If Trump needed a final decisive blow to his attempts to overturn the election, it was delivered by Attorney General William Barr. Long a supporter of Trump’s nefarious plans, Barr upended that relationship on Dec. 21 when he rejected his boss’s conclusion that the elections were laced with fraud. He also added that he had no plan to appoint a special counsel to investigate President-elect Biden’s son Hunter.
After issuing a statement that no widespread fraud existed in the election, Barr said that, “If I thought a special counsel at this stage was a right tool and appropriate, I would name one, but I haven’t and I’m not going to.”
To add further dismissal to Trump’s claims, Barr disputed Trump’s view that Russia was not the culprit in the recent cyberattack.
A few days before Barr’s decision, Trump tweeted that he had just “had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill be leaving just before Christmas to spend holidays with his family.”
Meanwhile, Trump continues to fashion plans to usurp the outcome of the election. On Monday, he met with a number of GOP lawmakers to challenge the election during a special session of Congress to ratify the results on Jan. 6. In effect, he plans to further disrupt the conventional process of presidential transition. Even the Pentagon seems befuddled by Trump’s schemes, expressing in a statement that “We don’t know what he might do. We are in strange times.”
Strange indeed, and nothing is more disconcerting and dangerous as his inattention to the virus that during the month of December which is slated to surpass the more than 60,000 in April. Thankfully, two vaccines are on the way, along with an economic stimulus relief from the government that may be far too little and too late for many Americans.