Despite Joe Biden’s certification of victory in all 50 statesAs Seth Meyers reported Thursday night, Donald Trump’s allies continue to try to reverse the outcome. “Trump and his allies in the right-wing media are doing everything they can to create a false mythology around his electoral defeat,” explained Meyers, “an unhinged fantasy in which he actually won and the votes for anyone else are illegitimate “.
His belief in Trump’s victory is not based on “any real evidence of voter fraud, as there is none,” Meyers continued. “They just take it as an article of faith that there is no way Trump has lost.” For example, a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the Pennsylvania election results is so “flimsy and error-prone” that to support the claim that Trump’s loss was statistically impossible, the attorney Trump’s John Eastman, a street vendor of a conspiracy theory against Kamala Harris’s citizenship, tweeted that Trump “won both Florida and Ohio; no candidate in history, Republican or Democrat, has lost the election after winning both states. “
“Which is true, if you start counting after 1960,” Meyers corrected (Richard Nixon won both Florida and Ohio, but lost the election to John F Kennedy).
“Do these guys do any research before writing this?” Meyers wondered. “Can’t afford a Siri or a Clippy? Swallow your pride and ask Jeeves, for crying out loud. “
However, Republican attorneys general in 17 states have joined the Texas lawsuit, with public support from Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. “This is what Trump and the Republican Party obsessively focused on as thousands of Americans die every day from a pandemic that they clearly don’t care about,” Meyers lamented. “At some point, you are speechless.”
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also addressed the Trump team’s Hail Mary lawsuit in Texas to overturn the results of the Pennsylvania election, which is backed by Republican attorneys general in 17 states. “Hmm, what is it called when a group of states come together to say that the other states elected the wrong president?” Colbert said blankly. “Some kind of grouping or… confederation of states? I see why now they kept all those flags. “
The success of the case is extremely unlikely, a fact even recognized by some of the president’s supporters. Texas Senator John Cornyn, for example, told CNN’s Manu Raju that he read the summary of the case and “frankly struggles to understand the legal theory of the case.”
“Let me explain, Senator, the Texas attorney general is just bringing water for the president,” Colbert explained, “citing the landmark Brown v Nose case.”
In other news, the US government and 48 attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday, calling the tech giant an “illegal monopoly.”
“Yeah, it’s like a monopoly,” Colbert said, “except every time it passes, instead of getting $ 200, Zuckerberg sells his data to a spam farm in Moldova.”
The Federal Trade Commission argues that the company, which also owns WhatsApp and Instagram, should separate. “To be clear, Facebook has yet to split, but it has changed its status to ‘it’s complicated,'” Colbert joked. “Of course, if Facebook breaks down, you have the daunting task of manually checking and removing the tags from photos.”
And in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel urged Americans to trust the impending Covid vaccines, after a survey revealed about half of Americans intend to receive one. “Many Americans say they want to wait and see, which is a strategy that will result in the unnecessary death of many people,” he explained.
“If most of us don’t understand it, it won’t work as well. Half of us are concerned about putting this substance into our bodies because we don’t know what it contains, and yet we have no problem with 16 ounces of something called Monster Energy Assault. “
“If it’s in the half of Americans who do want the vaccine, you may not be able to get it yet,” he added, as it was revealed this week that over the summer, the Trump administration approved a deal with Pfizer to secure 100 million more doses of his vaccine, which will now go to other countries.
“By not reserving enough vaccines, negotiator Don put the United States far behind Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the 27 EU countries,” Kimmel said. “Until we get the vaccine, we just have to be careful, which we don’t.”
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