Friday, September 25, 2020

Colbert, Meyers, and Noah take closer looks at Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power

On Monday, I went to three of my favorite late night comedians to cushion the blow in Noah, Colbert, and Meyers mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg and decry the rush to fill her seat. I do the same today in response to Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. I begin with the cold open to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which posed the question Worried Trump Won't Leave The White House If He Loses The Election?

Are you dealing with an unwanted pest who just won't leave? Call Second Terminix!
I have to admit that's funny.

Next, Colbert himself pondered the question and came up with an answer in his monologue, Trump Wants To Undermine Your Faith In The Election So You Don't Vote Him Out.

As the President reveals his intention to subvert the will of the people, refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after Election Day, it is important to remember one thing: Donald Trump can not remain President if the people vote him out.
Trump can try, but he won't succeed if the American people don't let him.

Seth Meyers examined the issue again in Trump Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transition of Power: A Closer Look.

Seth takes a closer look at Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transition of power while Republicans formulate a plan to steal the election through the courts.
Meyers imitating a BBC corresponding covering civil unrest was spot on. That means we're in Full Frontal, Vox, and WGBH ask What If Trump Refuses To Concede A Loss In November? Serious and silly looks at the Transition Integrity Project's 'war game' territory. Eep!

Speaking of "eep," the final segment today comes from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah's Donald Trump Refuses To Guarantee A Peaceful Transfer Of Power concludes with what some Americans might want to do if Trump holds on to power.

Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transition of power, top Republicans promise that election results will be honored, the president gets booed at the Supreme Court, Roy Wood Jr. definitely isn’t thinking about fleeing the country, and other news that there just isn’t time for.
First, Noah is right, Trump and his more rabid follwers are making America look like a banana republic complete with banana Republicans. Second, while I think fleeing the country now is a bad idea, I can see why some people might consider it. I hope it doesn't come to that. That's why I'm going to follow the advice of the mourners of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and "vote him out!"

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