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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

New York Times Calls For Democrats to Resist Trump's Inauguration as President

Calling for resistance in the face of a lawful election almost qualifies as treason and sedition.


December 27, 2016

Protestors in Santa Monica City Hall call for Electors to refuse Donald Trump's election.

In a rather amazing editorial, an opinion piece in the New York Times has called on the Democratic party to not cooperate in the appointment of Donald Trump as President.

"Where is the Democratic party?" ask writers Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen, as Trump appoints Cabinet members who want to dismantle the departments they will head. Why aren't Democratic leaders making more of Trump's refusal to attend daily Intelligence briefings, of Russian interference in the elections? Why not challenge Mr. Trump in the Electoral college?

At this late date, the editorial is amazing in a way. The nation's most prestigious newspaper, Trump's hometown newspaper whom he has actually visited since the election, is declaring war on his presidency, when they must know it is inevitable.

The rules of a US presidential election are not complicated. The candidate with the most electoral votes wins. The one with the most votes nationally often gets second place.

Fast forward to 2016, and the Democrats are doing nothing of the sort. Instead, they are leaving the fight to academics and local organizers who seem more horrified by a Trump presidency than Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. The Republicans in 2000 threw everything they could muster against the wall to see if it stuck, with no concern about potential blowback; the Democrats in 2016 are apparently too worried about being called sore losers. Instead of weathering the criticism that comes with fighting an uphill, yet historically important battle, the party is still trying to magic up a plan.

More from the Times:

"There's no shortage of legal theories that could challenge Mr. Trump's anointment, but they come from outsiders rather than the Democratic Party. Impassioned citizens have been pleading with electors to vote against Mr. Trump; law professors have argued that winner-take-all laws for electoral votes are unconstitutional; a small group, the Hamilton Electors, is attempting to free electors to vote their consciences; and a new theory has arisen that there is legal precedent for courts to give the election to Mrs. Clinton based on Russian interference. All of these efforts, along with the grass-roots protests, boycotts and petitions, have been happening without the Democratic Party. The most we've seen is a response to the C.I.A. revelations, but only with Republicans onboard to give Democrats bipartisan cover.

Take the recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. While the Democratic Party relitigates grudges in the press, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate who received about 64 million fewer votes than Mrs. Clinton, has led the effort. The Democrats have grudgingly participated from the sidelines, but only because public perception forced them to. This effort has proved feeble, with a Pennsylvania judge denying the request because it was "later than last minute."

"Contrast the Democrats' do-nothingness to what we know the Republicans would have done. If Mr. Trump had lost the Electoral College while winning the popular vote, an army of Republican lawyers would have descended on the courts and local election officials. The best of the Republican establishment would have been filing lawsuits and infusing every public statement with a clear pronouncement that Donald Trump was the real winner. And they would have started on the morning of Nov. 9, using the rhetoric of patriotism and courage."

Dahlia Lithwick (@Dahlialithwick) is a senior editor at Slate. David S. Cohen (@dsc250) is a law professor at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law. So in fairness, the writers of this opinion piece don't actually work for the New York Tims.

Protestors in Santa Monica City Hall call for Electors to refuse Donald Trump's election.

The NY Times' argument that the Republicans wouldn't stand for this fails historically. The Republicans allowed the inauguration of a guy with one term in the US Senate and an incredibly Islamic name, just 7 years after 9/11. This despite his previous association with professors who had called for armed conflict against the US government. There was much nervousness about Barack Hussein Obama, but no one blocked his inauguration, because it was the will of the American people as expressed at the ballot box.

Calling for resistance in the face of a lawful election almost qualifies as treason and sedition. Trump didn't cheat. Sorry, it's true. He won fair and square. Recounts have been held, CNNs Martha Raddatz has dried her tears. It's all over but the shouting. Elections have results. Recounts have failed to alter the fact that on January 21, 2017, Donald Trump will be our 45th President.


Reader Comments

Melania writes:

No conflict of interest here, eh, Jared?

Sixsixsix writes:

Senator Obama won decisive popular and EC votes after more than a decade in public service and teaching Constitutional law at a real university of national reputation. You pigs cannot bring him down to your self admitted visicious and nasty level. Resisting a tyrant bringing hate and looting the government is patriotism against those betray our country to our worst adversary. For pigs who have shown neither respect nor decency over the last eight years to pretend hurt feelings and innocents is to puke. May your fear of names haunt your ugly dreams because real Americans have no use for you pig leader crashing and burning. No more Mr Nice Guy for con-tards. Game on.

Goidpatrol writes:

The Opinion piece referenced was written by a senior editor at Slate and a law professor from Drexel University, which you note in your article. It was not the opinion of The New York Times, as your headline and article infer. Newspaper Opinion pages publish editorials from all sorts of different perspective. That doesn't mean the newspaper agrees with each one. What if I wrote a similar editorial piece and submitted to your newspaper? Would you then write an article inferring that your newspaper is at war with Trump's presidency?

Art76 writes:

I do not trust the Dem Party. They did nothing to vet BO (no times complaint about that as far as I know). Still lots of uncertainty about his qualifications 8 yrs later. Maybe we will never know what went on with that. So now the Times criticizes them (Dems) for doing nothing to defeat trump, who the voters btw elected. Pursuing Don Quioxte like quests. Times is a sorry excuse for honest journalism. I dont know why anyone seeking truth reads it.

Coffeenean1950 writes:

IF it is proved that the trump (I refuse to capitalize his name until he releases his taxes) campaign WAS in contact w/ Russia during any part of the election, then that will allow the FLOODGATES to open!

Vikon99 writes:

Leo, your insane reaction shows what is wrong in leftist circles. Trump won the election because he garnered more than 270 electoral votes. Like EVERY OTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN OUR HISTORY. If it was a raw vote contest he would have run a different campaign and still would have won because Hillary was the worst candidate the Democratic party could have picked. She was awful on the stump, conspired with the DNC to suppress the Bernie vote, she has huge corruption issues, and the personality of a dead trout. That is why she lost.

Bellagio writes:

(... we need to put country before ideology right now.) What?? Is that not what you sore losers are doing... putting ideology before country. If thats the case then why didn't we scream and riot when Obama was elected? Surely he was not an ideology consitent with our founding fathers. You cry babies should be celebrating you don't have an Obama 3rd term with Hillary. 4 more years of despotism, corruption and rule by oligarchy. Besides, Hillary was a treasonous, corrupt, lying politician exposed and unplugged. If that's your idea of high ideals and statesmanship, you snowflakes need to change your diapers and grow up to accountability!

Leo writes:

Trump lost the election. He's indebted to and vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. He is a fraud and it would be treasonous not to resist his installation. We need to put country before ideology right now.


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