic about the outcome.“”We believe we are on track to win this election,“Biden told supporters from his home city of Wilmington, Delaware.”It ain’t over until every vote is counted," he said.

Grassroots organizers like MoveOn.org said Trump would not get away with it:

Trump emerged to supporters after 2:00 pm ET inside the East Room of the White House where he again falsely claimed victory in the election and lied repeatedly by equating the counting of votes with an effort by Democrats to steal the election.

“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump asserted, with no evidence whatsoever to support such a claim. “This is an embarrassment to our country,” he continued. “We were getting ready to win this election—frankly, we did win this election.”

The president continued by saying his campaign’s “goal now is to ensure—for the good of this nation, and this is a very big moment—this is a major fraud in our nation. We want the law to be used in the proper manner. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

“We want all voting to stop,” Trump continued, though of course since polls closed in states on Tuesday evening, all voting has already ended. Trump then bizarrely claimed that phantom ballots might somehow appear “at four o’clock in the morning” that would be “added to the list,” apparently by Democrats.

“As far I’m concerned,” Trump said, “we already have won it.”

George Goehl, director of the progressive advocacy group People’s Action, was among those issuing immediate rebuke to any effort by Trump or the Republican Party to steal the election or misinform the American people before the tally of every vote is complete.

“Count every vote, no matter how long it takes,” said Goehl. “Democracy includes us all. Anyone running for office can say whatever they want to, but it’s the will of the voters that decides. Donald Trump and Republicans know they’re losing and like any cowards would, are doing everything they can to try and steal this election and block our votes and voices. The voters will decide our next president. And once every single vote is counted, the will of the people will be overwhelmingly clear.”

While progressives and pro-democracy watchdogs for weeks have warned that Trump would try pull such shenanigans on Election Night, in the end it played out much as many reported and predicted it might.

“You are as predictable as you are corrupt,” tweeted progressive organizer Kai Newkirk in response to the president’s tweet. “All the votes have been cast already. Now they just have to be counted. This is a democratic republic—not a dictatorship. And We the People intend to keep it. Every vote will be counted.”

Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the advocacy group M Power Change, said Trump’s efforts to subvert the election results would not be tolerated for even one moment.

“We must count every single vote—period,” Sarsour said in a statement late Tuesday night. “We must count every vote, and prepare for what’s coming. This is a crucial moment to defend democracy from fascism at home. We are committed to making sure every vote is counted, whether that means us hitting the streets, taking part in massive nonviolent civil disobedience, or showing up in Washington, D.C. ourselves.”